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(A man sells flowers and bottled water to passing motorists on Sixth Street, near Vine.  Photo by Ed Fischer)

City Council Eyeing More Regulation For Curbside Vendors in Philadelphia

City Council president Darrell Clarke calls them “entrepreneurs,” those folks who set up a folding table on a sidewalk to sell everything from handbags to CDs to incense.

10/14/2014

(Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, left, and Rebecca Swanson, of L&I, at a meeting of Council's "Streets and Services" Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. L&I Pushes Back Against Councilwoman’s Plan For Street Vending

The city’s Department of Licenses & Inspections says street vendor spots are assigned by a neutral lottery, not by a neighborhood group, and L&I would have no way to control what could be subsequent chaos.

10/06/2014

(Mayor Nutter discusses some of the recommendations of his blue ribbon panel report on the future of the Department of Licenses and Inspections in the wake of the fatal collapse of a building onto the Salvation Army Thrift Store at 22nd and Market Streets in July 2013.  Members of the panel stand with the mayor.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Panel’s Findings on Fatal Market Street Building Collapse Released

While the report contains about three dozen recommendations for the city to consider going forward, the largest is splitting up L&I’s functions and placing more emphasis on safety and accountability.

09/25/2014

(The demolition site at 2136 Market Street, taken by a concerned passerby the day before the deadly collapse.  The Salvation Army thrift store, in which six people were killed, is at far right.  Photo by Laura Mierson.)

Report Will Recommend Split-Up of Philadelphia’s L & I

Sources have confirmed that a task force report, created in the wake of last year’s fatal Market Street building collapse, recommends splitting Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses & Inspections into two separate entities.

09/19/2014

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Phila. Agrees To Better Compliance With State Gun Control Regulations

The settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia by gun-carry advocates will force police and other city officials to more strongly adhere to state law in a variety of gun-related matters.

07/22/2014

(Philadelphia L&I commissioner Carlton Williams and Mayor Nutter unveil an example of the new signage that will be required at construction sites in the city.   Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Unveils New Required Construction Site Signage

The new rule comes in the wake of last year’s building collapse on Market Street that killed six people.

07/17/2014

(The US courthouse in center city Philadelphia.  File photo by Tony Hanson)

Former Philadelphia L&I Official Charged With Fraud

Dominic Verdi is charged with using his position to extort additional sales for a beer distributorship he co-owned.

04/01/2014

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Ogontz House That Collapsed Had L&I, Tax Problems, City Official Says

Public records show property taxes on the house haven’t been paid since 2008. The property had been cited six times since 2007 by the city Department of Licenses & Inspections.

02/24/2014

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

Grand Jury: No Provable Criminality In 2012 Deaths of Two Phila. Firefighters

DA Seth Williams says that after an investigation that lasted nearly two years, the grand jury concluded it could not recommend criminal charges against anyone in this case.

02/03/2014

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Phila. L&I Cites Owner of Building in Weekend Fatal Fire Escape Collapse

A spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Department of L&I says the firm that owns the building at 2145 Locust Street has been cited for allowing an unsafe condition at the building.

01/13/2014

(Philadelphia city treasurer Nancy Winkler testifies at a City Council hearing about her daughter's death as Winkler's husband, Jay Bryan, listens.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Parents of Woman Killed In Center City Building Collapse Call For Tighter Regulation

Testifying was Nancy Winkler, the city treasurer, and her husband, whose daughter Anne and five others died last June when a building demolition at 22nd and Market Streets went awry.

11/18/2013

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