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    • A rendering of the Arthaus tower planned for South Broad Street.(Kohn Pederson Fox Associates)

Kenney: Ultra-luxury tower rising on South Broad signals success of Philly’s tax abatement

An ultra-luxury South Broad Street condo tower will offer Center City’s elite the chance to live, party, and garden without ever leaving the building. That was the promise made by developer…

    • City Council President Darrell Clarke. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

How City Council President Darrell Clarke stopped housing from rising on a vacant city lot and helped his landlord

Do politically connected developers get a do-over when they lose out on a city land sale? The days when City Council members simply steered public land to chosen developers are supposed…

    •  Projects in 10 jurisdictions across PA will receive the grant funding to preserve affordable housing units, ranging from suburban Montgomery County to rural Indiana County. (Jenny Kane/AP Photo)

Affordability isn't just a city problem — Harrisburg sends housing grants to suburban, rural areas

With green lawns and white picket fences, Abington Township is hardly a poster child for gentrification. Yet housing costs have doubled in this Montgomery County suburb over the past 20 years.…

    • Tracey Gordon stands in front of homes in her Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philly’s new Register of Wills wants to fight fees that lock people out of homeownership

When Tracey Gordon’s grandmother fell ill, the elderly Philadelphia woman made a decision. She preemptively transferred the deed to her home to her son –– Gordon’s uncle — a move intended…

    • Lauren Vidas (left) ran as a challenger to incumbent Kenyatta Johnson (right)

In race spotlighting South Philly gentrification, Kenyatta Johnson wins

Call it the urbanist reality check. Urban planning policy generally doesn’t make the cut for election season banter. Candidates run on education, safety, crime, jobs — not development policy. This primary…

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City streets safer than suburban roads, study finds

New research from the University of Pennsylvania shows that denser cities and towns can save lives. The four-year long study compared Pennsylvania Department of Transportation records of all car accidents in…

    • Market-rate town homes are under construction at 3300 Mantua Avenue. Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell steered the lot to the project's developer. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Why Philly's councilmanic prerogative isn’t going away

Philadelphia’s 2019 municipal primary will be remembered for the sheer number of candidates running for spots on City Council. But it is also a political cycle in which broad themes like…

    • A rendering for Residences on Race. (Credit: Steven Eizen Real Estate)

17-story condo tower to rise in Comcast Center’s backyard

A string of row houses in Center City are set to come down to make way for a 17-story condo tower proposed just a stone’s throw from the Comcast Center, according…

    • William Bess, 19, (center) with his mother and father on their porch in East Mt. Airy. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Temple U cops sued over alleged racial profiling incident

A black Philadelphia college student has filed a federal civil rights complaint against the Temple University Police Department over an alleged May 2017 stop-and-frisk incident. In the filing, plaintiff William Bess…

    • Demolition permits have been filed for this building standing at 1208 Chestnut St. (Ryan Briggs/Google Streetview)

Slim tower to replace Chestnut St. Rainbow building

A residential tower is coming to the 1200 block of Chestnut Street, bringing 49 new apartments to the Center City neighborhood.  The planned nine-story building will replace a vacant storefront last…

    • Daimler's car-sharing service allows users to park anywhere. (Daimler)

New 'park anywhere' car-sharing service vying for a spot on Philly’s jammed streets

After months of lobbying, a German company could be on the cusp of making a new method of car sharing legal in Philadelphia. The company, operated by the Stuttgart-based corporation Daimler…

    • Iron workers help build the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Lawsuit seeks to break Building Trades’ hold on city construction contracts

A lawsuit filed in federal court is challenging Philadelphia’s long-held tradition of reserving city construction work for certain labor unions. But the suit comes from a surprising source: Rival union contractors,…

    • Candidates hold yes signs signaling their agreement with a  proposal at a March candidates forum at Congregation Rodeph Shalom. (Jonathan Wilson for WHYY)

Most Philly Council candidates oppose the 10-year tax abatement

Philadelphia’s 46 City Council candidates may not agree on much, but the majority do agree on one point –– it’s time to renegotiate the city’s 10-year real estate tax abatement on…

    • Concentrated poverty is growing in certain Philadelphia area suburbs.

Northeast Philly, suburbs become poorer as inner city gentrifies

Philadelphia’s innermost neighborhoods were shedding residents and businesses as the suburbs boomed in the mid-20th century. Moving to a tract house in a place like Levittown in Bucks County or the…

    • The Wharton Centre at 22nd Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

A historic haven for black Philadelphians slated for demolition

A string of buildings that once housed one of the city’s first social service providers for black Philadelphians are set to meet the wrecking ball. The Wharton Centre was founded in…

    • Market-rate town homes are under construction at 3300 Mantua Avenue. Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell steered the lot to the project's developer. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Blackwell helped a developer get city land. Now he’s hosting a fundraiser for her.

Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell will be feted at a $250- to $1,000-plate campaign fundraising dinner hosted by a for-profit developer who has benefitted from city land sales orchestrated by the…

    • A Philadelphia judge owned this rowhome at 1514 N. Hollywood St. bought the adjacent vacant lots from the city to use as sideyards. He then sold all three properties. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

An end to sweetheart deals? Kenney orders competitive city land sales

Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration issued a directive to all City Council offices Thursday outlining reforms to Philadelphia’s controversial and dysfunctional process for selling unused city-owned land. Many of these sales have…

    • Mayor Kenney says says income from the sugary drink tax will support schools and community centers in the city, March 2016 | Emma Lee / WHYY

Philadelphia council introduces bill to phase out soda tax

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney just got handed a new and potentially dire challenge to the city’s soda tax — the signature achievement of his first term. A bill introduced by City…

    • A rendering of a mixed-use development Parkway has proposed for a surface parking lot it owns at the intersection of North Broad and Spring Garden streets. ( BLT Architects/ Parkway Corp.)

Philly's Parkway Corp. seeks $5 million grant for Center City office tower

Parkway Corporation, a parking lot operator with extensive downtown real estate holdings, wants state redevelopment dollars to underwrite the construction of an 18-story office tower near 23rd and Market streets. The…

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Swank swim club to top off former PHA building

The city is building a park on top of I-95, the old Royal Theatre is turning into luxury apartments and now, a swanky rooftop swim club is coming to the Philadelphia…

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