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    • 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…

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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…

    • A protested eviction in Germantown.  (Bas Slabbers for WHYY)

Study: Spending now on legal aid for renters would save city down the road

An annual investment of $3.5 million would cover the cost of legal representation for the thousands of low-income tenants who find themselves facing eviction orders in Philadelphia’s Municipal Court, according to…

    •  Philadelphia is planning to redevelop the Maplewood Mall in Germantown. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

$3.3M Maplewood Mall remake to break ground in 2019

On a typical day, the intersection of Germantown and Chelten bustles with life as shoppers weave from stores to sidewalk, and  honking cars navigate traffic. But turn the corner, and you…

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City design board, neighbors decry plan for Callowhill storage facility

Philadelphia’s Civic Design Review board has added its voice to a loud chorus of opposition to a plan to build a six-story storage facility in the middle of the growing Callowhill…

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Bill to ban new 3-story homes in Point Breeze, Grays Ferry introduced by Councilman Johnson

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson has introduced a bill that would make it easier to build new homes and taller buildings in some sections of Point Breeze and Grays Ferry, while making…

    • Wendell Whitlock is the Board Chairman of Sullivan Progress Plaza. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Nation's first black-owned shopping center celebrates 50

The shopping center on Broad and Oxford Streets might not look out of the ordinary to the average passersby. But that hasn’t stopped politicians from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama from…

    • Ontario and C streets is rated a “3” on Philadelphia’s Litter Index. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Trash talk: Bigger fines and free neighborhood cans

Philadelphia residents are tired of construction companies —or their neighbors — dumping debris in vacant lots and public parks. And when Philadelphians get mad about something in their neighborhood, their City…

    • Touch-screen payment registers made by Square are used in many cashless establishments.

City Council bill would outlaw cashless businesses

If you want to get a coffee at Bluestone Lane, across the street from City Hall, you’ll have to bring a credit card. Along with a handful of other restaurants in…

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New proposal for Italian Market improvement district introduced

A group of South Philadelphia residents fear for the future of the Italian Market and they think that only a business improvement district (BID) can save it — even though a…

    • A rendering of a proposed 2201 E. Somerset St. condo development submitted to Philadelphia's Civic Design Review board.

Kensington's hottest address? New homes to rise across from scene of scrapyard fire

Three months after a Kensington scrapyard erupted into a massive, four-alarm fire that inspired Elmo and enraged neighbors, a developer has won city approvals to build new homes across the street…

    • A Passyunk Square municipal complex is slated for redevelopment.

City to redevelop industrial corner of booming Passyunk Square

Philadelphia officials are looking for a developer to remake a valuable tract of city-owned land just off South Philly's thriving East Passyunk corridor.   Bounded by 11th and 12th streets, Wharton and Reed, the…

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New map shows Philly renter spike sharper than other big cities

Over the last decade, Philadelphia saw a rise in rentership well above the national average, and higher than most of the nation’s other large cities, according to new data released Tuesday…

    • The 5600 block of Ridge Avenue sits within a new historic district.

Historical Commission approves Ridge Avenue district

The Philadelphia Historical Commission granted protections to 188 buildings along a five-mile stretch of Ridge Avenue in Roxborough on Friday, creating the largest new historic district the city has seen since…

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City Council recalls Temple community center project

Temple University suffered a setback in City Council on Thursday when City Council President Darrell Clarke recalled a zoning bill that would have enabled the construction of a four-story preschool and…

    • A new apartment building at 24th and Redner streets in Sharswood.

Philly maps 10-year course toward building, preserving 100,000 housing units

Detailing the strategies Philadelphia hopes to employ to create or preserve 100,000 units of housing in the next 10 years, the city’s new housing plan dropped on Wednesday. The plan received…

    • Germantown Boys and Girls Club

Historic Germantown Boys and Girls Club spared wrecking ball

High atop the municipal building at 1515 Arch Street on Tuesday morning, the long battle over the future of the Germantown Boys and Girls Club appeared to end in détente. For…

    • The Frankford Chocolate Factory at 21st and Washington Streets is in the process of demolition.

South Philly group asks chocolate factory developer for community benefits

South Philadelphia residents are playing hardball with developer Ori Feibush over a  $100 million residential redux of the 150-year-old Frankford Chocolate Factory on Washington Avenue. The South of South Neighborhood Association…

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City Council passes $71M housing bill

City Council passed a package of housing bills on Thursday, after more than a year of debate. But even before the ink dried on the legislation, protesters argued that they…

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