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    • 'Philadelphia Delivers' submission to Amazon HQ2 RFP. Credit: DAG.

Big bits of unfinished business get little adjustments by City Council

At its second-to-last meeting before the summer recess, City Council made minor amendments only to its budget proposal and to construction-tax legislation, two of the biggest pieces of unfinished business on…

    • Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, whose parking bill was delayed in the Rules Committee

RCO insurance measure moves to next Council step; parking minimums hold

The array of controversial measures City Council will be considering before its summer recess has narrowed.  Legislation boosting mandatory parking minimums was held in the Rules Committee on Tuesday, marking the…

    • Scaffolding surrounds the proposed site of a Fishtown hotel, next to Frankford Hall. The sidewalk has been blocked off for years. A Shepard Fairey mural is painted on the side of the building.

Whither the proposed Fishtown hotel now that its variance has lapsed?

In the much-discussed -- and much-derided -- Forbes article christening Fishtown the “hottest new neighborhood in America,” developer Roland Kassis was a star character. The author rode with Kassis in his…

    • The former Pepper Middle School, closed in 2013 because of flooding issues.

Eastwick feasibility study recommends tearing down brutalist icon Pepper Middle School, residents say

It wasn’t really unexpected. For more than a year, Eastwick residents have been listening to experts say that the former George Wharton Pepper Middle School, on 84th Street between Mario Lanza…

    • Protesters at Thursday's City Council hearing on a package of affordable-housing bills.

Activists' protest delays, but doesn't derail, affordable-housing bills

City Council President Darrell Clarke’s affordable-housing package moved forward Thursday, despite activists who occupied the council chamber for 30 minutes to protest provisions of the bills that they argue would deprive…

    • A large crane looms over Chestnut Street.

Protest against construction tax planned even as amendments are in the offing

Some affordable-housing advocates are preparing to protest the details of legislation -- set to receive a hearing in City Council on Wednesday -- that would levy a one-percent construction tax on…

    • La Finquita's farmstand in 2014. Whatever didn't sell was donated to the Catholic Worker's daily soup kitchen.

How one urban farm was lost: La Finquita's finale

It started with a lock and a “No Trespassing” sign. They appeared one day on the fence at Lawrence and Master streets, next to a hand-painted sign reading, “La Finquita,” or…

    • A 2011 view of the elevated Reading Viaduct in the Callowhill neighborhood

In the emerging Callowhill neighborhood, making their bid for a Business Improvement District

The old factory district between Vine Street and Spring Garden is one of the last Center City-adjacent neighborhoods pocked by empty lots and vacant storefronts. Many have tried to name the…

    • Anglers cast their lines for catfish at Pier 60 off Columbus Boulevard

At waterfront development site, a popular DIY rec space hangs in the balance

As rush-hour traffic grinds to a halt along Columbus Boulevard one afternoon in May, a slow flow of bicycles moves in a perpendicular direction, intermittently cutting across the road toward the…

    • Donald Shoup, author of

'Parking Guru' advises Philly: Don't require more, manage what you have

In City Hall, the parking wars are raging again. Back in 2012, Philadelphia’s antiquated zoning code got an overhaul. Policymakers enacted widespread changes, in some cases bringing the code in…

    • Newer homes with garages.

City Council tweaks bill requiring developers to provide more parking in Philly neighborhoods

A measure that would require developers to build more parking along with new housing got a major haircut in City Council on Wednesday. The mandatory parking minimum bill revised by the council’s…

    • 30th Street Station is Amtrak's third busiest station

Drexel's Fry: Fix Northeast Corridor Transit or say goodbye to jobs

Drexel University’s founder and namesake, Anthony J. Drexel, made his fortune financing the construction of America’s railroads. Without them, the school probably wouldn’t exist. Drexel’s still betting big on the railroad,…

    • Old construction abuts new in East Kensington (Emma Lee/WHYY)

City Council brokers compromise with developers on new construction tax and incentives for affordable housing

Philadelphia City Council announced on Wednesday — the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act — an ambitious package of affordable housing bills, including a new tax on construction. The legislation…

    • La Finquita farm stand, Summer 2014 | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

City failing to deliver on community garden promises

Community gardening is a labor of love and patience. On scraps of reclaimed vacant land scattered across Philadelphia, people of all incomes and hues work hard during the growing season knowing…

    • Sharswood rowhouses, February 2016 | Kimberly Paynter/WHYY
Eyes on the Street

Mapping affordable housing, crime or development in your Philadelphia neighborhood? Two new tools have you covered.

By Ken Steif I was recently asked to join my neighborhood Registered Community Organization (RCO) – the Spruce Hill Community Association in West Philly. At my first meeting, a University of Pennsylvania…

    • Darrell Clarke | Emma Lee/WHYY

Darrell Clarke: I’ll 'entertain' Temple's stadium proposal if and when the community supports it

For the past couple months, protests against Temple University’s proposed 35,000-seat stadium have dominated the public comment period customary at every meeting of the City Council. Project opponents have called, repeatedly,…

    • 702 Sansom from the street-level

Toll Brothers' releases new design for Jewelers Row tower

Toll Brothers hopes the fourth time’s the charm as the Horsham-based luxury home builder releases the latest renderings of its controversial Jewelers Row condo tower. Coming on the heels of a…

    • Mixed-use infill on North 2nd Street, Northern Liberties, January 2016

Northern Liberties could get new business improvement district in 2018

Northern Liberties is hot. But even as new condos and townhouses multiply in the trendy neighborhood, new business growth has stagnated. The slow pace of commercial development has left residents frustrated…

    • Boyd Theater, 1956

Movie theaters strike back in downtown Philadelphia

In the first half of the 20th century, towering palaces to cinema were built in Center City Philadelphia. These massive buildings were ornately decorated with elaborate statues, gilded ceilings, and even orchestra…

    • Maria Quiñones-Sánchez | Emma Lee/WHY

Hold the zone: Vote on inclusionary zoning delayed a week in wake of opposition

Facing opposition from neighborhood civic associations and the real estate industry, Councilmember Maria Quiñones-Sánchez asked City Council’s Rules Committee to push back a vote on her controversial inclusionary zoning bill on…

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