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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…

    • Construction workers put finishing touches on Roberto Clemente Homes. (Photo credit: Esperanza)

From hosiery factory to school to apartments, a building is reborn

In the life cycle of a building, a few years’ time can mean the difference between being at the center of a community and falling into disrepair and blight. That was…

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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…

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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…

    • rowhomes (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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…

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

City Council is back from summer break. Day 1 ended with construction tax dead and Kenney promising $ for housing.

Negotiations between City Council and Mayor Jim Kenney on new affordable housing funding concluded Thursday morning as the administration and the legislative body came to an agreement to officially kill the…

    • New houses abut old in Northern Liberties, one of the city’s fastest gentrifying areas.

City officials: Philly to add 100,000 homes by 2028

A housing plan introduced by Philadelphia planning czar Anne Fadullon Wednesday calls for producing and preserving a combined 100,000 units over the next 10 years.   Billed as the first comprehensive citywide…

    • Philadelphia is actively helping rebuilt Puerto Rico. In the picture, man retouching Puerto Rican flag in Norris Square Park.

End of temporary FEMA housing for Puerto Rican evacuees won’t be catastrophic in Philly

When Charlie Pérez and wife Daisy Rivera Pérez arrived in Philadelphia with their three teenage daughters last December, leaving behind their two sons and everything they knew, they felt completely disoriented. Hurricane…

    • The cover of the Urban Institute's executive summary of the report, sponsored by HUD.

New research paints a frustrating portrait of housing voucher program

A new national study calls the country’s housing choice voucher program — formerly known as Section 8 — “daunting” for low-income residents hoping to leave poverty behind. The reason: Not enough…

    • The 100 block of Mole Street -- virtually all of it -- in Center City.

An intimate rowhouse block holds its own as towers rise around it

The 100 block of North Mole Street looks like a lot of older rowhouse blocks in Philadelphia, but with more trees. The shaded street, with its neatly kept brick homes, feels…

    • Blocks of rowhouses in Northeast Philadelphia's Oxford Circle neighborhood

A fresh look at the city's tax-aid programs for its many homeowners

In Philadelphia, fears about development and neighborhood change are often couched in terms of rising home values and increasing property taxes. Philadelphia may be the poorest big city in America, but…

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More city money for anti-eviction efforts brings expanded access to legal services for tenants

During city budget negotiations in the spring, it looked as if a line item to help tenants facing eviction might be in peril. But in the final deal, funding for…

    • A view under the El at 52nd Street in West Philadelphia.

Bold strokes in W. Philly Promise Zone housing plan, but no funding punch to back it up

What good are big plans without any funding? That’s the question the city Planning Commission grappled with Tuesday, when confronted with a comprehensive housing strategy for the West Philadelphia Promise Zone.…

    • Philadelphia's new program for reunifying families takes a rapid rehousing approach

Philly offers affordable housing to help parents regain custody of kids in foster care

In Philadelphia, not having a safe, stable place to live prevents parents whose children have been placed in foster care from regaining custody 40 percent of the time — 10 percent…

    • Mitch Little of the city's Community Empowerment and Opportunity. (Tom MacDonald/ WHYY)

Task force wants mediation to prevent evictions in Philadelphia

Philadelphia has a game plan for cutting down on the number of people evicted from their homes or apartments. The eviction rate is high in the city, partly because only about…

    • A view of City Hall and its neighbors
Eyes on the Street

Looking at Philadelphia from the prism of `The Divided City'

Author Alan Mallach will appear in conversation with PlanPhilly's Jake Blumgart from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 26 at Pipeline Philly, 30 S. 15th St.  I recently published a book called…

    • A large crane looms over Chestnut Street.

Construction tax's fate uncertain as City Council wraps up for summer

The fate of a proposed 1 percent construction tax for Philadelphia remained up in the air Thursday, during the last City Council session before the summer recess. The bill squeezed past…

    • The illegal boarding house at 1855 N 21 St., site of a deadly March fire.

Small post-fire rooming-house reforms advance in City Council

Since the rooming-house fire that killed four people in March, Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections has been pushing for legislative reforms to change how the city regulates group living facilities.…

    • Protesters at Thursday's City Council hearing on a package of affordable-housing bills.

Activists' protest delays, but doesn't derail, affordable-housing bills

City Council President Darrell Clarke’s affordable-housing package moved forward Thursday, despite activists who occupied the council chamber for 30 minutes to protest provisions of the bills that they argue would deprive…

    • Union leader John Dougherty strongly opposed the construction tax.

Union leader, administration officials blast construction tax

Despite criticism from some senior city officials and blistering opposition from the building trades unions, a proposed 1 percent tax on construction to fund affordable housing passed out of City Council's finance…

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