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Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez

(Mayor Michael Nutter speaks with reporters outside his City Hall office.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Vows To Sign Bill Aimed At Getting Vacant Properties Into Hands Of New Owners

After months of contentious negotiations, City Council approved — and Mayor Nutter plans to sign — a bill that creates what’s called a Land Bank.


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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.


(Philadelphia city councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sanchez, at Wednesday's City Council hearing.  Photos from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Weighs Raising Use And Occupancy Tax To Help Fund Schools

City Council’s Finance committee today examines a proposal from Seventh District councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez on the ‘Use and Occupancy Tax,’ or U&O, a type of property tax specific to business owners.


(Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez, center, and other city councilmembers at a hearing on a measure to toughen controls on vacant buildings in the city of Philadelphia.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Plan Tougher Controls On Vacant, Fire-Prone Properties

The Kensington warehouse blaze earlier this month that claimed the lives of two Philadelphia firefighters is still having a ripple effect through city government.


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City Council Proposes Creation Of ‘Land Bank’ To Deal With Vacant Properties

City Council is looking at creating a new kind of bank — a “Land Bank” — that would be responsible for disposing of 30,000 vacant properties scattered throughout Philadelphia.


(Philadelphia City Hall.  File photo by Timothy McLaughlin)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Move Toward Alteration Of City’s Business Taxes

With Philadelphia’s jobless rate in double digits, a City Council committee has okayed significant changes to the city’s business tax structure — and Mayor Nutter is on board as well.


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Philadelphia City Council Will Hold Public Hearing On City Redistricting

By law, City Council has only until September 9th to redistrict, based on census numbers that show a significant population shift in Philadelphia. The hearing is set for August 16th.


City Council in its caucus room in City Hall (Credit: Steve Tawa)

Due to Census Data, Philadelphia City Council Will Spend The Summer Redistricting

Philadelphia City Council members will be breaking a sweat this summer, even though they’re on recess until September. It’s because city lawyers told them late this week that they must redistrict pronto, to reflect shifts in population.


(Philadelphia schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Judge Temporarily Halts Philadelphia School District Layoff Plan

A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge has granted a union request to force schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman to rescind 1,500 teacher layoffs for the time being.