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You are viewing 13 articles for June 2019 by the author Jake Blumgart

    • Nurses in the operating room at Hahnemann Hospital. (Elana Gordon/WHYY)

How Philly's economy will treat refinery, hospital workers facing layoffs

Eileen McAvoy started working at Hahnemann University Hospital in 1986. For nearly 33 years, she’s cared for newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit. “I thought I had the best job…

    • A view of Philadelphia Energy Solutions on June 21. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Bob Brady: Philly refinery 'almost too big to fail'

Philadelphia is buzzing with news that Philadelphia Energy Solutions plans to close its sprawling refinery.   After years of close calls and passionate calls from activists eager to see the gas-making facility…

    • Philadelphia City Council member Maria Quiñones-Sánchez. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philadelphia’s controversial new affordable housing policy might actually be working

The compromise that helped end City Council’s two-year-long fight over how to finance affordable housing is beginning to bear fruit. Nine months after Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez won support for an expansion…

    • A fire burns at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery hours after a series of early morning explosions at the 150-year-old industrial complex at 3100 W. Passyunk Ave. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

City will convene refinery safety working group after massive South Philly refinery fire

Mayor Jim Kenney has convened a working group to examine safety and air quality protocols at the South Philadelphia refinery rocked by a massive explosion on Friday. It was the second…

    • A vacant lot maintained by PHS through the Vacant Lot Stabilization program located on 6th and Berks.

City Council President wants to increase transparency of city land sales

A new bill introduced at City Council’s final session before summer recess aims to increase the transparency and efficiency of Philadelphia’s politicized process for selling vacant city land. The bill would…

    • 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…

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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…

    • 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…

    • Materials like metal and vinyl are popular alternatives to brick for row house exteriors.

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…

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