City Council To Consider Mandatory Fire Escape Inspections Following Deadly Collapse Last YearA deadly fire escape collapse in Center City 18 months ago has prompted a proposal in City Council to require building owners to have their fire escapes inspected every five years.
Rejecting Mayor's School Bailout, Council Eyes Hikes in Parking and Business TaxesCity 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.
Phila. City Council Rules Out School District's Full Cash RequestThe 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.
City Council Initial Approval of Gallery Shopping Mall Remake Moves ForwardThe plan includes a huge city tax break for the owner, worth $55 million.
Philadelphia Streets Will Begin Sprouting Speed-Control 'Cushions'Unlike traditional "speed bumps," they are designed so that fire engines, first responders, and certain other wide-track vehicles won't be affected by them.
Phila. Lawmakers Move Toward Regulating, and Taxing, Airbnb Room RentalsRental of rooms or entire homes through web sites like Airbnb is currently illegal in Philadelphia, because the zoning code doesn't allow it.
Kenney, Anticipating Likely November Victory, Begins Work on HiringKenney says he's not taking a victory in the mayoral race for granted, but he does plan to meet with Mayor Nutter shortly about personnel.
Education Advocate Marciene Mattleman Honored For Decades of Service in Phila.Mattleman is retiring next month. She has been a tireless worker for literacy in Philadelphia and her education commentaries have aired for years on KYW Newsradio 1060.
Developer Plans Apartments at Superfresh Site, Vows to Work with NeighborsResidents of the city's Society Hill neighborhood are worried that they could lose the area's only full-sized supermarket. But a developer who plans to buy the site says he would like to include a grocery store in the project.
Democratic Mayoral Nominee Kenney Embracing Some Nutter InitiativesHe fully admits there are a handful that he plans to continue.
After Primary Defeat, Goode Refuses To Fault Ward Leader PoliticsWilson Goode, Jr. failed to earn a Democratic nomination to run for re-election, and he fully admits that his defeat is due mainly to not playing the political game.
Philadelphia, Temple U. Officials Want Assigned Spaces For Food Truck VendorsCity officials are moving ahead with a plan developed by Temple University to assign specific locations to the many food trucks and vendors who feed thousands of Temple students each day.
Amid Controversy, Nutter Insists He Has No Plans to Build New PrisonControversy is growing over Mayor Nutter's plan to purchase land in the Northeast, potentially for a new prison. In the face of that, he seems to be trying to distance himself from the idea of a new jail house.
Council At-Large Primary Winner Skirts Questions Of A DealThis past Tuesday's primary battle for City Council at-large nominations ended with a relatively new name --Derek Green -- as the top vote-getter.
Council Hungry For Alternatives to Mayor's Proposed Property Tax HikeMayor Nutter's plan to hike property taxes 9% for more school funding continues to draw skepticism from City Council members.