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Shop Your Property Taxes Away

On a sidewalk bench in Haddonfield, across Kings Highway from the Bistro, two frosty-haired high-heeled ladies are locked in perpetual conversation. Cast in bronze — […]

Property

The Divine Lorraine, Reborn

Maybe it’s the ornate arrangement of windows and balconies. Or the neon sign that loomed dark for 15 years. Or the courtyard that splits the […]

Business

How Philly-Based Five Below Became a Billion-Dollar Company

Twenty minutes to go until a brand-new Five Below is scheduled to open its doors, and the line is already 30 people deep. It’s a […]

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Toomey Backs Sessions for Attorney General, Despite Protests

The Tuesday-afternoon crowd outside Republican Senator Pat Toomey’s office in Center City is growing by the week. Since the election, when Toomey beat Democratic challenger […]

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D.A. Candidate Donates $250,000 to Own Campaign, Triggering “Millionaire’s Provision”

On Monday, the Philadelphia Board of Ethics announced that Michael Untermeyer, one of five candidates hoping to unseat Seth Williams as district attorney later this […]

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How Did Philly Urbanists Do in 2016?

There was a time, not so long ago, when getting on the subway or the bus in Philadelphia was frequently an ordeal. What would you […]

Business

State Rejects Philly’s Bid to Expand Tax-Free Zones to Logan Triangle, West Philly

Over the summer, as the dust began to settle on another Pennsylvania budget negotiation, officials in Philadelphia’s Commerce Department realized that the state had opened […]

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Why Do Philly Socialists See an Opportunity in the Age of Trump?

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I left work on a recent Thursday and walked a few blocks to the First Unitarian Church […]

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Sidewalk Safety, Salary Secrecy Bills Help Close Out City Council’s 2016

City Council wrapped up its fall session on Thursday in much quieter fashion than the spring, when Council members were debating details of Mayor Jim […]

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Is This Bizarre Video Featuring Kurt Vile and Connor Barwin … Art?

I just watched this video, in which Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Connor Barwin and Philadelphia guitar-rock master Kurt Vile advertise Vile’s New Year’s Eve show at the […]

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Philly Developers ‘Terrified,’ ‘Intrigued’ to Have One of Their Own As President

Real estate developers tend to have a funny relationship to politics. On the one hand, they often flood local elections with campaign donations and relentlessly […]

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Council Members Push to Protect More of Philly’s Historic Architecture

A bill introduced in City Council on Thursday morning could end up nearly doubling the budget of the Philadelphia Historical Commission, a small department charged […]

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Philly Jewish Group Calls for Opposition to Trump Stategist Steve Bannon

A group of young Jews marched through Center City Tuesday afternoon, calling on Republican Senator Pat Toomey and the Philadelphia chapter of the Jewish Federation […]

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Can Philly Fix the Block It Razed, Then Shabbily Rebuilt, After MOVE Bombing?

There’s no historical marker at 6221 Osage Avenue to tell the casual passersby what happened here in 1985 — that the Philadelphia Police Department dropped […]

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SEPTA Union Prez Worried Members May Reject Contract That Ended Strike

Willie Brown, the president of the SEPTA workers union that went on strike earlier this month, is worried his members may not approve the contract that brought […]