Since 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.
The advertising benches are typically cement and wood, and advertise everything from strip clubs to diners.
The 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.
The bill now goes to the mayor, who is expected to veto it and send it back to Council.
A new policy set in motion by PHA head Michael Kelly looks to battle homelessness and urban blight.
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.