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    • 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…

    • Bobby Henon | Emma Lee/WHYY

Henon pleads not guilty to federal corruption charges

Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon pleaded “not guilty” Thursday to a string of criminal charges outlined in a sweeping federal indictment, including bribery, conspiracy, and fraud. He was released on $50,000…

    • Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon wears a Local 98 T-shirt at the Labor Day parade in 2016. Henon's office at City Council was searched by the FBI a month before. (Emma Lee/WHYY)
Eyes on the Street

Power abuse: Doc, Henon and the public trust

Wednesday’s indictment of electricians union boss John Dougherty, Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon, and six others, laid out 116 counts of theft, bribery, and embezzlement. Somehow even more astounding is the…

    • 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 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…

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Shutdown: SNAP funded through February but outage glitch unfixed

It wasn’t until Colleen Goodwyn got to the front of the line at Aldi that the cashier told her EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) wasn’t working. That meant the store couldn’t accept…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson responds to report on racial disparities in Philadelphia home loans. Emma Lee/WHYY

City Councilmen respond to land-flip scandal with an offer of reform

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a bill on Thursday that they say creates new safeguards against corrupt land dealing in City Hall. Introduced on the tail…

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Five takeaways from Mayor Kenney’s Radio Times interview

On Monday morning, Mayor Jim Kenney stopped by WHYY for a wide-ranging conversation with RadioTimes host Marty Moss-Coane. The two discussed a series of policy questions -- many of them…

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Eyes on the Street

With Dilworth and Love Park remade for leisure, Paine Plaza redo is a chance to save a space for protest

Thomas Paine Plaza, the public space outside the Municipal Services Building, is so unremarkable that you’d be forgiven for not knowing its name. But you might recognize it by the bronze…

    • A day in the life: A pre-sunrise view toward City Hall from North Broad Street on Aug. 28, 2017. | Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY

A day in the life of Philadelphia, and the people who make it go

It is a miracle that Philadelphia works at all. The whole idea is implausible. Before you can take something even as simple as a morning shower, a dozen different things must…

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With deal for use of Market Street site, Philly officials hope to recoup $50M

The City of Philadelphia has a deal to unload a property once pegged as the new home of the Philadelphia Police Department. Under the agreement with a private developer, the space…

    • A rowhouse demolition. | Phillytrax, EOTS Flickr Group

Efforts to tear down `imminently dangerous' buildings get a $2m budget lift

In the recently approved city budget, Mayor Jim Kenney secured $2 million to accelerate demolition of vacant buildings the Department of Licenses and Inspections considers dangerous. Philadelphia suffers persistent problems with…

    • Philadelphia’s unaccounted-for funds, first estimated at $33 million, now at closer to $26 million. | Tony Ibarra (Flickr)

Filling in some details missed in the outcry about Philly's "missing" millions

Much has been made of the mysterious “missing” millions in City Hall. Much less has been made of the treasure hunt to find it. A blame game continues to play out…

    • The City Council's chambers.

A retrospective: What passed muster with City Council, and what didn't

It’s easy to keep track of big-ticket items -- like the capital budget or this year’s construction tax -- during the course of a City Council session, but many legislative matters…

    • under the el, 1330 North Front Street, which is an address listed in the new KOZ bill

81 new tax-free sites OK'd by City Council committee

City Council’s Finance Committee has quickly and quietly approved a bill that would create 81 separately listed, tax-free Keystone Opportunity Zones (KOZs), many of them covering multiple parcels, spanning a total…

    • The Realtors association's mailer opposing Mayor Kenney's budget proposal.

Realtors association mailer attacks Kenney's budget plan

The Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors is coming out hard against Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget proposal, which seeks to raise $770 million over five years to boost funding to the city’s…

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