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    • City Hall, 2017 | Ken Van Pelt, EOTS Flickr Group

Ballot Question: Should city move to ‘best value’ from ‘lowest bid’ for contracts?

Councilman Bobby Henon, backed by the Kenney administration, thinks it’s time to update the city’s procurement policies. On Tuesday, voters will decide whether the city should change how it picks vendors…

    • Buildings where Stateside and Black 'N Brew are located saw property tax assessments more than double for 2018. | Jared Brey for PlanPhilly

Property-tax hikes stir worries in East Passyunk, Chinatown, South Street District

Ever since the 2015 campaign, Mayor Jim Kenney has said that supporting commercial corridors is key to his vision for revitalizing the city’s neighborhoods. And while it hasn’t necessarily rolled out…

    • Philadelphia energy vision listening session

Philadelphians share priorities for a more affordable, efficient, clean urban energy future

Last Thursday afternoon, about 60 people showed up at the Municipal Services Building for a listening session, hosted by the Office of Sustainability (OOS), intended to capture residents’ priorities for Philadelphia’s…

    • SEPTA approves one-month budget, waits for word from state

SEPTA has smooth ride through City Council budget hearings

The distance between Philadelphia City Hall and SEPTA’s Headquarters is barely a city block, which may help explain the downright neighborly goodwill during Monday’s City Council hearings on SEPTA’s budget. SEPTA…

    • Monthly Transpasses no longer have gendered stickers.

PA Supreme Court says city’s anti-discrimination laws don’t apply to SEPTA

In a 4-3 decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Philadelphia’s Fair Practices Ordinance does not cover SEPTA. The decision ends a decade-long legal saga that outlived both the original…

    • Society Hill Acme

Council exempts Society Hill from green roof and grocery zoning bonuses

On Thursday, City Council passed a bill exempting Society Hill from the density bonuses offered in exchange for buildings that include fresh food markets and green roofs, under the zoning code’s…

    • Hale Building

Kenney launches Historic Preservation Task Force

Jim Kenney’s administration says it wants to improve the city’s historic preservation environment while encouraging people to see preservation and development as partners in urban growth. Figuring out how to make…

    • No trash dumping

Would requiring waste management plans curb illegal dumping?

On Monday, City Council’s Committee on Licenses & Inspections will consider a bill that would require any building project over $10,000 to submit a detailed waste collection plan to the city.…

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Richard Florida on the new ‘Urban Crisis’: The feds will never save us again

Richard Florida is feeling reflective. He became the equivalent of an urban planning rock star with the publication of his book The Rise of the Creative Class 15 years ago. In…

    • Council President Clarke, Managing Director Mike DiBerardinis, Janet Haas of the William Penn Foundation, and Mayor Jim Kenney at Rebuild grant announcement in November 2016. | Emma Lee/WHYY

Clarke's lingering concerns about Rebuild structure: ‘privatization’ and Council oversight

Rebuild has officially reached that awkward stage when it’s more than just an idea but several steps away from implementation. It’s at the point when politicians haggle over details in public…

    • Tulip and Westmorland | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Parking and affordable housing dominate Department of Planning and Development budget hearing

At City Council’s hearings on the capital budget two perennial issues dominated the debate: parking and affordable housing. The subject of the day included funding for the nascent Department of Planning…

    • Rowhouses in Philadelphia burn after authorities dropped a bomb on the MOVE house in May 1985. (AP Photo, files)

Historical marker coming to site of MOVE assault

The violent confrontation between Philadelphia police and the radical group MOVE in 1985 will be commemorated with a state historical marker later this year. That's because a group of school children…

    • Students at Cecil B. Moore Rec Center during the announcement of a $100 million grant from the William Penn Foundation to improve civic spaces in Philadelphia, November 2016 (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Rebuild team reveals specifics on site selections and nonprofit roles; Council skeptical

In the months before Jim Kenney became the mayor, the project that would become Rebuild started up as data-driven research, taking stock of the city’s universe of parks, rec centers, libraries,…

    • City permit desks in the Municipal Service Building | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Council supportive of higher city permit fees, funds to support L&I, Historical Commission

The Philadelphia City Council is considering increasing fees across the board for most licenses and permits. That might seem like a potentially contentious proposition, inspiring pushback from the business community. Instead,…

    • Zoning notification diagram, 2016 RCO Fact Sheet

Councilman Henon proposes changes to RCO requirements and zoning notice

On Thursday Councilman Bobby Henon introduced legislation to tweak the regulations governing the city’s Registered Community Organizations (RCOs). A product of the 2012 zoning code, RCOs are geographically-specific organizations that developers…

    • Christine Knapp, Office of Sustainability, testifies at a City Council hearing on the environment, March 2017 | Catalina Jaramillo / PlanPhilly

Environmental leaders urge City Council to put climate change on ‘front burner'

“Climate is already changing,” said Liz Robinson, executive director Energy Coordination Agency of Philadelphia (ECA), at a Philadelphia City Council hearing held this Wednesday. “As we can all see from the…

    • Eviction hearing in City Council, March 20, 2017

Council hearing examines evictions, substandard housing, and possible solutions

William Church didn’t look at ease in City Council’s high-ceilinged chambers. The 65-year-old former Marine experiences what he calls “extreme anxiety,” a condition he slowly and deliberately described to the gathered politicians.…

    • Residents of the Grays Ferry neighborhood attended a Civic Engagement Academy hosted by the Philadelphia Commission of Human Relations at the Williams Temple CME Church. (Brad Larrison for NewsWorks)

Philly's Civic Engagement Academy expanding to meet booming demand

Since late November, the city's Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service has received at least one request per day from people interested in volunteer opportunities—a rate that far surpasses the…

    • City Hall | (c) Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

Putting Philadelphia’s $149 million pension fund loss into context

It is not hyperbole to blame Philadelphia’s underfunded pensions for the city’s high taxes, dirty sidewalks, potholed-filled streets, and struggling schools. Every dollar the city has to…

    • New Year's Eve fireworks | NewsWorks (file)

City Council considering increased fees for permits and licenses

On Thursday Councilmember Maria Quiñones-Sánchez introduced a bill to retool the Department of Licenses & Inspections fee regimen. The bill would modestly increase many fees across the board, ranging from…

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