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(Philadelphia School District headquarters.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Officials Scrambling as School District Real Estate Sell-off Falters

At a Council hearing this morning, school district COO Fran Burns said seven of the 27 buildings have buyers, and the rest are not likely to bring in as much as had been hoped.


(Philadelphia schools COO Fran Burns testifies at a City Council hearing on advertising in public schools.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmakers Move Toward Allowing Advertising on School Buses and Buildings

Philadelphia school district chief operating officer Fran Burns told Council’s Rules Committee that passage of the bill doesn’t guarantee that the district will follow through on putting ads in schools.


(Former L&I commissioner Bennett Levin testifies at a City Council hearing on the Market Street building collapse.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Council, Probing Deadly Center City Demolition Collapse, Hears From L&I Alums

Two former heads of Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections offered differing views on whether L&I has lost sight of public safety.


(A confiscation sign is placed on a newspaper honor box because of graffiti. Credit: John McDevitt)

Hundreds of Philadelphia Newspaper Honor Boxes Labeled For Confiscation

Graffiti and the overall condition the metal boxes are the reasons the city has posted orange confiscation notices on hundreds of honor boxes in Old City and Center City, which follow code 9-211 of the Philadelphia code.


(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.


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Officials Address Blight With Germantown Residents

Philadelphia’s licenses and inspections commissioner, during a tour of a Germantown neighborhood, assured some frustrated homeowners that the city was dealing with ‘nuisance’ properties that bring the whole block down.