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    • A man makes a call while a tow truck picks up his car.

City Council to vote on higher fines for tow trucks

Cleaner, safer roads is the goal of new legislation that would increase the fines levied on negligent Philadelphia tow truck drivers. The bill, unanimously approved Monday by City Council’s streets and…

    • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is one 34 local anchor institutions targeted in a new buy-local program.

Forget outsourcing, Philly 'eds and meds' connect with businesses inside the city

Philadelphia hospitals send tens of millions of pounds of dirty laundry across state lines every day for cleaning. But why not send the linen to a local launderer? As part of…

    • The Jersey Devils in front of one of their favorite watering holes, Tattooed Moms

Ridin' with the (Jersey) Devils

Reporter Jim Saksa went full gonzo journalist on this assignment, riding along with the Jersey Devils, a bicycle club that shares a look with the outlaw motorcycle gangs... not unlike how…

    • Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. arrives ahead of a anti-eviction rally, organized by Philadelphia Tenants Union, on Wednesday. (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)

City Council downsizes new protections for renters in ‘Good cause’ bill

On Thursday, Councilman Curtis Jones substantially scaled back a bill meant to protect Philadelphia renters. Jones introduced amendments to his “good cause” eviction legislation that would make it applicable only to…

    • A vacant property owned by the city.

City selling vacant lots with eye to 'social impact'

City agencies own roughly a quarter of the 40,000 vacant parcels of land in Philadelphia. It’s a figure that’s barely budged over the last decade despite a building boom and the…

    • 2018 11 07 e lee paul j toner rahil raza vivian vanstory philadelphia zoning board development

What happens when your real estate gets remapped

Rahil Raza was dead tired when he woke up on the chilly November morning of his appearance before Philadelphia’s Zoning Board of Adjustments.   There was a lot riding on the…

    • “Together for West Philadelphia” Retreat
Eyes on the Street

Philadelphia doesn't need Amazon. The opportunities are already here and they're homegrown.

Philadelphia does not need Jeff Bezos’ endorsement to affirm that we have neighborhoods both of great need and great potential. Nor was the race for HQ2 the only prize that stimulated…

    • A rendering of single-family homes planned for 1100-1114 Wallace Street in West Poplar.

Philly developer breaks ground on 26 affordable homes in gentrifying West Poplar

A Philadelphia-born company broke ground Monday on a West Poplar development that city officials are billing as the latest advancement in a plan to create 1,000 new housing units for middle-income…

    • HUD Sec. Ben Carson tours Vaux Big Picture High School in Philadelphia

HUD wants to sweeten the deal for landlords who accept housing vouchers

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson wants to entice more landlords to accept housing vouchers and the agency’s first step in Philadelphia is talking to people like…

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Five takeaways from Mayor Kenney’s Radio Times interview

On Monday morning, Mayor Jim Kenney stopped by WHYY for a wide-ranging conversation with RadioTimes host Marty Moss-Coane. The two discussed a series of policy questions -- many of them…

    • Frank Rizzo Jr. holds a campaign button to be sold at the Frank Rizzo estate sale. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Relics of a polarizing legacy within reach at Frank Rizzo's estate sale

John Romani figured there would be a lot of attention. He gets the appeal: He’s Italian, the son of a cop, a Philly native. “Mayor Rizzo was talked about on a…

    • Project H.O.M.E. Outreach Response Worker Sam Santiago, center, assisting a homeless man sleeping under a bridge in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A Code Blue Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving will be the coldest in Philadelphia in about 100 years with daytime highs not expected to exceed 30 degrees. Wednesday morning, the city pre-emptively declared a Code Blue for…

    • The Consortium building's facade on Ludlow St. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)
Eyes on the Street

Inside Frank Furness’ hidden masterpiece

At 40th and Ludlow Streets, hidden for years underneath metal cladding, is one of Frank Furness’ earliest commissions in Philadelphia. U3 Ventures, a West Philadelphia-based developer, purchased the building in…

    • Mayor Kenney speaks at annual budget address. Credit: Emma Lee/WHYY

Kenney's $15 minimum wage bill advances

Mayor Jim Kenney’s push to raise the minimum wage for city-contracted workers to $15 an hour moved one step forward on Tuesday with a unanimous City Council committee vote in support…

    • City Councilman David Oh

Changes to controversial anti-squatting law advance in City Council

In an unusual display of public animosity, Philadelphia City Council members Cherelle Parker and David Oh repeatedly clashed Tuesday about a new law authored by Oh making it easier for landlords to…

    • Vanessa Harris has lived at Bartram Village for 4 years. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Community development 101 comes to Bartram Village

How do neighbors start organizing for changes in their community? For Sheila Anthony, president of Bartram Village Resident Council, the answer boils down to one simple word: education. “Because what you…

    •  A new Federal Donuts recently opened on South Street at Sixth Street. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Is South Street's retail apocalypse coming to an end?

On a famously eclectic, and lately, unlucky, strip of South Street, a turnaround appears to be in the making. Among the signs of revival on South Street are a gleaming Federal…

    • Construction workers put finishing touches on Roberto Clemente Homes. (Photo credit: Esperanza)

From hosiery factory to school to apartments, a building is reborn

In the life cycle of a building, a few years’ time can mean the difference between being at the center of a community and falling into disrepair and blight. That was…

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Tiny houses to make Philadelphia debut on city land

Philadelphia is on track to begin construction of prefabricated tiny houses in Kensington, a new strategy for the city that advocates say could dramatically improve the region’s ability to respond to…

    • Curtis Jones | Emma Lee/WHYY

"NIMBY does apply sometimes," says Jones on cannabis dispensaries

On Thursday, City Councilman Curtis Jones introduced a bill [PDF] that would regulate medical marijuana dispensaries both in his district, which includes neighborhoods like Overbrook Farm and Roxborough, as well as…

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