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(Mayor Nutter fields questions from reporters during a press conference outlining transit planning for the World Meeting of Families, in September.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Officials Expect Papal Visit to Overwhelm City’s Mass Transit

“Be prepared to walk” was the message from Mayor Nutter and other officials who spelled out transportation plans for the World Meeting of Families in September.

06/16/2015

(City Hall's north apron, looking west from East Penn Square toward 15th and JFK Boulevard.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Refurbishing Work Getting Underway on North Side of City Hall Apron

On the north apron of City Hall, fencing has been installed to prevent pedestrians from getting close to what is about to become a major work zone.

06/15/2015

(US Rep. Bob Brady, in 2014 file photo.  Credit: CBS 3)

Lots of Jockeying in Philadelphia as Special Election Nears to Fill Pa. House Seats

It will be a rare mid-summer special election, to fill three vacancies of Philadelphia seats in the state House.

06/12/2015

(Melissa Murray Bailey, in file photo by CBS3)

GOP Candidate For Phila. Mayor Wary of Proposed Expansion of PPA Duties

“I didn’t necessarily know that (parking enforcement officers) have a lot of extra time on their hands,” candidate Melissa Murray Bailey says. “And if they do have extra time on their hands, then we should be looking at how we’re allocating our resources.”

06/12/2015

(Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Airport Lease Gets Council OK and Workers Get a Raise

Included is a side deal that guarantees higher wages for baggage handlers and other employees of private contractors at PHL.

06/11/2015

(Councilman Bobby Henon speaks with reporters outside City Council chambers.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. Councilman Agrees To Delay Vote on Land Purchase for Future Prison

Sixth District councilman Bobby Henon, whose district includes the land that the city intends to buy, originally planned to call the measure up for a vote, but then changed his mind.

06/11/2015

(credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Plan Forcing City Stores To Charge Fee On Bags Given To Customers Withdrawn…For Now

The sponsor of a controversial City Council plan for a nickel fee on all plastic and paper bags says he’s tabling the idea — at least until the fall.

06/11/2015

School Superintendent William Hite, SRC member Bill Green and SRC Chairwoman Marjorie Neff waited as City Council prepared to vote on additional school funding. (credit: Mike Dunn)

City Council Okays School Bailout, But With $25-Million Catch

City Council on Wednesday gave initial approval to a school district bailout that falls short of what school officials wanted.

06/10/2015

(A panel testifies in favor of the development project of RAL Companies at 13 and Fairmount.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Redevelopment Project Adjacent to Divine Lorraine Hotel Gets Council OKs

The developer, RAL Companies, says the plans are preliminary, but their attorney (at right in photo) told the committee that whatever form the project takes, its impact will be tremendous.

06/09/2015

(Credit: Justin Udo)

City Council To Consider Mandatory Fire Escape Inspections Following Deadly Collapse Last Year

A deadly fire escape collapse in Center City 18 months ago has prompted a proposal in City Council to require building owners to have their fire escapes inspected every five years.

06/07/2015

(Philadelphia City Council chambers.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

Rejecting Mayor’s School Bailout, Council Eyes Hikes in Parking and Business Taxes

City Council opposes Mayor Nutter’s plan to raise property taxes by nearly ten percent, and seems headed for providing only $70-80 million of the requested $103 million.

06/04/2015

(Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite, in 2014 file photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. City Council Rules Out School District’s Full Cash Request

The lawmakers seem intent on trimming the school district’s $103-million request to about $80 million, but how they’ll raise even that amount is very unclear.

06/04/2015

(An artist's rendering of the new entrance to what is now the Gallery shopping mall, at 9th and Market Streets.  Image provided by PREIT)

City Council Initial Approval of Gallery Shopping Mall Remake Moves Forward

The plan includes a huge city tax break for the owner, worth $55 million.

06/03/2015

(An asphalt speed cushion.  Photo by Richard Drdul, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license, via Wikimedia)

Philadelphia Streets Will Begin Sprouting Speed-Control ‘Cushions’

Unlike traditional “speed bumps,” they are designed so that fire engines, first responders, and certain other wide-track vehicles won’t be affected by them.

06/02/2015

(The Airbnb.com web site, showing rentals available in Philadelphia.)

Phila. Lawmakers Move Toward Regulating, and Taxing, Airbnb Room Rentals

Rental of rooms or entire homes through web sites like Airbnb is currently illegal in Philadelphia, because the zoning code doesn’t allow it.

06/01/2015

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