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City Council will push back the start date of changes to the city’s 10-year tax abatement, capitulating to a demand from Mayor Jim Kenney.
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Will Toll Brothers build Philadelphia’s first corporate-owned public bathroom?
Callowhill neighbors want a developer to address a persistent neighborhood problem: no place to pee.
14 hours ago
Lyft is partnering with a Philly social service agency to help people get to work
The ride-hailing service will issue 300 ride credits worth $10 each for clients of Philadelphia Works looking to secure employment.
15 hours ago
Is your landlord responsible for clearing a bedbug infestation? City Council says so in amended bill
Bedbugs found in the first year of a renter’s tenancy will be the landlord’s problem.
23 hours ago
Buh-bye bag: Philly’s ban on single-use plastic bags moves toward passage into law
City Council unanimously passed an amendment to ban all single-use plastic bags, regardless of their thickness. Supporters believe the changed bill will pass next week.
1 day ago
City Council caves to mayor’s threat, agrees to push back abatement reform
City Council passed the amended bill, which pushes back implementation of the abatement reform to Dec. 31, 2020.
Philly’s first urban agriculture director kicks off plan to save endangered edible gardens
Philadelphia is creating its first-ever plan for urban agriculture. The goal: to protect existing community gardens and encourage farming use on vacant city lots.
2 days ago
Evicted not gone: As Hoa Binh Plaza closes, many nearby Asian businesses thrive
The demise of Hoa Binh Plaza isn’t the only story of Asian businesses in gentrifying areas, leaders in Philly’s growing Asian community say.
3 days ago
Philly Council votes to shrink 10-year abatement, stoking real estate industry doomsday fears
The bill is expected to be approved by the full Council next Thursday, during the last meeting of 2019.
Study: 41% of Philly area renters live in houses that need repair
A new study from the Philadelphia Federal Reserve finds major home repair needs in the region with impacts particularly significant for low-income renters.
4 days ago
Shopping in Center City is actually thriving amid fears of a ‘retail apocalypse’
Experts point to the success of Center City shops, including longtime staples like Macy’s, as evidence that brick-and-mortar retail is still very much alive.
1 week ago
Gov. Wolf appoints Yassmin Gramian to replace outgoing PennDOT secretary
Executive Deputy Secretary Yassmin Gramian will assume the top job at the Department of Transportation effective Dec. 6.
SEPTA gets to keep air permit, operate gas generator in Nicetown
Activists appealed to stop SEPTA’s Nicetown gas generator from operating, but L&I Review Board has given SEPTA the greenlight.
‘We’re not lazy…we’re stuck’: Philadelphia residents call for action on housing crisis
City Council’s committee on poverty reduction held a hearing on housing. Residents spoke about barriers to homeownership, affordability and other issues.
Philly is building the first urban composting facility in Pa. — and it’s opening soon
Philadelphia’s first city-wide composting facility will open in the spring, marking a major milestone in a march towards zero waste.
2 weeks ago
PECO used eminent domain to seize University City’s vacant midcentury mod motel
PECO used eminent domain to seize 600 University Avenue. It’s only the second time the utility has used its taking power since 1973.
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