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Revamped Philadelphia Zoning Codes Take Effect

Today marks the first day that a top-to-bottom overhaul of Philadelphia’s antiquated zoning code takes effect. And city officials say every resident should be thrilled.

08/22/2012

Council President Clarke with his colleagues in the caucus room, before passing a new city budget. (By Steve Tawa)

Philadelphia City Council Approves Budget, Delays AVI

The budget season is over at Philadelphia City Hall. City Council has passed a $3.6 billion budget, ending a tumultuous three-month stretch during which tough decisions were made on how to make ends meet.

06/29/2012

(File Photo Courtesy of Tony Hanson)

Controversy, Confusion Accompany City Property Tax Overhaul

Confusion reigns at Philadelphia City Hall as council and the Nutter Administration grapple over the already overdue budget as well as how to fix the property tax system.

06/05/2012

(credit: KYW's Mike Dunn)

Nutter Administration Developing Mobile App For Citizens To Report Quality Of Life Issues

There has been no formal announcement yet, but at a budget hearing, Nutter Administration officials revealed plans for a smartphone app tied to the city’s 3-1-1 non-emergency call center.

04/04/2012

(Philadelphia City Hall.  Credit: Timothy McLaughlin)

Nutter Proposes Hiring 16 Workers For Preventative Maintenance Of City Buildings

In the fine print of Mayor Nutter’s proposed budget is an idea whose time has belatedly come to Philadelphia City Hall: having workers do preventative maintenance on police and fire stations.

04/03/2012

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Nutter Unveils New Budget Plan; Possible Sticker Shock For Homeowners

Philadelphia property owners, residential and commercial, brace yourself: Mayor Nutter is unveiling a new budget while laying out a plan that will mean higher property taxes for many.

03/08/2012

(Philadelphia City Hall.  Credit: Timothy McLaughlin)

Philadelphia City Council Has Another Day Off, But That May End

City Council has Thursday off because of last Monday’s holiday, but that practice may soon end if new president Darrel Clarke has his way.

02/23/2012

(Credit: Steve Tawa)

Some Relics Related To Old Political Parties Found At City Hall

While she’s getting settled in as the new City Commissioners Chairwoman at Philadelphia City Hall, Stephanie Singer continues to unearth items from the past.

02/11/2012

(Dilworth Plaza, near 15th and Market Streets in center city Philadelphia, where renovation work has already begun.  Credit:  Mike Dunn)

High Above Dilworth Plaza, Ceremonial ‘Groundbreaking’ Held For Plaza’s Makeover

Two months after “Occupy Philadelphia” protesters were evicted from Dilworth Plaza, on the west side of City Hall, city officials gathered for the long-awaited groundbreaking of the plaza’s renovation.

01/30/2012

(Mayor Nutter signs the new zoning law, watched by Eva Gladstein, executive director of the Zoning Code Commission; city councilman Frank DiCicco, sponsor of the legislation; and Alan Greenberger, deputy mayor for planning.   Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter Signs Philadelphia’s New Zoning Code Into Law

With four words, “It is now law,” Mayor Nutter signed into law the city’s new zoning code, replacing one that dated back fifty years and was chock full of anachronisms and confusion.

12/22/2011

(Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Mummers Art Displayed On Philadelphia City Hall Walls

“This project celebrates the pageantry and spectacle that is Mummery. It is a celebration of art and artifacts inspired by the city’s great folk art tradition and this parade,” – Mayor Michael Nutter.

12/20/2011

file photo (credit: KYW's Tony Hanson)

Councilman Wants To Allow Advertising On City Owned Buildings, Including City Hall

The soon-to-be City Council President, Darrell Clarke, has proclaimed part of his agenda for the new year: bringing in big bucks by slapping advertisements on city-owned buildings, including rec centers and City Hall.

12/19/2011

(Dr. Donald Schwartz today in the mayor's reception room, announcing the resumption of a city-sponsored program to help smokers quit.  Credit:  Mike Dunn)

City of Philadelphia Renews Its Free Program To Help Smokers Quit

Here’s a gift you can give yourself for the holidays: quit smoking. And Philadelphia residents can get a free push in the right direction.

12/12/2011

(The mayor's office showed a graphic detailing where to walk -- and where NOT to walk -- during the renovations around City Hall.   Credit:  Paul Kurtz)

Mayor Nutter Outlines Safe Walking Route Around Dilworth Plaza Construction

The Nutter administration has developed a plan to help pedestrians get around Dilworth Plaza safely while construction workers spend the next 27 months renovating the area.

12/09/2011

(Pedestrians walk in a traffic lane along South Penn Square.  A sign instructs pedestrians not to cross to Dilworth Plaza, where the area is fenced off.   Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Officials Eyeing Safer Pedestrian Practices During Dilworth Plaza Rebuild

Even though the signs read “Sidewalk Closed,” some pedestrians used to cutting through the plaza are choosing to walk in the street along the southwest corner.

12/07/2011

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