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    • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson responds to report on racial disparities in Philadelphia home loans. Emma Lee/WHYY

City Councilmen respond to land-flip scandal with an offer of reform

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a bill on Thursday that they say creates new safeguards against corrupt land dealing in City Hall. Introduced on the tail…

    • Philadelphia Housing Authority broke ground Monday on the third phase of the Sharswood Blumberg project. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Bringing new homes, old convenience back to Sharswood Blumberg

Construction began this week on the third phase of an ambitious 10-year, $500 million redevelopment of the Sharswood Blumberg section of North Philadelphia. Located at 22nd and West Oxford streets, the…

    • A rendering of 2110 E. Norris St.

Fishtown developer proposes fence; gives neighbors the ‘middle finger’

A 95-unit apartment building is coming to a blighted Fishtown lot near the Berks elevated train stop. In a reprieve from Philadelphia’s toxic parking wars, neighbors aren’t worried about where residents…

    • Wharton-Wesley United Methodist Church in Cobbs Creek reimagined a parking lot as a green space.

Sacred spaces reimagined with preservation, Philly communities in mind

Philadelphia has no shortage of lux condos carved out of historic churches but how about a grocery store with stained glass windows? That was one of the ideas shared Tuesday at…

    • An empty hallway at the old West Philadelphia High School.

Report: Philly schools lose more to corporate handouts than any other big city

Philadelphia schools face an estimated $1 billion funding shortfall by 2022, but a new national report found that the city is walking away from more school tax revenue than any of…

    • A woman runs past a pile of litter next to a Big Belly trash can on South Broad Street.

Philly litter czar says new street sweeping program coming in 2019

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will soon announce a street sweeping pilot program following years of criticism over litter-strewn streets, said Nic Esposito, the director of the mayor’s Zero Waste and Litter…

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

Union scores hot win over real estate industry in fire code battle

City officials are brokering a deal they hope will extinguish a feud over Philadelphia’s fire code. The dispute between the city’s Sheet Metal Workers Union and local real estate industry groups…

    • 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…

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