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    • Darrell Clarke | Newsworks photo

Force big developers to offer community benefits? Philly’s Council President wants to make it law

Council President Darrell Clarke wants to mandate community benefits agreements between real estate developers and neighborhood groups. A handful of community organizations in Philadelphia secure these kind of contracts already, negotiating…

    • Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown is shown in City Council chambers. (Nathaniel Hamilton for WHYY, file)

City Council punts on bill to mandate lead inspections in all pre-1978 rental homes

A bill that would require all rental units built before 1978 to be free of lead hazards is still stuck in Philadelphia’s City Council after it’s sponsor suddenly decided to pull…

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Philly City Council passed a $5 billion budget. Here’s what’s in it

Philadelphia City Council put its final seal of approval on the $5 billion fiscal year 2020 Operating and Capital budgets Thursday, marking a $300 million increase since last year. The city…

    • An unswept street in the Germantown Special Services District on Nov. 2, 2018. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Ineffective trash clean-up leads Germantown business owners to end special service district

The future of the Germantown Special Services District — and its mandate to keep Germantown Avenue free of litter — is in doubt after commercial property owners voted to block its…

    • Helen Gym | Emma Lee/WHYY

Bills would boost gender-neutral bathroom access at Philly City Hall, charter schools

City Councilwoman Helen Gym introduced two bills that would advance gender-neutral accommodations in Philadelphia schools and City Hall itself. “We have had a lot of experiences where young people in schools…

    • On York Street in East Kensington, a new rowhome towers above its neighbors

Just 1 week after bay window ban advances, a duplex ban moves forward

Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke doesn’t want to see more apartments in the rowhouse neighborhoods that dominate his North Philadelphia district. Over the past few months, he’s introduced several bills…

    • An artist's rendering of the redevelopment proposed for South Philadelphia Shopping Center at 23rd and Oregon Avenue. (Cedar Realty Trust)

Fears of displacement are fueling a fight against the redevelopment of an old strip mall

A New York developer Cedar Realty Trust is partnering with Philadelphia’s Alterra Property Group to remake a suburban style strip mall on 23rd Street and Oregon Avenue in South Philadelphia, with…

    • Crews battled a fire at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery on Monday night (NBC10)

Philly refinery fire under investigation; pollution impact unclear

Philadelphia Energy Solutions said a fire that broke out Monday night at the refinery caused no injuries and did not affect neighboring residents, though some contest the latter claim. The fire…

    • A rendering of the Arthaus tower planned for South Broad Street.(Kohn Pederson Fox Associates)

Kenney: Ultra-luxury tower rising on South Broad signals success of Philly’s tax abatement

An ultra-luxury South Broad Street condo tower will offer Center City’s elite the chance to live, party, and garden without ever leaving the building. That was the promise made by developer…

    •  A sinkhole in Baltimore Avenue at 43rd Street was caused by a faulty sewer pipe. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Massive sinkhole will disrupt Baltimore Ave. traffic another 3 weeks

That is not a swimming pool under construction in the middle of Baltimore Avenue in Philadelphia. One week after city workers discovered a 400-square-foot cavern just below the asphalt on Baltimore…

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SEPTA nods to customer feedback, reduces Key Card minimum load to $1

Your basic donut, a Wawa coffee, a cigarette from a stranger, and now, a SEPTA Key card boost.   A buck is the new minimum travel wallet load on a Key…

    • Thousands packed the west end of South Street Sunday afternoon for the annual Odunde Festival. (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

Odunde still drawing new fans, 44 years after first street festival

Alex Sierra stumbled upon Odunde. He and his family travel to Philly from their home in Brooklyn often, he said, but didn’t know about the massive African-American street festival until it…

    • City Council President Darrell Clarke. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

How City Council President Darrell Clarke stopped housing from rising on a vacant city lot and helped his landlord

Do politically connected developers get a do-over when they lose out on a city land sale? The days when City Council members simply steered public land to chosen developers are supposed…

    • One of SEPTA's new electric buses. (Darryl Murphy)

SEPTA goes electric with 25 new ‘battery buses’

SEPTA is driving into the future with a smaller carbon footprint.   A new fleet of 25 electric buses hit Philadelphia streets this week and more are to come in the…

    • City Council member  Blondell Reynolds Brown advocates for her bill requiring universal lead checks for rental units at a June 6, 2019 press conference. (David Kim)

Why Philly landlords are fighting Blondell Reynolds Brown over lead

Claire Wilson’s family drama started with a curious infant. The Wilsons were delighted to watch their only child, Jude, grow — slowly and simultaneously so fast — as babies do. One…

    • Illegal dumpers throw construction debris on a Philadelphia street in a video screen capture from a video released by the City of Philadelphia.

Philly says hidden cameras, higher fines help catch more illegal dumpers

Kelly O’Day is a retired wastewater engineer who tracks illegal dumping in Phildelphia in his spare time. There is no shortage of abandoned matresses, old tires and plastic junk for the…

    • ISA Principal architects Brian Phillips (right) and Deb Katz. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

These architects want to build a house in your alley

Unexpected houses, cozy little homes tuck into every fold of Philadelphia. Row homes dating back centuries line alleys too narrow to comfortably fit a car. Tiny trinities with one room on…

    • Bay windows abroad in the land

Bay window ban moves swiftly toward City Council approval

Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson’s ban on bay windows and balconies in the Point Breeze and Grays Ferry neighborhoods could hit Mayor Jim Kenney’s desk to be signed into law as soon as…

    • A rendering of an apartment proposed for Germantown High. (Woodcock Design)

Germantown High developer reveals plan for live-work-learn destination

Germantown High developer Jack Azran says that apartments with exposed brick walls, shared work spaces and a new school could fill the shuttered school by 2022. That may be all well…

    •  E.M. Stanton Elementary School in Graduate Hospital is one of the schools that could see its boundaries redrawn through a district planning process.(The Trust for Public Land)

Real estate industry prepares for 'mother of all battles' over potential changes to school boundaries

At the corner of 6th and Christian streets in Philadelphia’s Bella Vista neighborhood, the beeping of backhoes is almost like the chirp of native birds: constant, unmistakably loud. This intersection…

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