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    • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, left, shakes hands with members of City Council at City Hall on Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Kenney crackdown on flipping city lots falls short, critics say

Is it possible to reform Philadelphia’s corruption-prone system of selling public land without removing City’s Council’s informal power over sales? That’s the question a day after Mayor Jim Kenney introduced changes…

    • Gretz Brewery complex | November 6, 2013

State Supreme Court restores powerful blight-fighting tool

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has given Philadelphia back its favorite blight-fighting tool. In a Sept. 13 ruling, state justices  unanimously reaffirmed the city’s ability to force property owners to maintain the…

    • A vacant lot in North Philadelphia.

‘Greening’ vacant lots improves mental health in Philly communities

Vacant and dilapidated lots are a common city eyesore — not just in Philadelphia, but across the country. About 15 percent of urban land across the U.S. is either vacant or abandoned.…

    • A rendering of the $25 million Philadelphia Youth Basketball complex proposed for 36 acres of the Logan Triangle in North Philadelphia.

First step in plan to redevelop Logan Triangle: A $25m basketball complex

Philadelphia’s Redevelopment Authority has begun the process of transferring the southwest corner of the infamous Logan Triangle into private hands, a long-awaited step forward. The 36 acres in North Philadelphia west…

    • La Finquita's farmstand in 2014. Whatever didn't sell was donated to the Catholic Worker's daily soup kitchen.

How one urban farm was lost: La Finquita's finale

It started with a lock and a “No Trespassing” sign. They appeared one day on the fence at Lawrence and Master streets, next to a hand-painted sign reading, “La Finquita,” or…

    • philadelphia land bank 920 613 80

Philly's 43,000 vacant lots face a fresh political battle

The Philadelphia Land Bank is the latest battleground in the war for position between City Council and the Kenney administration. At the first council meeting of 2018 held on Thursday, Council…

    • A protested eviction in Germantown.  (Bas Slabbers for WHYY)

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,…

    • Leo Brundage in front of his house in Eastwick.

In Eastwick, belief that flooding during Hurricane Floyd was intentional still muddies the water

Eastwick residents have long endured regular flooding. The Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood is home to the lowest point in the city. The community sits within the federally-designated floodplain. Historically, Eastwick was a…

    • Tires dumped illegally, photo sent to Philly311 in January 2017.

As reports of illegal dumping rise, can Philly bring new solutions to this old problem?

It’s Saturday morning and a group of volunteers is gathered around a vacant lot next to the train tracks at Erie Avenue in Tioga. There’s trash piled everywhere: tires, abandoned pieces…

    • Allan Domb | Emma Lee/WHYY

Can Allan Domb's big idea for tax deadbeats win over City Hall?

Allan Domb came into office with one big item on his policy agenda: Make the deadbeats pay. The councilman estimates that the City of Philadelphia is owed almost $500 million in…

    • Village of Arts and Humanities | Eugene Kim (creative commons license)

Land Bank revises targets in 2017 strategic plan

“We are seeing first hand why the land bank may not be as efficient as it could be,” Aviva Kapust, executive director of the Village of Arts and Humanities, told the…

    • A vacant lot maintained by PHS through the Vacant Lot Stabilization program located on 6th and Berks.

City seeking 'nuclear option' to reclaim land it sells to private developers

On Tuesday, City Council moved a bill forward that would make it easier to take back city land it sells to private developers. The bill would alter city code provisions regarding…

    • N. 9th and W. Dauphin

Land Bank properties shouldn't accrue stormwater fees

When the legislation enabling the Philadelphia Land Bank was crafted a few years ago lawmakers apparently forgot an important detail: not charging stormwater fees on the properties held by the Lank…

    • Garden advocates outside City Hall, September 2016 | Catalina Jaramillo / PlanPhilly

Urban agriculture leaders ask for citywide commitments to garden preservation and creation

More than one hundred urban farmers and food justice advocates, some of them with cardboard signs in the shape of carrots, tomatoes, and eggplants, attended the first Philadelphia City Council hearing…

    • Gardener Phil Forsyth in St. Bernard Community Garden, May 2016 | Max Marin

After dodging sheriff’s sale, community gardens look ahead to the Land Bank

Two long-tenured community gardens in West Philadelphia are breathing a temporary sigh of relief. For the second time in a few years, St. Bernard Community Garden in Cedar Park has narrowly…

    • Chinese Cultural Center, 125 N. 10th Street, May 2016

Conservatorship approved to stabilize Chinese Cultural Center

The Chinese Cultural Center’s richly ornamented, timeworn façade lords over 10th Street just north of the Friendship Gate. It is one of Chinatown’s most expressive buildings, but its wood balconies and…

    • York and Jasper streets | Google Streetview

City Council approves Land Bank’s first two property transfers

City Council unanimously adopted a pair of resolutions today authorizing the Philadelphia Land Bank to make its first two property transfers. There is symbolism in the first pair of properties to…

    • Courtesy of Greg Heller

On the Record: Q&A with Greg Heller, director of Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority

Last month, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority selected Greg Heller, an author and community development professional, to serve as its executive director. Heller takes over for Brian Abernathy, who left the PRA…

    • Rittenhouse Square lot

What's driving Philly's rising land values?

What’s vacant land in Philly actually worth? Kevin Gillen, the chief economist of Meyers Research, and Guy Thigpen, director of analytic services for the Philadelphia Land Bank, gave a presentation at…

    • 1400 block of South Taylor Street, Google Street View

Vacant properties in Point Breeze transferred for affordable housing

The Women’s Community Revitalization Project announced on Tuesday that it has secured two publicly-owned vacant properties in Point Breeze and is planning to build around 30 affordable houses in the neighborhood,…

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