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Bad News in the Blight Wars: Judge Rules Against City’s Most Effective Anti-Blight Program

Philadelphia has a novel and seemingly highly effective anti-blight law on the books known as the Doors & Windows ordinance. The law empowers the City […]

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How Safe Are Tasers?

Around 2 a.m. on Monday morning, at Huntingdon Station on the Market-Frankford line, an as yet unidentified man and a SEPTA police officer got into a protracted […]

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Mayor Nutter Says It’s Time to Disband the School Reform Commission

(Editor’s note: This is a developing story that will be updated.) In a major education policy address, Mayor Nutter called today for the dissolution of the […]

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The Challengers: Indy Andrew Stober Isn’t Raging Against the Machine, He’s End-Running It

This week, Citified is featuring Q&As with leading at-large City Council candidates running for the two slots reserved for minority parties and independents. Andrew Stober is an […]

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You Don’t Drive? Doesn’t Matter: You’ll Still Pay at Least $1,100 a Year So Others Can

Owning a car is expensive. Turns out, not owning a car is expensive as well. The average U.S. household subsidizes car ownership to the tune of […]

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Temple Trustee: Yeah, We Want to Build That $100M Stadium

Good morning, Philadelphia, and happy Friday. Here’s what you need to know today: Temple University wants to build a $100 million, 35,000-capacity stadium at the […]

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The Politics of Fighting Media Exclusion

The much-criticized October cover of Philadelphia magazine — which features a photo of seven city public schoolchildren, none of whom are African-American — was the jumping-off point […]

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Philly Citizen to Award $10,000 to Randomly Selected Philly Voter

So … it’s come to this. The newly re-launched Philadelphia Citizen will pay $10,000 to a randomly selected Philadelphian who makes the herculean effort of spending […]

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Charles Ramsey and the All-Powerful Cabal of Top U.S. Cops

Writing for Politico Magazine, Simone Weichelsbaum reports on a tightly-knit, extraordinarily powerful band of big city police chiefs: It is no exaggeration to say that […]

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Independent Council Candidate Andrew Stober Endorsed by Nutter and Rendell

Independent at-large City Council candidate Andrew Stober’s unprecedented campaign got a big — if expected – boost today, in the form of endorsements from Mayor Michael […]

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Who Will Replace the Irreplaceable Charles Ramsey?

How do you replace someone like Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey? The man is far and away the most popular public official in Philadelphia, an exceptionally gifted communicator, […]

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Nutter: If You Want to Be Loved, Don’t Be Mayor

These are Mayor Michael Nutter’s final few months in office, but he’s not the only long-serving big city boss who’s stepping down. The mayors of […]

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Post-Pope, Frustrated Nutter Asks Philly: What Kind of City Do You Want to Be?

Mayor Michael Nutter has heard the critiques of last weekend’s Papal visit to Philadelphia — and he thinks they lay bare some disturbing qualities about the city he […]

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Mayor Nutter: Press “Scared the Shit Out of People” Over Pope Visit

Monday morning, at what mercifully looks to have been the final Pope press conference, I asked Mayor Michael Nutter a question. I’m paraphrasing, but it went […]

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It’s Shockingly Easy to Get Into Philly Right Now

Follow Philadelphia magazine’s live coverage of Pope Francis’s historic visit all weekend long. For months now, the unfortunate message has been that visiting Philly this […]