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On one block, more than $200,000 in uncollected revenue

The 2100 block of North 9th Street—between Diamond and Susquehanna, just northeast of Temple University—looks as though it’s being eaten alive. Between the still-standing, three-story brick houses, conspicuous patches of empty…

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When neighbors are pushed to make blight fight their own battle

Maybe it was the tall weeds, or the busted windows, or the leaks damaging the neighbor's home, or the fear of a fire, but Denise Lewis and her neighbors on Webster…

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Ravaged by Neglect, Part Two: A broken property tax system where everyone loses, except investors

Philadelphia's decades-long neglect of property tax collections has been a disaster for public schools, the city budget, and typical taxpaying homeowners. But the system does have its advantages for low-rent landlords,…

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Part One: Lax property tax enforcement and brazen deadbeat investors have depressed Philadelphia’s property-tax base by $9.5 billion

The neighbors did what they could to dress up the gaping wound on their block. They painted the steps black and the porch a bold bluish-green. In the fall, they put…

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How we estimated the economic value and neighborhood impact of tax-delinquent properties in Philadelphia

PlanPhilly hired Kevin Gillen, a senior research consultant at the Fels School of Government, to perform an independent analysis gauging the impact of real estate tax delinquency on the property values…

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Historical Commission approves Drexel Project

The March meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission sped by in less than an hour on Friday morning. It was made expeditious by the fact that a much-anticipated discussion of proposed…

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March 13-15: Feeding Cities: Food Security in a Rapidly Urbanizing World

By 2030, 60 percent of the world's population is expected to live in cities. This urbanization process goes together closely with growing urban poverty and food insecurity. Currently, approximately one-third of…

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Germantown's spite-blight case finally comes to a legal end

The city's latest legal case against the elderly owner of a Germantown home involved in a long-running dispute with neighbors came to a quiet end in court, but not a lot…

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March 8-10: Flower Show finale | Pruning Workshop | Wissahickon Hike

2013 PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW Friday, March 8, 10am-9:30pm. Saturday, March 9, 8am-9:30pm. Sunday, March 10, 8am-6pm. Catch the 2013 Flower Show before it's gone. Tonight is "Girls Night Out," tomorrow check…

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Interactive map: Percentage of Philadelphia students who attend their neighborhood elementary schools

In the Far Northeast, within city lines but long its own sprawling world, the traditional neighborhood public elementary school remains a popular option for families with young children. Take William H.…

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O’Neill amends commercial corridor zoning bill

City Council voted to amend a bill introduced last fall by Councilman Brian O’Neill that would change how some uses are restricted in neighborhood commercial corridors. O’Neill said that the latest…

    • MOTU maps show how commuting patterns vary across Philadelphia. Map courtesy of MOTU
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Only 10 percent of Philadelphians walk or bike to work

As part of its ever-expanding social media outreach efforts, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) released the last of its three-part, “Tidbit Tuesday” series on Center City commuting patterns…

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Philadelphia property tax meeting tonight for Northeast residents

Philadelphia is trying to talk directly to residents about the citywide overhaul of property taxes. Question and answer sessions are starting Thursday. To help residents understand the new property assessments that…

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SEPTA woos occasional riders during Flower Show

The suspension of quiet ride cars – which made the news earlier this week – was not the only change SEPTA made to its service for the annual Philadelphia Flower Show. …

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Franklin Mills Mall shopper used stolen credit cards, wanted by 8th District [video]

Police in the 8th District are looking for the thief who broke into a vehicle in Bucks County and went shopping at Franklin Mills Mall. Last week, a report was filed…

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Love Note #159: Andrew Nusca's love note to 30th Street Station's warm, gilded embrace

Here's another installation in our Philly Love Notes collaboration -  an ode to our city's grand temple to transportation: 30th Street Station. Love Note #159: Andrew Nusca's love note to the…

    • Philly Office Retail will buy the property for $435,000 and lease the campus to the school for at least 10 years, starting in 2014. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Waldorf School's move to historic Germantown church property gets zoning-board support

Plans to move the Waldorf School of Philadelphia to a long-empty historic Germantown church property are moving ahead with support from local groups and an OK from the zoning board. It…

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Interactive map: Who actually attends public high schools in Northeast Philadelphia?

Northeast Philadelphia has five public high schools -- Fels, Frankford, Lincoln, Northeast and Washington -- but many students choose charter or magnet schools instead when it comes time to select non-private…

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