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    • A resurgence of bedbugs across the U.S. has apartment dwellers taking extermination into their own hands. (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)

Landlords must exterminate bed bugs under City Council bill

Philadelphia landlords who go soft on bedbugs could face stiff penalties under a new bill proposed by City Councilman Mark Squilla. Philadelphia is currently the only big city that does not…

    • A view of St. Laurentius from Palmer Cemetery in 2015 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Fishtown's St. Laurentius church cleared for redevelopment

A Pennsylvania judge issued an opinion on Tuesday that could bring an end to an acrimonious two-and-a-half year struggle over the redevelopment of St. Laurentius, a crumbling Catholic church in Philadelphia’s…

    • Allan Domb | Emma Lee/WHYY

Councilman Domb drops $32,000 on poll as 2019 mayors race heats up

It’s been rumored for some time that real estate magnate and Philadelphia City Councilman Allan Domb has been eying a run for mayor this year. Domb has been on the outs…

    • Philadelphia City Hall (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Developers, unions fill City Council war chests ahead of 2019 elections

Who runs Philadelphia City Council? If campaign spending is any indication, the answer is labor unions and the real estate industry. With 2019 reelections just around the bend, campaign finance reports…

    • Local 98 used its power to shut down work unlawfully at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

‘Red-striped’: How Johnny Doc played Philly’s building inspectors

It pays to know a guy when you want to build in Philadelphia. Especially if that guy is a sitting council member with the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspection on…

    • A file photo of former ZBA chair James Moylan

Feds: Former ZBA head embezzled from nonprofits

James Moylan, a Pennsport chiropractor and former head of Philadelphia’s Zoning Board of Adjustment, was indicted Tuesday by federal authorities on charges that he embezzled money from two nonprofits he organized.…

    • Jamie Gauthier stands in Fairmount Park.

Fairmount Park Conservancy leader to challenge Blackwell for Philly Council seat

Former Fairmount Park Conservancy executive director Jamie Gauthier will challenge longtime City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell for control of West Philadelphia’s 3rd District. Gauthier took the reins at the conservancy, a fundraising…

    • The Budd Co. plant in Nicetown

New York developer wins Budd site at auction

A New York developer with a history of transforming former industrial properties made the winning offer on the massive former Budd Company site in North Philadelphia. Plymouth Group partner Joshua Goldman…

    •  The Philadelphia judge owned this rowhome at 1514 N. Hollywood St. bought the adjacent vacant lots from the city to use as sideyards. He then sold all three properties. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philly judge makes $135,000 gaming city land sales

A Philadelphia judge played the city’s land sale process to flip a publicly owned lot for a windfall, again calling into question city’s process for appraising and selling its land. The…

    • A vacant lot in North Philadelphia.

Philadelphia halts most public land sales, pending reforms

The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority has put the brakes on a large portion of public land sales. The move follows a blistering Philadelphia Inquirer report that showed political meddling and chronic undervaluation…

    • Septa  on Walnut Street

SEPTA facing $63 million capital budget shortfall over motorists' lawsuit

SEPTA is bracing for a possible $63 million shortfall in its capital budget in 2019, pending the outcome of a contentious lawsuit filed in federal court by two motorists’ groups. The…

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

Philadelphia demolitions hit record high in 2018

Developers began tearing down a record number of Philadelphia buildings in 2018, with more demolitions getting started over the last 12 months than any other year on record. Data from the…

    • Arts & Crafts Holding advertises 1217 Spring Garden Street as

'Spring Arts' remake dogged by tenant complaints, code violations

When Arts & Crafts Holdings bought the property at 1217 Spring Garden St. for $15.7 million in April, the Philadelphia development company pitched tenants in the aging loft building on a…

    • Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philly DA Krasner wants to personally try cases in 2019

Supporters of Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner voted him into office to be something of an anti-prosecutor — a former defense attorney with deep criminal justice reform bona fides. But during an…

    • A rendering of the planned 30th street subway and glass headhouse.

SEPTA's 30th Street Station getting $37M remake with underground connection to Drexel Square

Rattling El trains and trolleys bring 25,000 commuters a day to SEPTA’s 30th Street subway station. The gilded Deco interior of the better-known 30th Street Amtrak station are just above ground.…

    • The beloved split-flap departure board at 30th Street Station.

Amtrak may spare 30th Street Station's beloved flipping board

The beloved split-flap sign at 30th Street Station, in Philadelphia, may have earned an 11th hour reprieve following public outcry over a proposal to replace the iconic “clickety-clackety” schedule board. Congressman…

    • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, left, shakes hands with members of City Council at City Hall on Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Kenney crackdown on flipping city lots falls short, critics say

Is it possible to reform Philadelphia’s corruption-prone system of selling public land without removing City’s Council’s informal power over sales? That’s the question a day after Mayor Jim Kenney introduced changes…

    • Philadelphia Police Detective Lawrence Greene bought 2931 Waterloo Street, center, in an auction of property seized by the District Attorney.

Inside the Philadelphia DA’s side hustle — selling seized homes to speculators and cops

Maleny Vazquez remembers when the police came and took the house across the street. Vazquez has only lived on this block of Waterloo Street for a few years, but in this…

    • An empty hallway at the old West Philadelphia High School.

Report: Philly schools lose more to corporate handouts than any other big city

Philadelphia schools face an estimated $1 billion funding shortfall by 2022, but a new national report found that the city is walking away from more school tax revenue than any of…

    • A woman runs past a pile of litter next to a Big Belly trash can on South Broad Street.

Philly litter czar says new street sweeping program coming in 2019

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will soon announce a street sweeping pilot program following years of criticism over litter-strewn streets, said Nic Esposito, the director of the mayor’s Zero Waste and Litter…

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