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    • Vivian Bailey in the Parkside neighborhood where he finally found a landlord who would accept his housing voucher. Credit: Emma Lee/WHYY

As Ben Carson signals fair housing rollback, advocates call on Mayor Kenney to put forward a 'bigger and bolder vision'

West Philadelphia resident Vivian Bailey, 76, spent much of the second half of 2017 couchsurfing. For the prior two years, he’d been a resident of the Penn Wynn building in Wynnfield,…

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Most Philadelphia neighborhoods still haven't recovered from the recession

Despite a recent building boom, Philadelphia’s housing market has not recovered from the Great Recession, especially outside Center City. While new high-rises are going up downtown and a handful of neighborhoods…

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The politics behind Philly's affordable housing stalemate

2017 ended without a wrap on at least one City Hall controversy: inclusionary zoning. As my WHYY collague Dave Heller and I discussed on Tuesday's NewsWorks Tonight broadcast ( listen to…

    • A protested eviction in Germantown, July 2012 | Bas Slabbers for NewsWorks

Gamblers, foreign money and struggling homeowners: Inside Philly’s sheriff sale boom

Above a nondescript dry cleaners in Center City sits a mysterious little office. The rare visitor has to walk through an unrelated tax preparation business to reach its three tiny rooms,…

    • Alex Peay in his North Philadelphia neighborhood

How redlining segregated Philadelphia

About a third of the homes on West Oakdale Street between 15th and 16th in North Philadelphia are empty. Six vacant lots interrupt the narrow rowhouse block. On a recent November…

    • Signage for new housing on the way. February, 2016 | Emma Lee/WHYY

Inclusionary zoning bill clears committee, but final vote delayed until 2018

Maria Quiñones-Sanchez’s controversial bill requiring developers to devote a percentage of new housing to low-income residents incrementally advanced on Tuesday, but don’t expect a City Council vote on it anytime soon.…

    • Queen Lane Apartments: West Penn St and Pulaski Ave. | Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks
Eyes on the Street

HACE CEO: City Council should pass inclusionary zoning bill

Philadelphia’s housing market is red-hot. Building permits issued from 2013 through 2016 exceeded the previous seven years combined, and thousands of new rental apartments have been added downtown in the last…

    • Work begins on a residential development on Fairmount Avenue in Northern Liberties. | Emma Lee/WHYY
Eyes on the Street

NLNA President: City Council, don’t fumble inclusionary zoning bill away on the two yard line

A mixed-income housing bill making its way through City Council aims at an important goal, but could miss the mark badly and hurt our city if Council rams it through next…

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New phase of housing authority's Sharswood project wins positive review

Plans for North Philadelphia’s Sharswood neighborhood could include brick-clad rowhomes, ranging from one to three stories, with surface parking and open green space behind the units. The Civic Design Review (CDR)…

    • Maria Quiñones-Sánchez | Emma Lee/WHY

Hold the zone: Vote on inclusionary zoning delayed a week in wake of opposition

Facing opposition from neighborhood civic associations and the real estate industry, Councilmember Maria Quiñones-Sánchez asked City Council’s Rules Committee to push back a vote on her controversial inclusionary zoning bill on…

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Eyes on the Street

Mayor Rizzo’s discriminatory housing policies: confronting our past and present

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney recently announced that the statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo before the Municipal Services Building is to be relocated. Much of the discussion has centered on discrimination,…

    • A large crane looms over the 1400 block of Chestnut Avenue. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Inconclusive Zoning: Planning Commission not sold on changes to affordable housing bill

The inclusionary zoning bill that City Council spent all autumn crafting now appears to have morphed into what critics say would essentially be an impact fee on Center City development. In…

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Council advances bills on truck cranes, vinyl siding, stop-n-go stores, and SLAPP suits

On Thursday, City Council largely concerned itself with Mayor Jim Kenney’s push to reassert local control over Philadelphia’s school system. But a handful of City Council members also introduced bills that…

    • Maria Quiñones-Sánchez | Emma Lee/WHY

Is mandatory inclusionary zoning the answer to Philly’s affordable housing question?

City Council’s attention of late has been focused on keeping rent and mortgages affordable for all in Philadelphia as steady, year-over-year population gains increase housing prices. But the bills introduced to…

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“Quality of Life” is Philadelphia’s biggest selling point. Can it survive an Amazonian invasion?

Like nearly every other city in North America, Philadelphia is putting the final touches on its bid to convince Amazon to build its second headquarters here ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The…

    • Point Breeze | Credit: Neal Santos, © National Trust for Historic Preservation

Stuck in a LOOP: Councilman calls for killing 10-year cap on real estate tax exemption

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson proposed an amendment to the city’s Longtime Owner Occupant of Program (LOOP) tax exemption program on Thursday. The proposal would eliminate the ten-year limit on the program for…

    • Bobby Henon | Emma Lee, NewsWorks

Henon wants more transparency from landlords

Tenant protection bills dominated the agenda at this week’s otherwise sleepy City Council session. Curtis Jones introduced a bill to institute “just cause” eviction protection for renters while, Democratic Majority Leader…

    • Curtis Jones | Emma Lee/WHYY

Just ‘cause: Jones introduces surprise bill aimed at preventing surprise evictions

Hardly anyone attended City Council weekly session this Thursday. The public seats were thinly populated, there were barely any reporters, and even the legislative body itself wasn’t at full strength. But…

    • A protested eviction in Germantown, July 2012 | Bas Slabbers for NewsWorks

Renters’ advocates take aim at landlords’ lawyers in fight to reform eviction court

The Public Interest Law Center is trying to change Philadelphia’s Landlord-Tenant Court. As one of the busiest corners of the municipal court system, these courtrooms in the stately Widner Building…

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Anti-foreclosure bill improved after summerlong simmer, officials say

UPDATE: The bill passed on Oct. 5, 2017. On Thursday, City Council advanced amendments to legislation passed last June that would reduce tax foreclosures, but never was enacted due to…

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