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Love Park Renovation Debate To Resume In January

The debate over who will pay for renovations at Love Park is expected to continue after City Council members return from their winter break in late January.

12/27/2013

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SEPTA Wants $40M Subway Concourse Makeover

SEPTA GM Joe Casey says it’s more than cleaning up. It’s installing cameras and better lighting and possibly getting retail development.

12/15/2013

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Proposed Bill Gives L&I Crews Authority To Break Padlocks To Clean Vacant Lots

Second District Councilman Kenyatta Johnson says L&I’s efforts to clean up unsightly vacant lots are stymied because absentee owners lock them.

12/14/2013

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City Council Passes Law Making Property Owners Responsible For Cleaning Up Graffiti

You didn’t do the tagging, but if it’s on your property, city council says it’s on you to clean it up.

12/12/2013

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City Council To Extend Gentrification Relief Deadline

City Council plans to extend a deadline for one of the programs that will give homeowners relief next year in the wake of Philadelphia’s new property assessments.

11/17/2013

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Philadelphia City Council Takes On Demolitions

City Council has another hearing scheduled Thursday afternoon on its plan to overhaul how demolitions are carried out in Philadelphia, and some differences exist among the lawmakers on a few proposals.

11/14/2013

Attorney Stephanie Kosta (R) and George Kroculick (L) at a city council committee hearing on Philadelphia's billboard regulations. (credit: City of Philadelphia)

Overhaul Of Philadelphia’s Billboard Regulations Leaves Many Unhappy

Billboard companies and activists opposed to billboards were all unhappy Tuesday after a city council committee approved a top-to-bottom overhaul of Philadelphia’s billboard regulations.

11/12/2013

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Controversial Tax Break OK’d Despite Opposition From Hotels

It was hotel versus hotel as City Council members today gave initial approval to a tax break for a developer who wants to build two new hotels in Center City. Existing hoteliers cried foul.

11/07/2013

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Mayor Nutter, Council President Reach Agreement On Funding For School District

The Mayor gathered with Council President Darrell Clarke and several members of City Council late Wednesday afternoon to announce he had reached what he labeled a compromise on the school fund plan.

10/30/2013

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New Fix To Old Law Could Help Fill Empty Curbside Stands At Italian Market

City Council is making it easier for merchants at the Italian Market to fill up curbside stands that are now vacant.

10/30/2013

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Dom Talks With Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell About ‘People’s History’ In Philly Schools

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell was happy to bring the proposal before City Council, saying, “It’s because it’s such a candid book. Howard Zinn is a person who has been a civil rights fighter during his whole adult life.”

10/24/2013

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City Council Hears Arguments About Potential Ban On Used Cell Phone Kiosks

A company that makes ATM-style kiosks which offer cash for used cell phones is fighting an effort to ban them in Philadelphia. Officials of the firm will appear at a City Council hearing later today.

10/24/2013

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I-Team Exclusive: Fire Apparatus Investigation

In the wake of a medic unit bursting into flames, heavily damaging a firehouse at 4th and Arch Streets, City Council has voted to hold public hearings into the condition and safety of Philadelphia fire apparatus, while the CBS 3 I-Team has uncovered visual evidence of still more problems.

10/10/2013

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Philly Councilman Says Gate Locks Shouldn’t Stop Cleanup Crews

“People have the right to live in a clean neighborhood,” says Second District Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.

10/10/2013

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Debate Over Giving Commercial Property Owners A Break If Appealing New Assessments

City council and the mayor are split over extending a grace period for those whose appeals are still pending when the bills come due.

10/05/2013

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