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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…

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January 14: SEPTA hears it from regional rail riders | Manayunk condo accepts Bitcoins | North Philly political crossfire

Powerful electrician's union leader John Dougherty stepped down as 1st Ward leader, reports Holly Otterbein, and committeepeople elected 20th division committeeman Tom Rumbaugh to take his place. This fall, Dougherty …

    • 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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New labor agreement could jumpstart Land Bank

The Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation has reached a labor agreement with a bargaining unit representing 31 of its employees, the agency announced on Tuesday. The agreement is the last of four…

    • Rowhouses | Mix it up | Julia Rowe, EOTS Flickr Group

Pew study finds LOOP program in use around Center City

The Longtime Owner Occupants Program, a relief measure passed by City Council in 2013 to ease sudden tax spikes for some homeowners after a citywide reassessment of property values, is…

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Q&A: Council candidate Andrew Stober on bike share politics, Councilmanic prerogative, and the vacant land problem nobody's talking about

Back in June we reported that Andrew Stober, former chief of staff at the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, would be making an independent run for an At-Large City Council…

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Council back in action, moves to bolster Housing Trust Fund

Council’s first day back from summer recess started with a chant. It was the Development Without Displacement campaign, formed last year from the same group that had advocated for the city…

    • (L to R) East Falls Forward officers Angela Velez, Juliet Geldi and Silje Roalsvik (Bastiaan Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Recently-approved East Falls civic group looks to improve commercial district

Residents and developers in need of a zoning variance in East Falls will now have to meet with two different civic groups. At the end of June, Philadelphia's Zoning Board of…

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Three big things we learned from Pew's report on Councilmanic prerogative

This week, the Pew Charitable Trusts released a report detailing the history and impacts of a political tradition known locally as Councilmanic prerogative. The term refers to a practice, which isn’t…

    • Abandoned tax delinquent property on the 2300 block of Gerrit Street in Point Breeze (Clem Murray / Inquirer)

Allan Domb: From Condo King to Tax Collector?

Allan Domb wants to collect all the taxes, and he thinks New York can show Philadelphia how to do it. Domb, a high-end real estate broker who was among the top…

    • Artwork covering one window of a blighted building on Market Street in Harrisburg, Pa. (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

Keystone Crossroads: What's happening in Harrisburg beyond the budget that could affect Pa. cities?

State lawmakers have moved some blight and revitalization bills, although pensions and the Commonwealth’s next fiscal plan dominate discussions in Harrisburg. One piece of legislation awaiting Gov. Wolf’s signature aims to…

    • (L to R) East Falls Forward officers Angela Velez, Juliet Geldi and Silje Roalsvik (Bastiaan Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

New civic group looks to bring another voice to the table in East Falls

There's a new kid on the civic group block in East Falls. Earlier this month, residents launched East Falls Forward, a free-to-join organization with a simple, but ambitious goal: make…

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Council approves plan to restructure planning and development agencies

City Council voted on Thursday to approve Council President Darrell Clarke’s plan to create a Department of Planning and Development within the Mayor’s office, charged with coordinating various boards and commissions…

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Eyes on the Street

Mayor 99: Steal these six ideas from Diaz

If Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney wants to support smarter development and stronger transit, here are six ideas he could poach from Nelson Diaz’ mayoral campaign, offered up in this op-ed…

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