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The Best Thing That Happened This Week: The Great Clothing-Bin Crackdown

News

City Waging War on Nuisance Clothing Collection Bins

At noon Tuesday, Mayor Jim Kenney, Licenses and Inspections Commissioner David Perri and several other city officials met at Nicetown Court Apartments to discuss a big, intrusive, unsightly […]

Citified

Fix It: The Old, Forgotten Police Barricades Littering Philly Streets

Look, we’re Philadelphians, so we get it: Messy sidewalks are just another part of daily life, like paying taxes or cleaning up dog crap. Would […]

Citified

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 […]

Property

Penn Study Finds Fixing Up Abandoned Buildings Makes Neighborhoods Safer

Forgive the sardonic tone, but really? I mean, it’s great we’ve got the proof now should someone be spectacularly dense enough to disagree, but – […]

Citified

Inside Take: How City Hall Makes Blight Worse

(This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.) This could prove to be a seminal year in Philadelphia’s seemingly intractable fight against blight. The launch […]

Citified

Land Bank Defeatism Solves Nothing

[Editor’s Note: This story was first published on the blog of Progressive Philly Rising. It’s reprinted here in full with permission from the author. It’s […]

Property

Morning Headlines: An Update to PDQ’s Tax Delinquent Property Spreadsheet

Christopher Sawyer, the anti-blight crusader behind Philadelinquency, announced yesterday that his tax delinquency database is now current as of August 1. The database is an addictive […]

Property

City Finally Dismantles Boarded Up Frankford Home

It’s not even city-owned blight, which begs the question…if it had it been, how much longer would it have taken? After almost a year of […]

Property

Divine Lorraine Reborn: Is This Really Happening?

Familiar with this kind of thing? “Smack in the middle of downtown Philadelphia’s busy Broad Street sits the towering Divine Lorraine. When night falls and […]

Property

Midday Headlines: Why City-Owned Blight Is So Hard to Get Rid Of

The city still festers with zombie properties, many of which have the label “imminently dangerous.” But we already know this, know the age-old adage of […]

Property

Morning Headlines: Philadelphia’s War Against Blight Continues

Two days into 2014 we wondered if plans to relieve Philadelphia of abandoned properties would yield significant changes. Now, only a month later, it appears […]