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(Philadelphia controller Alan Butkovitz.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Controller Alleges Widespread Tax Evasion At Small Construction Projects

“It’s the Wild West in Philadelphia on construction projects,” Alan Butkovitz said today.


(Photo illustration by Ed Fischer)

Philadelphia L&I Unveils Newer, Friendlier, Info-Packed Web Site

At, the Department of Licenses and Inspections has now posted all of its raw data, including permits, violations, and licenses.


(This warehouse fire on April 9, 2012, killed two firefighters.   File photo)

Council To Probe Blaze That Claimed 2 Firefighters

City Council plans to hold hearings into Fire Department policies and procedures, in the wake of the April warehouse blaze in Kensington that claimed the lives of two firefighters.


Licenses and Inspections officers show off their new uniforms at City Hall. (Credit: Mike Dunn)

L&I Inspectors Get A New Uniform

Property inspectors in Philadelphia are getting a new look: gone are the traditional t-shirt and jeans, replaced with what the mayor says is professional attire.


(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.


(A property in the 700 block of Market Street in Philadelphia owned by the Lichtenstein brothers of Brooklyn, NY.  Credit: Ed Fischer)

Owners of Building Where Firefighters Died Cited For Other Phila. Violations

The city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections has filed three new citations on a property at 726 Market Street owned by the Lichtenstein brothers of Brooklyn, NY, who also own the building where two firefighters were killed last week in a huge blaze.


(Mayor Nutter is joined by other city and Red Cross officials outside a home in West Philadelphia where four people died in a fire early Monday morning.  Credit: Mark Abrams)

A Fuming Mayor Nutter Backs Full Probe Into Blaze That Killed Firefighters

The mayor says he knows the owners of the building in which two firefighters died this month had received three violation notices and never responded.


(The former Gretz Brewery, on Germantown Avenue, is one of about 25,000 abandoned buildings in Philadelphia.  File photo)

With Death of Firefighters, Philadelphia’s Blight Becomes More Urgent Issue

The Thomas Buck building, where the fire that killed two firefighters on Monday started, is just one of about 25,000 vacant properties in Philadelphia that create safety hazards in neighborhoods.


Philadelphia Presses Forward With Probe of Deadly Kensington Warehouse Fire

The fire marshal is probing what started the fire, and aides to the mayor are looking at other properties in the city held by the warehouse owners.


Mayor Nutter Blight Press Conference (credit: John McDevitt)

Mayor Nutter: Philadelphia ‘Sick And Tired Of Blight’

The city of Philadelphia has announced new initiatives to fight blight. Mayor Michael Nutter held a press conference in Port Richmond Monday afternoon to put all Philadelphia property owners on notice. 


(Office workers stand outside the Comcast Center following yesterday's 5.8 magnitude earthquake. Credit: Montgomery Maxton Photography)

Officials Say Philadelphia’s Buildings Are Built To Take A Quake

Fran Burns, the commissioner of Licenses and Inspections, says there are complex regulations in the city’s construction code regarding potential earthquakes.