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Philly Council rushing to close deal on 10-year tax abatement before 2020

If City Council President Darrell Clarke has his way, Philadelphia’s 10-year property tax abatement on residential construction will be dramatically different by the end of this year.

By Jake Blumgart/WHYY

Is David Oh the future of Philadelphia’s Republican Party?

“I’m an independent-minded Republican. I’m not tied to the traditional Republican establishment,” he said.

By Jake Blumgart/WHYY

As rents rise, Philly trying new avenues to build and preserve affordable housing

Philadelphia is trying to harness the booming real estate business to bankroll affordable housing.

By Jake Blumgart/WHYY

Philadelphia’s budget team is strategizing for the next recession

Municipal balance sheets are healthier than they were before the last recession a decade ago, but officials warn that the city isn’t as well prepared as its peers. 

By Jake Blumgart/WHYY

Should landlords be responsible for a bedbug infestation? New bill passes remediation costs to tenants.

Philadelphia is one of the only major U.S. cities that doesn’t currently use city law to guard against the critters.

By Jake Blumgart/WHYY

Sacred battleground: Why the Philadelphia Archdiocese surrendered to preservationists

Church preservation is a recurrent battleground for historic preservationists, who argue that neighborhood religious structures are an integral part of a community’s built environment.

By Jake Blumgart/WHYY

Philly considers a new preservation fund aimed at owners of historic homes

Philadelphia currently offers no local historic incentives. The state historic tax credit is barely funded, providing only $5 million for all of Pennsylvania every year. The National Historic Tax Credit only applies to income-generating projects and cannot be used by homeowners.

By Jake Blumgart/WHYY

Kensington neighbors dismayed by ruling on supervised injection site

The ruling made waves across Kensington, with a mix of emotions coming from people who live in the neighborhood most directly affected by the crisis. 

By Jake Blumgart/WHYY