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Reading Terminal Market offers a model for lifting entrepreneurs of color
Reading Terminal Market’s model for supporting entrepreneurs of color could ensure Black and brown entrepreneurs benefit from Biden’s infrastructure act.
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Buttigieg touts $1.6 billion for Pa. bridges as part of Biden infrastructure bill
The new Bridge Formula Program will distribute $26.5 billion nationwide over the next five years, helping pay for replacements and repairs of up to 15,000 bridges.
6 days ago
Philly community groups could get priority in sale of thousands of vacant city lots under new bill
The legislation introduced in City Council would change how vacant city land is sold. One affordable housing advocate described the bill as “almost revolutionary.”
Philly hits a ‘crossroads’ of environmental justice at ex-PES oil refinery
Hilco, the shuttered refinery’s new owner, is seeking permits to continue to store and sell petroleum — and surrounding communities feel betrayed.
7 days ago
Philly has few affordable homes for multigenerational families. There are no plans to change that
Philadelphia Housing Authority has some five- and six-bedroom apartments to its name, but they are “exceedingly rare,” CEO Kelvin Jeremiah said.
Germantown residents say their City Council person abused her power to help a political backer win a development contract
A group of Germantown residents filed a complaint against City Councilmember Cindy Bass, alleging the lawmaker abused her power during a community meeting.
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My building has 18 tenants and no fire extinguishers. Preventing tragedy requires more affordable housing
People too often have no choice but to live in overcrowded and unsafe households to avoid homelessness. I know because it happened to me.
Fairmount rowhouse fire that killed 12 began when a Christmas tree ignited
“We are left with the words of that traumatized 5-year-old child to help us understand how the lighter and tree came together with tragic consequences,” said Thiel.
Harriet Tubman statue arrives in Philadelphia in time for her 200th birthday
The nine-foot-tall sculpture will reside on the apron of City Hall until the end of March when the city will celebrate the anniversary of her birth in March of 1822.
What to know about fire safety rules for your Philadelphia home or apartment
Whether you live in an apartment building, rowhouse apartment, or single-family home, here’s what you should expect when it comes to fire safety.
Philly’s rental assistance program is ending
The program helped more than 38,000 households affected by COVID-19 remain in their homes. It is shutting down because funding is running out.
2 weeks ago
‘A matter of life and death’: Fairmount house that caught fire lacked safety fixes found in newer PHA properties
Philadelphia Housing Authority CEO Kelvin Jeremiah said the deadly fire that engulfed a PHA apartment highlights the need for investment in public housing.
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