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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…

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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…

    • 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 that shows the 2401  Washington Ave. from 24th Street looking west into an interior driveway. (Noah Ostroff)

How a Philly neighborhood negotiated with a developer and won

A major new residential development planned with social impact in mind will soon break ground on fast-changing Washington Avenue. The project at 2401 Washington Avenue will be one of a few…

    • Thomas Sinnison, the owner of Nam Son Bakery, behind the counter of his South Philadelphia shop. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

New homes to replace one of South Philly’s pioneering Vietnamese shopping plazas

Nam Son Bakery is a cult landmark. Tucked into the Hoa Binh shopping plaza on 16th Street and Washington Avenue, the bakery is known for its delicious, cheap banh mi sandwiches…

    • Maria Quiñones-Sánchez in City Council

Beverage industry spent big on Quiñones-Sánchez, but soda tax still seems secure

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s best funded opponent during his 2019 re-election bid wasn’t even running against him. The American Beverage Association spent $631,390 in independent expenditures on Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez’s hotly…

    • Jannie Blackwell, left, lost to Jamie Gauthier after six terms representing West Philly in City Council. (Emma Lee)

How Jamie Gauthier toppled a West Philly dynasty

Political newcomer Jamie Gauthier opened a new chapter for West Philadelphia on Tuesday with a commanding primary win over longtime Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell. Gauthier’s Election Day victory ends 45 years…

    • Candidates hold yes signs signaling their agreement with a  proposal at a March candidates forum at Congregation Rodeph Shalom. (Jonathan Wilson for WHYY)

How Philly’s City Council candidates say they’d deal with the housing crisis

Philadelphia voters in Tuesday’s primary election will help determine the future of City Council. And while many issues are beyond the control of local politicians — who can’t even raise the…

    • On York Street in East Kensington, a new rowhome towers above its neighbors. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Is Philly growing too big, too fast? Gentrification concerns fuel City Council zoning reform call

City Council President Darrell Clarke thinks Philadelphia’s zoning regulations are accelerating gentrification and wants a redo of the code that governs construction and development in the city. Under a resolution authored…

    • This rendering shows a perspective view of Liberty on the River's first phase of development. (Barton Partners Architects)

Developer to extend Delaware River trail for OK on extra-tall towers

A mega development coming to the Delaware River waterfront will include a swath of a long-planned river trail in exchange for permission to build taller towers than local regulations permit. Developer…

    • Mayor Jim Kenney at the first groundbreaking of his signature Rebuild initiative.

Philly launches 2 programs designed to help minority businesses succeed

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney gathered members of City Council and small-business people Monday to tout his $500 million Rebuild program as a means of equitable economic development. Philadelphia — a majority-minority…

    • Helen Gym | Emma Lee/WHYY

Philly renters guaranteed lawyers in eviction court under new City Council bill

If Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym has her way, many more renters facing eviction will be represented by a lawyer when they have their day in court. Gym introduced a bill Thursday…

    • Allan Domb | Emma Lee/WHYY

Activists file ethics complaint against Allan Domb

Opponents of Philadelphia’s 10-year tax abatement filed an ethics complaint Wednesday against City Councilman Allan Domb, a real estate broker and developer who owns numerous properties across the city. The Philadelphia…

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Protections for Philly parking industry workers advance at City Hall

Two City Council bills aimed at regulating labor practices in Philadelphia’s parking industry advanced easily at a hearing on Monday. One bill would require that industry employers show “just cause” before…

    • Curtis Jones in City Council chambers

Eight Philly locales likely to be off limits for medical marijuana dispensaries

Philadelphia Councilman Curtis Jones doesn’t want City Line Avenue to become “the Atlantic City of recreational and medical marijuana.” That’s why he introduced a bill last year to ban medical marijuana…

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