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    • Fishtown residents debate a development project at a neighborhood zoning meeting.

Risky business: City Planning Commission votes down bill that would help community groups pay for insurance

The city will not be paying your local community organization’s insurance bill anytime soon. That’s the upshot of a City Planning Commission meeting that ended Tuesday with commissioners unanimously voting against…

    • Penn's Landing rendering, park looking east | Hargreaves Associates & redsquare

Knight Foundation gives $4M for citywide conversation about park over I-95

A newly funded citywide public engagement campaign will be designed to give all Philadelphians a chance to shape plans for a new waterfront park over I-95 at Penn's Landing, project officials said…

    • The Painted Bride

Painted Bride denied historic status, removing roadblock to iconic building’s sale

Philadelphia’s Historical Commission heard hours of testimony Friday on the fate of the Painted Bride, an iconic art space in Old City that is covered in a distinctive mural celebrating…

    • Aldi rendering from Germantown

Will Philly's parking wars cost Mount Airy a new Aldi grocery store?

Mt. Airy may soon see a new Aldi grocery store on the intersection of Germantown Avenue and Hortter Street. Proposed as the ground-level retail anchor for a $20 million, 100,000-square-foot housing…

    • 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…

    • Port Richmond, new construction | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Cindy Bass proposes eliminating 10-year tax abatement

On Wednesday afternoon, Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass surprised her colleagues by circulating a bill that would end the city’s 10-year property tax abatement for any projects begun after Oct. 31,…

    • Mayor Kenney speaks at annual budget address. Credit: Emma Lee/WHYY

Philly's construction tax is dead and Kenney wants to pay for affordable housing with cash from abatements

One day before Philadelphia City Council is scheduled to return for its fall session, Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration has proposed an alternative to the controversial 1 percent construction tax passed by…

    • Hickman Temple AME Church, its facade reinforced and its doors open for its first Sunday service since April 2017.

Hickman Temple AME celebrates a win in the effort to preserve its historic church

Hickman Temple AME dominates the corner of 50th Street and Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia. This block-long, century-old church of slate and stone is a neighborhood icon in Cedar Park, a…

    • 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…

    • 709-713 Chestnut Street rendering

Favored to rise at 709 Chestnut St.: A 27-story condo tower

A condo tower proposed for 709 Chestnut St. received glowing reviews from the Civic Design Review Committee and the city’s Planning Commission staff at a presentation of the project Tuesday. The…

    • Julia Tackett says the developer of 706-724 Latona St. and nearby residents quickly came to an impasse over the best way to develop the lots. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

A beloved Passyunk Square oasis approved for luxury townhouses

Just around the corner from the South Philly intersection where Pat’s and Geno’s compete for cheesesteak-curious tourists, hides one of the more unusual delights of the historically working-class neighborhood. Walk down…

    • A rendering of the Laborers' District Council Education and Training Center proposed for 1333 North Broad St.

Philly's only majority black building trades union planning move from the 'burbs to North Broad

If all goes as planned, Philadelphia’s only majority black building trades union and one of the only construction unions with a majority of members who live in the city will soon…

    • Equal Justice Center

New plans for Chinatown development show a lush park

A legal aid office complex and residential tower slated for Chinatown’s last major vacant piece of real estate will be shorter, greener and better connected to the surrounding neighborhood, according to…

    • Freedom Theatre's exterior, where some flaking of the facade's surface can be seen above the sign facing Master Street.

Freedom Theatre's venerable home struggles to rebound from a very wet season

Freedom Theatre is having a tough year. For decades, this sprawling 1850s-mansion in North Philadelphia served as a vibrant hub for African-American artists, but the building — and the historic institution…

    • Police stand guard at the Frank Rizzo statue on the grounds of the Municipal Services Building. (Emma Lee/WHYY, file)

A historian on the Rizzo debate: 'It comes down to what statues do'

Controversy surrounding the 10-foot-tall statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo across from City Hall has rekindled in recent weeks, as it’s become clear that the figure will not be moved or…

    • 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…

    • The Royal Theater's facade

No about-face on facadectomies in Philly just yet: They're still pretty rare here

On South Street, the front exterior of the Royal Theater still stands, encased in steel. The ornamented brick façade of the historic entertainment complex is all that is left of the…

    • chestnut hill brewing co

Has Market at Fareway violated a 40-year covenant? Some in Chestnut Hill think so

Around 8 o’clock on a recent weeknight, Chestnut Hill’s Market at the Fareway is a hive of activity. Food vendors inside the old car barn are doing a brisk trade in…

    • 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…

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