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    • Robert and Barbara Latimore | Max Marin

Years after eminent domain in Hawthorne trauma lingers for some

Long before the Philadelphia Housing Authority set out to remake Sharswood, it rebuilt a section of Hawthorne, a neighborhood tucked just east of Broad below South Street. Hawthorne’s public housing…

    • City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and Ori Feibush (NewsWorks file photos)

Philadelphia City Council members brush off jury's verdict in Feibush v. Johnson

Philadelphia City Council members are brushing off a federal jury's ruling Wednesday that one of their colleagues abused his power over land use.  That power, known as "councilmanic prerogative," allows council…

    • City Hall south

Wage tax relief for Philadelphians working out of state expected, scope of budget impact unknown

Seven Philadelphia residents have challenged the constitutionality of Philadelphia’s wage tax, which levies residents’ incomes earned outside of Pennsylvania. And, according to a recent essay in the University of Pennsylvania Law…

    • Vacant property condemnation by eminent domain, Sharswood, February, 2016 | Emma Lee/WHYY

Remaking Sharswood: Council approves eminent domain of seven properties in Sharswood

City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Thursday authorizing the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) to seize seven properties in Sharswood by eminent domain. This will be PHA’s second round of condemnation in…

    • Streets Department Budget Hearing (From L to R: Dep. Comm. of Sanitation Carlton Williams, Comm. Donald Carlton, Dept. Comm. of Trans. Mike Carroll, Dep. Comm. of Admin. Christopher Newman)

Council largely skips Streets Department budget hearing

City Council had few pointed questions for the Streets Department brass at yesterday’s budget hearing. Instead, two less critical questions of the same flavor dominated: How can my district get more…

    • Roofline and lighting detail

Reynolds Brown introduces bill requiring City to use LED lights

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown introduced legislation mandating the City of Philadelphia to install LED lighting during every major municipal renovation or new construction project. LED lights consume up to 90 percent…

    • clouds over rowhouses

2017 property tax assessments shift more value to land

This month property owners began receiving their 2017 assessments. For some the new assessments were bewildering, particularly because the city has changed its approach to assessing land value. PlanPhilly got a…

    • These garages on Lombard Street (an RM-1 district) provide residential parking, but came at a cost: one extra long curb cut that took away on-street parking and created a boring pedestrian environment

Parking rules questioned at City Council budget hearing

“I’m just concerned about the density, and I’m really concerned about the parking,” Council President Darrell Clarke said Tuesday morning, addressing Planning Commission director Gary Jastrzab during budget hearings. “It’s a…

    • Amoroso's bakery in Southwest Philadelphia, 2015

After Nabisco and Amoroso's leave, Councilman wants tax break for food manufacturers

Councilman Bobby Henon introduced a bill on Thursday that would give new bakeries and other food manufacturing facilities a ten-year break on their Use & Occupancy taxes as an incentive to…

    • Allan Domb | Emma Lee/WHYY

Councilman Domb calls for 20-year tax abatement on homes under $250,000

City Councilman Allan Domb introduced a bill on Thursday that would extend the city’s much-ballyhooed tax abatement for construction and home-repair projects on properties that cost less than $250,000. The abatement…

    • Kenyatta Johnson | Emma Lee/WHYY

Councilman wants a code of conduct for Registered Community Organizations

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a bill on Thursday that could establish “standards of conduct” for the many Registered Community Organizations (RCOs) that host neighborhood meetings and negotiate with developers over construction…

    • Kenney delivers budget address | Screen shot from Channel 64 public access

PlanPhilly budget reader's digest

On Thursday, Mayor Jim Kenney released his budget for Fiscal Year 2017, which begins July 1. Here’s what’s in store for transportation, planning, preservation, commercial corridors and more. $300 million…

    • Bridge Line, Photo by phillytrax

Pennsylvania House votes to give Governor Wolf veto over Port Authority board

In a rare move of bipartisanship in Harrisburg, the state House voted unanimously to empower Governor Tom Wolf with a new veto power. Okay, it is just a veto power over…

    • Kenney signs executive orders, Jan. 4, 2016

Kenney creates Office of Planning and Development

In one of his first official acts after being sworn in as mayor on Monday, Jim Kenney signed an executive order creating the Office of Planning and Development within the Mayor’s…

    • Anne Fadullon | Photo by Albert Yee, Albert Yee Photo

Anne Fadullon, Building Industry Association president, to lead Dept. of Planning and Development

Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced on Monday that he has selected Anne Fadullon to serve as the Director of Planning and Development, a new position that was created when voters approved a…

    • The Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Supreme Court decision imperils a portion of wage tax in Philadelphia and Wilmington; Officials unwilling or unable to estimate likely budget impact

Thanks to a ruling this year from the Supreme Court of the United States, Philadelphians who earn out-of-state income may qualify for a break on their city wage taxes - a…

    • Wilson Goode Jr.

After 16 years on City Council, Wilson Goode looks forward to moving on

“Tuesday was Election Day,” announced Wilson Goode, Jr., from his seat in Council Chambers just a few days after the primary election in May. “I lost the race for the first…

    • City Council chambers.
Eyes on the Street

The evolution of councilmanic prerogative and what to do about it

Ever wonder how the practice of "councilmanic prerogative," the process by which 10 district councilmembers control land use and public property decisions in their jurisdictions, came to be? Community contributor John…

    • municipal waffle | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Proposal to coordinate planning and development on Tuesday's ballot

Next week, Philadelphia voters will be asked to elect a new mayor, new state Supreme Court judges, and at least a few new members of City Council. Turnout is expected to…

    • Gretz Brewery complex after the corner building's demolition | November 6, 2013

Judge questions city's 'Doors and Windows' ordinance

Philadelphia has recently received a round of plaudits in the national press for its efforts to force landowners to keep vacant properties in decent shape. Among those efforts is the “Doors…

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