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Eyes on the Street

Mayor Rizzo’s discriminatory housing policies: confronting our past and present

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney recently announced that the statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo before the Municipal Services Building is to be relocated. Much of the discussion has centered on discrimination,…

    • A large crane looms over the 1400 block of Chestnut Avenue. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Inconclusive Zoning: Planning Commission not sold on changes to affordable housing bill

The inclusionary zoning bill that City Council spent all autumn crafting now appears to have morphed into what critics say would essentially be an impact fee on Center City development. In…

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Council advances bills on truck cranes, vinyl siding, stop-n-go stores, and SLAPP suits

On Thursday, City Council largely concerned itself with Mayor Jim Kenney’s push to reassert local control over Philadelphia’s school system. But a handful of City Council members also introduced bills that…

    • Maria Quiñones-Sánchez | Emma Lee/WHY

Is mandatory inclusionary zoning the answer to Philly’s affordable housing question?

City Council’s attention of late has been focused on keeping rent and mortgages affordable for all in Philadelphia as steady, year-over-year population gains increase housing prices. But the bills introduced to…

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“Quality of Life” is Philadelphia’s biggest selling point. Can it survive an Amazonian invasion?

Like nearly every other city in North America, Philadelphia is putting the final touches on its bid to convince Amazon to build its second headquarters here ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The…

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Stuck in a LOOP: Councilman calls for killing 10-year cap on real estate tax exemption

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson proposed an amendment to the city’s Longtime Owner Occupant of Program (LOOP) tax exemption program on Thursday. The proposal would eliminate the ten-year limit on the program for…

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Henon wants more transparency from landlords

Tenant protection bills dominated the agenda at this week’s otherwise sleepy City Council session. Curtis Jones introduced a bill to institute “just cause” eviction protection for renters while, Democratic Majority Leader…

    • Curtis Jones | Emma Lee/WHYY

Just ‘cause: Jones introduces surprise bill aimed at preventing surprise evictions

Hardly anyone attended City Council weekly session this Thursday. The public seats were thinly populated, there were barely any reporters, and even the legislative body itself wasn’t at full strength. But…

    • A protested eviction in Germantown, July 2012 | Bas Slabbers for NewsWorks

Renters’ advocates take aim at landlords’ lawyers in fight to reform eviction court

The Public Interest Law Center is trying to change Philadelphia’s Landlord-Tenant Court. As one of the busiest corners of the municipal court system, these courtrooms in the stately Widner Building…

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Anti-foreclosure bill improved after summerlong simmer, officials say

UPDATE: The bill passed on Oct. 5, 2017. On Thursday, City Council advanced amendments to legislation passed last June that would reduce tax foreclosures, but never was enacted due to…

    • Wilmington's Mayor Michael Purzycki with HUD Region III Administrator Joe DeFelice

Q&A with Joe DeFelice, the HUD regional administrator from Mayfair

When former Philadelphia Republican Party chair Joe DeFelice became the HUD regional administrator for the Mid-Atlantic region, it raised some eyebrows among skeptics. What does Trump’s “hype man” in…

    • HUD Sec. Ben Carson tours Vaux Big Picture High School in Philadelphia on Tuesday

It’s not brain surgery: HUD Sec. Carson discusses housing policy in Philly

The Veterans Multi-Service Center feels squeezed into Old City, huddled next to the immensity of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Part of Philadelphia’s aid infrastructure for former soldiers who have suffered hard…

    • Third Street in Northern Liberties. | Emma Lee/WHYY

Four reasons why Philadelphia is gentrifying

Should the city’s politicians ever come to a consensus on what to do about gentrification, a new paper from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia offers guidance on how to address…

    • Drew Nugent and his band play while the Peek-A-Book Revue gets ready to start dancing the Charleston at a realtor's open house in East Kensington.

As Philadelphia’s housing market booms, economists warn the city may be in a bubble—or something worse

Stephanie Somers knows how to throw a party. At an open house for a set of townhouses built out the shell of an 105-year-old rectory, the realtor picked a Prohibition theme.…

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Philadelphia sets aside $500,000 to help renters fight eviction

Standing beneath dozens of portraits of Philadelphia mayors in City Hall’s reception room, Yazmin Vasquez told the assembled crowd what it’s like to sleep in a house without a functioning heater.…

    • Rebuilding Sharswood: New townhouse-style units cohabitate with the old Senior Tower on the Norman Blumberg Apartments site, November 2016 | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Remaking Sharswood: Studying how the neighborhood transformation plan affects former Blumberg tenants

The Philadelphia Housing Authority’s plans for the Sharswood neighborhood have stoked much controversy, but even its critics would agree that the effort is ambitious.   The scale of the project…

    • The Bridge at 205 Race Street, June 2017

Council wants to make developers build inclusive, affordable housing

At Thursday’s City Council meeting, the last before the summer recess, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez introduced a bill that would require many private developers to build permanently affordable housing units. The legislation…

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Council hears fears of outlying "middle" neighborhoods' decline

On Tuesday afternoon, Councilwoman Cherelle Parker held a marathon hearing on “Middle Neighborhoods,” the kind of stable, working-to-middle class areas that kept Philadelphia afloat in the worst years of…

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Eyes on the Street

Tax diversion bill would preserve homeownership and improve property-tax collection efforts

Community Legal Services says property-tax delinquency is the biggest reason people come to its office seeking assistance right now. But community contributors Catherine Martin and Jonathan Sgro, CLS attorneys who focus…

    • Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. arrives ahead of a anti-eviction rally, organized by Philadelphia Tenants Union, on Wednesday. (Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks)

Councilman Jones pushes tenant rights bill

Tomorrow is zero hour for the tenants of the Penn Wynn high rise in West Philadelphia. On June 1st, the building’s new owners, Cross Properties, are forcing them out of their…

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