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(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.)

2013 IN REVIEW: Building Collapse Prompts Changes in Philadelphia Laws

Within days of the collapse, Mayor Nutter announced new restrictions on how contractors in Philadelphia obtain demolition permits.

12/30/2013

(Philadelphia School District headquarters, at 440 North Broad Street.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

2013 IN REVIEW: Phila. School Funding at a Crossroads

City Council president Darrell Clarke got fellow lawmakers to agree to a plan that would recover money sent to the school district by selling some unused school buildings to developers.

12/27/2013

(Thousands of hopeful job applicants showed up at a May 17th job fair for ex-offenders.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

2013 IN REVIEW: New Programs, New Title For Philadelphia’s Ex-Offenders

On May 17th, a city-sponsored job fair for ex-offenders was abruptly canceled when thousands of applicants swarmed the Municipal Services Building.

12/25/2013

(Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter Noncommittal On City Council Plan To Change Way Water Rates Are Set

Mayor Michael Nutter says he’s not yet sure whether he’ll sign off on a City Council plan to change the way water rates are set in Philadelphia.

12/23/2013

Donna Cooper, executive director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth, delivers the results of their report card. (Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Education Advocates Give City Council, State Lawmakers Low Marks

City Council gets a C-minus. And the state legislature gets a “D” in a report card from a coalition of groups led by Public Citizens for Children and Youth.

12/20/2013

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, in file photo. (credit: CBS)

Controversial Plan To Allow Advertising On Philadelphia Schools Put On Hold

City Council closed its 2013 legislative session with one key matter unresolved: whether to allow advertising on public school properties — to benefit the cash-starved district.

12/16/2013

(Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter Vows To Sign Bill Aimed At Getting Vacant Properties Into Hands Of New Owners

After months of contentious negotiations, City Council approved — and Mayor Nutter plans to sign — a bill that creates what’s called a Land Bank.

12/16/2013

(Philadelphia city councilman David Oh.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Plan For ‘Resign To Run’ Referendum Question Gets Council OK

Councilman David Oh believes that since state lawmakers don’t have to resign to run for mayor, city elected officials shouldn’t have to, either.

12/14/2013

(Philadelphia City Council.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

Philadelphia Moves Toward Overhaul of City’s Main Business Tax

A City Council committee has okayed a major change in the city’s Business Income and Receipts Tax, but any final vote may not come for many months.

12/11/2013

(Philadelphia City Council, in file photo.  Credit: CBS3)

City Council Overrides Nutter Veto On Medical Office Zoning in NE Phila.

Mayor Nutter vetoed a bill that would require a zoning variance for any new medical offices in the northeast section of the city. But City Council quickly overrode the veto.

12/05/2013

(Philadelphia City Hall.  File photo by Timothy McLaughlin)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Compromise on City ‘Land Bank’ Plan

City Council members have reached what officials are calling an “historic” agreement to rein in a longstanding Philadelphia problem: how to dispose of tens of thousands of vacant properties and lots.

12/05/2013

(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.

12/03/2013

(Tracey Jordan, left, testifies before the Rules Committee of Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Wrestling With Expanding Problem of Auto Shops in Residential Areas

Tracey Jordan of Southwest Philadelphia (left) says auto shops are popping up all over that section of the city — on residential blocks.

12/03/2013

(A vacant lot on Delaware Avenue in South Philadelphia.  File photo)

Phila. Lawmakers Advance Measure To Give Cleanup Crews Access To Vacant Lots

City clean-up crews in Philadelphia may soon have the authority to clip the locks on fenced-in vacant lots that are left in disrepair.

11/27/2013

file photo (credit: Getty Images)

Nutter: Bill To Sell Parking Garage Under Love Park Not Moving Fast Enough

Mayor Nutter on Thursday transmitted to City Council a bill to sell the underground garage to a Chicago firm called InterPark for nearly $30 million. But the measure was never formally introduced, and Nutter’s spokesman Mark McDonald says that pushed the deal to next year.

11/23/2013

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