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Philadelphia City Council Rescinds New Billboard Law After PennDOT Pushback The recall comes after the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that it is revoking the city's ability to regulate billboards along major Philadelphia roadways.
PennDOT Imposing Oversight for Billboards Near Philadelphia's Interstate HighwaysSince the 1970s, Penndot has allowed Philadelphia's mayor and City Council to regulate billboards along state highways, but Penndot officials now fear that federal highway dollars are at risk without their direct oversight.
Philadelphia Prepares To Remove Illegal Advertising Benches CitywideThe advertising benches are typically cement and wood, and advertise everything from strip clubs to diners.
With Death of Firefighters, Philadelphia's Blight Becomes More Urgent IssueThe Thomas Buck building, where the fire that killed two firefighters on Monday started, is just one of about 25,000 vacant properties in Philadelphia that create safety hazards in neighborhoods.
Philadelphia Lawmakers OK Massive Billboard Despite Federal Funds WarningThe bill now goes to the mayor, who is expected to veto it and send it back to Council.
Small Change In Policy Could Have Big Impact For Philadelphia HomelessA new policy set in motion by PHA head Michael Kelly looks to battle homelessness and urban blight.
Is PHA's Greene Controversy Distracting Agency From Work?A group fighting urban blight wants to have a meeting with the Philadelphia Housing Authority to determine whether the Carl Greene controversy has been a distraction in tending to boarded-up, vacant homes under PHA control.
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