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    • Guy Thigpen's tax delinquent property is the structure with the window missing, orange notice on door

How blight fighter became trapped in tax delinquency

On the short block of South 47th Street between Paschall and Grays Ferry avenues there is a typical row of once-lovely, now- busted brick rowhouses. Porches sag, windows are broken and…

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Ravaged by Neglect, Part Three: Delinquents enabled by city's failings

For decades, City Hall has been an indifferent steward of Philadelphia’s most elemental resource: the land itself. The result has been low collection rates on real estate taxes, inaccurate property assessments,…

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See how property tax delinquency affects you

One stunning effect of Philadelphia's property tax delinquency problem is diminshed property values across the city that reduce the city's tax base by about 10% or $9.5 billion. But what does…

Frankford talks news businesses at civic meeting about old business

There were no zoning issues to discuss at the Frankford Civic Association meeting on March 7, but there was a host of old business to update. 4834 Penn Street which was…

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Clarke bill provides size and density bonuses for affordable housing developments

Last Thursday, Council President Darrell Clarke introduced five bills aimed at encouraging development on Philadelphia’s ubiquitous vacant land, reducing the city-owned stock of the same, and providing incentives for the construction…

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March 11-15: Sustainability Symposium | Open Records 101 | Globe Dye Confidential | Feed Cities Conference

Symposium: DVGBC PA/NJ Sustainability Symposium March 12, 7:45am-1:30pm. Temple University Performing Arts Center, 1837 North Broad Street. The Delaware Valley Green Building Council hosts its third annual Sustainability Symposium to spread…

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How many tax delinquent properties are within 500 feet of your house?

PlanPhilly's multi-part story on property tax delinquents is well worth the read. But one particular item you should pay attention to is the map being used to show Philadelphians how many…

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March 11: Ravaged by Neglect | redevelopment in Tioga/Nicetown/Allegheny West | of skylines and streets | Fishtown's disappeared public art

Welcome to the working week, Streeters. It’s going to be about 60˚ today, so we hope you get out and about today to take in this spring-like day. And should…

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In some cases, new assessments could bloat delinquent bills

The 800 block of South 19th Street flows through the heart of southwest Center City, the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood known, alternatively, as the Graduate Hospital area (G-Ho) and South of South.…

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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…

    • 6061 Webster Street

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…

    • 3831 Cambridge, property traced to Antoine Gardiner and photographed February 22, 2013. (David Swanson / Inquirer Staff Photographer)

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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Eyes on the Street

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…

    • 5357 Knox St. in Germantown

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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