Philadelphia City Council

File photo of Philadelphia City Council chambers. (Credit: Steve Tawa)

Study Examines The Good and Bad Of A Philadelphia City Council Tradition

A new study puts a long-standing and controversial Philadelphia City Council tradition under the microscope.

07/26/2015

(Billboards near 9th and Spring Garden Streets, in Philadelphia.  File photo by Ed Fischer)

Councilmembers Give Final OK to Revamp of City’s Billboard Regulations

It could lead to more digital billboards, though fewer outdoor signboards overall.

06/18/2015

Rendering of the inside of the Gallery Shopping Mall (Credit: Bellevue Communications)

Phila. City Council Finalizes Legislation To Allow Gallery Makeover

Councilman Mark Squilla, whose district includes the Gallery shopping mall, says final passage of the Gallery renovation measures was a long time coming.

06/18/2015

(Protesters rally outside Philadelphia City Council chambers, calling for a cable franchise renewal deal with Comcast that is more favorable to the city and its citizens.  Photo by Ian Bush)

Demonstrators Urge Council To Press For Better Franchise Renewal with Comcast

A couple of dozen protesters, in matching red T-shirts, stood outside Council chambers, some holding signs calling on Comcast to “pay (its) fair share.”

06/11/2015

(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

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

(A food truck vendor, a Temple official, and a city L&I official testify before Philadelphia City Council.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Temple Univ. Asks City Council To Help Rein In Food Truck Mayhem on Campus

The university is asking Council to create a “Temple Vending District,” ensuring that students have an opportunity to make purchases at the burgeoning food truck scene, but not to the point of choking off pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

06/08/2015

(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

(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

(Schools CFO Matt Stanski, superintendent William Hite, and SRC chair Marjorie Neff at a City Council budget hearing.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

School Officials Present Their Budgetary Wish List to Philadelphia City Council

They were getting a less-than-warm reception.

05/26/2015

(Helen Gym, a political activist for public schools, won one of five Democratic nominations for a City Council at-large seat.  Photo provided)

Some New Faces Win Democratic Nominations For Phila. City Council

Helen Gym, Allan Domb, and Derek Green edged out incumbents Ed Neilson and Wilson Goode Jr. for nominations. Kenyatta Johnson and Maria Quiñones-Sánchez survived district challenges.

05/19/2015

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