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(At Children's Village, a pre-K facility on North 8th Street, Mayor Nutter is flanked by early education advocate Eva Gladstein and councilman Mark Squilla as he outlines his administration's program.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Philadelphia Officials Press For Universal Pre-K, Appeal For State Funding

“A Running Start Philadelphia” is a five-step plan to provide the services and programs needed to implement a pre-kindergarten system for every Philadelphia schoolchild.


(File photo by Ed Fischer)

Philadelphia’s Poverty Rate Declined in 2013, But Not By Much

Eva Gladstein, head of the city’s Office of Community Empowerment, says Philadelphia is the poorest of the nation’s ten biggest cities.


Benefits counselor Emily Mitchell (Credit: Pat Loeb)

One-Stop Shopping For Benefits For Low-Income Philadelphians

“BenePhilly” centers are a major piece of Philadelphia’s anti-poverty effort.


(City Council's Rules Committee votes to make changes to Philadelphia's four-month-old zoning code.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Modify City’s Brand-New Zoning Code, Over Objections of Authors

City Council’s Rules Committee, by a narrow 4-3 vote, approved changes to the zoning code proposed by 10th District councilman Brian O’Neill.


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Revamped Philadelphia Zoning Codes Take Effect

Today marks the first day that a top-to-bottom overhaul of Philadelphia’s antiquated zoning code takes effect. And city officials say every resident should be thrilled.


(Mayor Nutter signs the new zoning law, watched by Eva Gladstein, executive director of the Zoning Code Commission; city councilman Frank DiCicco, sponsor of the legislation; and Alan Greenberger, deputy mayor for planning.   Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter Signs Philadelphia’s New Zoning Code Into Law

With four words, “It is now law,” Mayor Nutter signed into law the city’s new zoning code, replacing one that dated back fifty years and was chock full of anachronisms and confusion.


(Philadelphia City Council chambers.  File photo)

Philadelphia’s Ancient Zoning Code Approved For Modernization

Lost in the frenzy of this past week’s final 2011 meeting of the City Council was what some consider a monumental achievement: the approval of a top-to-bottom modernization of Philadelphia’s antiquated zoning code.


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

Untouched For 50 Years, Philadelphia’s Zoning Code To Get An Overhaul

The current zoning code was written in the 1930’s and was last revised back in the early 1960’s.