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(Philadelphia School District headquarters, at 440 North Broad Street.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

2013 IN REVIEW: Phila. School Funding at a Crossroads

City Council president Darrell Clarke got fellow lawmakers to agree to a plan that would recover money sent to the school district by selling some unused school buildings to developers.

12/27/2013

(Philadelphia City Hall.  File photo by Timothy McLaughlin)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Compromise on City ‘Land Bank’ Plan

City Council members have reached what officials are calling an “historic” agreement to rein in a longstanding Philadelphia problem: how to dispose of tens of thousands of vacant properties and lots.

12/05/2013

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Clarke’s Proposal For Love Park Renovation Includes Indoor And Outdoor Restaurants

City Council President Darrell Clarke today is unveiling his plan to remake the famed Love Park in Center City.

12/05/2013

(City officials including Mayor Nutter announce the city's new tax relief program for gentrified properties.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Launches Property Tax Gentrification Relief Program

It is the second major relief program to result from the new property assessments that were mailed out earlier this year, for tax bills that are due early next year.

12/04/2013

(Mayor Nutter, center, leads the ribbon cutting for the new Paseo Verde apartments in North Philadelphia.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

New North Philly Apartment Complex Is Model In Many Ways

The new affordable housing development is the nation’s first LEED-ND “plantinum” development, representing $48 million in federal tax credits and private investment.

12/03/2013

(Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke, left, and developer Bart Blatstein.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Construction Underway On North Philly Shopping Center

Developer Bart Blatstein described the 9th Street Marketplace, saying, “This is a 40,000 square foot, $20 million shopping center at 9th and Girard.”

11/14/2013

(Bart Blatstein speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new shopping center at 9th Street and Girard Avenue in Philadelphia.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Rival Casino Developer Not Surprised By Steve Wynn’s Bow-Out

Developer Bart Blatstein, one of the remaining applicants for Philadelphia’s second casino license, says this week’s withdrawal of Wynn’s application removes what Blatstein calls a “distraction.”

11/13/2013

(File photos:  Darrell Clarke, left, by Steve Tawa.  Michael Nutter by Mike Dunn.)

Nutter Still In The Dark Over Clarke’s Plan To Sell Vacant School Buildings

Mayor Michael Nutter says he’s still somewhat in the dark over Council President Darrell Clarke’s plan to send $50-million to the school district in exchange for the right to sell some vacant district buildings. Nutter wants to know who’s interested in buying them.

10/23/2013

(Philadelphia City Council.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

Phila. Council Gives Final OK To Alternative $50M School Funding Measure

Even though Mayor Nutter is against it, Philadelphia City Council has voted unanimously to approve its own plan to provide $50 million for the school district.

10/17/2013

(Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter speaks with reporters outside his office about school district funding.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter Sees More Rough Road Ahead For Philly School District Funding

On Wednesday afternoon Mayor Nutter said he was thankful that Gov. Corbett finally cut the check for the $45 million for the school district.

10/16/2013

(Credit: Cherri Gregg)

New Community Center Dedicated in North Philadelphia

new, 8,500 square foot community life center has opened in North Philadelphia, thanks to an $11-million investment in affordable housing.

10/16/2013

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Philadelphia Physician, Entrepreneur Walter Lomax Dead At 81

“He contributed a lot to the city of Philadelphia and to this country,” said Philadelphia city councilwoman Marian Tasco. “This city has lost an outstanding leader, good citizen, and a great benefactor.”

10/10/2013

(City and neighborhood leaders cut a ceremonial ribbon at Francisville Playground.  Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Refurbished Playground Puts New Sparkle on a Fairmount Enclave

City Council president Darrell Clarke says the $275,000 restoration project was completed in about a month.

09/25/2013

(Councilman Wilson Goode Jr., in file image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Councilman Revamps His Ten-Year Tax Abatement Overhaul Proposal

Councilman Wilson Goode, who had originally proposed reducing the abatement slightly, is now pushing a plan to scale back the abatement more drastically.

09/19/2013

(The former Germantown High School.  File photo by Carrie Hodousek)

Expert Says Plan To Sell Off Philly School Buildings Won’t Fetch Much Cash

University of Pennsylvania design professor Harris Steinberg thinks most of the now-shuttered buildings will bring the city little money — if they can be sold at all.

09/14/2013

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