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Girl Killed by Security Door at Water Ice Store

A 3-year-old girl was killed Saturday when the security gate crashed on her at the Rita’s water ice store in the 2800 block of Girard. […]

Property

Morning Headlines: Deteriorating Stone Wall in East Falls Costs Locals

Picture this: the 85-year-old retaining wall that divides your yard from the back street’s common driveway starts deteriorating. The damage extends for two blocks, and […]

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Property

“There Are Going to Be Some Legal Issues”

The former HOOPS Deli & Market at 42nd and Chester had a side wall collapse yesterday morning, and is now being torn down entirely. The […]

News

Yet Another Rowhome in Philadelphia Collapses; Owner Had Racked Up L&I Violations

The Daily News’ William Bender is back on the house collapse beat in Tuesday’s Daily News, reporting on a house collapse at 61st Street and […]

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Property

L&I Says Rowhome Collapse That Caused Injuries “Is Not a Big Deal”

Around 10:40 this morning, a large chunk of an imminently dangerous building on West Diamond Street fell on top of two workers for Gama Wrecking. […]

Property

Morning Headlines: L&I Officials Request $2 Million From City Council

City-owned blight may be the hardest to get rid of, but in the meantime Licenses and Inspections has been making an effort where it can. […]

Property

Morning Headlines: L&I and Shirt Corner Owner Had Prepared for Possible Collapse

A 40-foot wall that careened down while JPC Group workers carried out the Shirt Corner’s assigned demolition caused the site’s partial premature collapse on Thursday. […]

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News

L&I Cannot Count High Enough to Tally How Many Buildings Have Collapsed in Philadelphia

Fun story in today’s Daily News from William Bender: The Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections literally has no idea how many buildings have collapsed […]

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 […]

Property

Danger of Imminently Dangerous House Couldn’t Have Been That Imminent

Check out the photos of 1402 Ellsworth Street, which is the kind of house Philly residents walk by all the time and don’t even notice […]

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Property

Morning Headlines: L&I Has Heard Rumors of Vacant Properties

Sometimes it’s endearing when very smart people have gaps in basic knowledge. Let’s say, for instance, that a MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient still has a […]

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Property

Lawyer for Ousted Penn State Prez Graham Spanier Will Lead Investigation Into L&I

Well, this is odd. Yesterday Mayor Nutter finally announced the creation of a 16-member panel that will evaluate the Department of Licenses and Inspections, and […]

Property

Mayor Nutter on Building Collapse: Oh, All Right, I’ll Appoint a Commission Already

The mayor finally got the message: The citizens of Philadelphia — and a member of his own administration who lost his daughter in the Salvation […]

Property

Morning Headlines: Controller’s Office Calls L&I “Evasive”

Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections delivered a three-page document and a reference to a 3,000-page report to the Controller’s Office in response to a […]

Property

Dispatch: Could This Code Enforcement Strategy Work in Philadelphia?

Credit: Tim Kiser via Wikimedia Commons Next City is hosting a live blog of the 2013 Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference, now ongoing in Philadelphia. This is one […]