Councilman Frank DiCicco

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Councilman DiCicco Questions Results Of Petition For Beautifying East Callowhill Street

A battle that has divided one of Philadelphia’s fastest-growing neighborhoods isn’t over yet; at least not if an outgoing member of City Council has his say.


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Mayor Nutter Plans On Vetoing ‘Wall Wrap’ Measure

Mayor Nutter plans on closing out the year by wielding his veto plan, nixing a plan for a large ‘wall wrap’ advertisement on a Center City building.


(The former Beneficial Bank building at 12th and Chestnut Streets.  Photo from Google Maps)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Urge Conditional Zoning For Center City Pool Hall Plan

Plans for an upscale billiards parlor in center city Philadelphia are very much in limbo, and City Council now is giving the developer a firm deadline to get the project going.


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Philadelphia Lawmakers OK Massive Billboard Despite Federal Funds Warning

The bill now goes to the mayor, who is expected to veto it and send it back to Council.


(File photo:  Sugarhouse Casino in Sept. 2010.   Credit: Paul Kurtz)

Philadelphia Councilman Sees Smooth Sailing For Sugarhouse Casino Expansion

Sugarhouse next year hopes to begin construction of its second phase, says 1st District councilman Frank DiCiccio, “to expand their facility, create a multi-level parking garage, and more public space.”


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SugarHouse Celebrates 1st Anniversary With Donation, Expansion Plans

SugarHouse Casino is celebrating its first anniversary of operation with several events being held throughout the weekend.


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Legislation Giving Every Philadelphia Hotel a Free Parking Space is Pulled

The plan before City Council’s Streets Committee would have reserved a single parking space for a hotel-owned car near every hotel to give complimentary local trips to guests.



Philadelphia City Council Approves 3.85-Percent Property Tax Hike; Mayor Vetoes DROP

Proceeds from that property tax bump — combined with a meter rate increase for street parking and some city surplus funds — will give the school district an extra $53 million.


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Philadelphia City Council Pass Sick Leave And DROP Bills

In the middle of pressing soda and property tax issues, City Council dealt with two controversial bills dealing with sick leave and the DROP program.


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Philadelphia Lawmakers Back Plan To Allow Large, Electronic Signs Along Market St.

A Phialdelphia city council committee has given thumbs-up to a measure that would allow for large-scale electronic signage on Market Street East in center city.


(Members of Philadelphia City Council follow along as Mayor Nutter gives his budget speech on Thursday.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Councilmembers Squirming Over Nutter’s Proposed Budget

Following the mayor’s speech to City Council on Thursday morning, Councilman Frank Rizzo called the mayor’s budget “a first draft,” and he expects Nutter to wind up blaming Governor Corbett for the final result.


(The former Beneficial Bank building at 12th and Chestnut Streets.  Photo from Google Maps)

Pool Hall Plan For Center City Building Raising Neighbors’ Concerns

A developer wants to turn the Beneficial Bank Building — at 12th and Chestnut Streets and shuttered for the last ten years — into what he says would be the city’s first “upscale” billiards parlor.


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Old City Residents Berate City Council Over High-Rise Billboard Plan

“If you’re going to do that, you might as well put a six-story thing right on City Hall that says, ‘Your Ad Here, Call City Council for Details,’ ” one critic told City Council.



DROP Action Delayed; Watchdog Group Sees Stalling

It’s been more than three months since Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter called on City Council to abolish the controversial retirement program known as “DROP.”