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    • Local 98 used its power to shut down work unlawfully at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

‘Red-striped’: How Johnny Doc played Philly’s building inspectors

It pays to know a guy when you want to build in Philadelphia. Especially if that guy is a sitting council member with the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspection on…

    • A file photo of former ZBA chair James Moylan

Feds: Former ZBA head embezzled from nonprofits

James Moylan, a Pennsport chiropractor and former head of Philadelphia’s Zoning Board of Adjustment, was indicted Tuesday by federal authorities on charges that he embezzled money from two nonprofits he organized.…

    • Jamie Gauthier stands in Fairmount Park.

Fairmount Park Conservancy leader to challenge Blackwell for Philly Council seat

Former Fairmount Park Conservancy executive director Jamie Gauthier will challenge longtime City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell for control of West Philadelphia’s 3rd District. Gauthier took the reins at the conservancy, a fundraising…

    • Properties in the neighborhoods surrounding Drexel University offer apartments for a burgeoning student population.

Philly officials to face Council scrutiny on faulty property assessments

This afternoon an extremely wonky fight over how Philadelphia assesses property values is going to take center stage in City Hall.  Since the beginning of 2019, two audits have shown flaws…

    •  UPS has rolled out e-cargo tricycles in Pittsburgh and Seattle. Another city will be announced within the next few months.

UPS is trading trucks for tricycles in some cities. Cargo trikes could roll in Philly too, officials say.

When UPS announced it would start using a battery-powered cargo tricycle to make some of its downtown deliveries, the mayor greeted the plan with open arms. The delivery giant had already…

    • The Norristown high speed rail line would run through King of Prussia under SEPTA's plan.

SEPTA awards design contract for King of Prussia rail project

SEPTA’s plan to extend rail service to King of Prussia took a step forward last week when the agency awarded a preliminary design contract to HNTB, an infrastructure solutions firm. The…

    • This 2013 photo shows Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez stands in front of a blighted home in her district.

Philadelphia Land Bank reform introduced as fix for troubled sales process

On City Council’s first week back in session, Councilmember Maria Quiñones-Sanchez introduced a bill to bring additional oversight and transparency to the Philadelphia Land Bank, an agency that sells city-owned land.…

    • A rendering of the Central Delaware River waterfront produced as part of the riverfront planning process.

With new towers coming to the Delaware River waterfront, proposed rules encourage public access

As developers descend on the Delaware River waterfront with plans for luxurious new high-rises, city officials are considering a bill intended to protect public access to the scenic waterway. Introduced by…

    • The Budd Co. plant in Nicetown

New York developer wins Budd site at auction

A New York developer with a history of transforming former industrial properties made the winning offer on the massive former Budd Company site in North Philadelphia. Plymouth Group partner Joshua Goldman…

    • Helen Gym | Emma Lee/WHYY

Helen Gym floats 10-year tax abatement fixes

Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym introduced two bills to reform the city’s controversial 10-year property tax abatement on Thursday, saying that she believes policy change is imminent. “With the introduction of these…

    • Sheet Metal Workers protest in City Council on Dec.4, 2018.

Labor beats real estate industry in fire damper fight

A controversial bill to require licensed technicians to regularly inspect fire-prevention devices in Philadelphia high-rises passed unanimously in City Council on Thursday. Councilman Allan Domb, who sells real estate, recused himself…

    • Broke in Philly is Listening. Credit: Steve Teare

We want your questions. Help drive our reporting on economic justice in Philly

PlanPhilly is teaming up with 21 other local news organizations to dive deeper into your questions, ideas, and tips surrounding poverty and economic justice in Philadelphia as part of Broke in…

    • A historical marker for Freedom Theatre, next to new construction along North Broad Street. | Jake Blumgart/PlanPhilly
Eyes on the Street

Unmarking African American History in Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s streets are lined with history. The blue and gold signs issued by the Pennsylvania Historical Museum and Commission mark everything from the oldest medical library in the U.S. at Pennsylvania…

    • The Philadelphia Housing Authority's new headquarters is now open in the Sharswood section of North Philadelphia.

Philly Housing Authority officially opens new headquarters

Thanks to the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s new headquarters a few blocks away, Bella’s Restaurant and Grill in North Philadelphia has had a surge in business. “Once they opened, we just been…

    • Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. speaks at an anti-eviction rally, organized by the Philadelphia Tenants Union. (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)

City gets behind ‘good cause’ eviction law, but with some reservations about next steps

The mayor’s reception room hosted an array of Philadelphia politicians and housing activists Tuesday afternoon, all of whom promised to fight for renters’ rights. The details, however, varied significantly, depending on…

    • A customer browses the shelves at Shakespeare & Co. in Center City.

Independent bookstores are coming back in Philly, across the U.S.

This is the age of Amazon. Brick-and-mortar retail is flailing. And print books? Those were eventually supposed to go the way of the dodo after the introduction of Kindle and other…

    • Birds circle Mount Moriah Cemetery's historic gatehouse. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Mount Moriah cemetery could become nature sanctuary

On the edge of Philadelphia, Mount Moriah cemetery sprawls over 380 acres, spreading into Delaware County and sheltering 80,000 thousand graves. But when Paulette Rhone goes there to visit her husband’s…

    •  The Philadelphia judge owned this rowhome at 1514 N. Hollywood St. bought the adjacent vacant lots from the city to use as sideyards. He then sold all three properties. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philly judge makes $135,000 gaming city land sales

A Philadelphia judge played the city’s land sale process to flip a publicly owned lot for a windfall, again calling into question city’s process for appraising and selling its land. The…

    • A city street sweeper cleans Chester Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Philly street cleaning pilot will 'blow trash into street' to bypass parking issues

The city has revealed the first details about a planned street cleaning pilot project that will endeavor to improve Philadelphia’s lackluster litter collection efforts. The new information comes the same week…

    • he National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia on South Broad Street.

Shrine of St. Rita on South Broad protected from wrecking ball

The National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia won admission to the local register of historic places, preserving the immense Catholic church facing the Broad Street Diner from demolition or serious…

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