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As West Philly home values climb, Penn’s plan to invest in a second public school elicits displacement fears
Homebuyers have paid a premium to live in the Penn Alexander catchment. Will the same trend reshape the Lea school catchment if Penn invests there?
4 days ago
After tragic fire, firefighters and Temple football players teamed up to install smoke alarms
The Valiants of Philadelphia, a fraternal society of Black and Latino firefighters in Pennsylvania, helped organize the safety effort.
Philly poised to pass new (very similar) City Council map, amid complaints of opaque process
The plan, introduced Thursday on behalf of Council President Darrell L. Clarke, makes few significant changes to the existing district lines.
Philly’s first legislative response to deadly Fairmount fire is a proposed tax credit for landlords
Philadelphia officials have publicly mourned the loss of life but said nothing concrete about changes to fire safety policy before now.
Shaped like handcuffs, the future of Philly’s iconic ‘roundhouse’ is in debate
The Philadelphia Police Department’s iconic headquarters symbolizes police brutality to many. Now Philadelphians will have a chance to help guide its redevelopment.
5 days ago
Barrier-breaking Cobbs Creek Golf Course to reopen with $65M restoration
The shuttered course is more than a century old, with a rich history as an esteemed public course that welcomed players of color decades before other courses and the PGA.
‘Not even close to out of the woods’: Philly Council faces big challenges as they return to work
Philadelphia City Council is starting up its weekly meetings with tough budget negotiations ahead and COVID-19 keeping them virtual.
A Philly Council member wants the city to follow NYC’s model for fixing crumbling schools
Fixing Philly’s ailing public school buildings has been a big item on City Council’s collective to-do list for years. A new bill targets the problem.
6 days ago
Equal access and equal voices: The eternal relevance of MLK’s ‘Give Us the Ballot’ speech
Equal voices and equal access continue to be more of a war to be waged than rights to be mutually shared, writes Rev. David Brown.
1 week ago
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.
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.
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.”
2 weeks ago
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