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Will Philly’s Soda Tax Make Coca-Cola the Next Philip Morris?

In 1973, Arizona became the first state in America to restrict smoking in some public places. Four years later, Berkeley, Calif., became the first city in the […]


Council’s Resident Realtor Just Voted Against a Tax Hike on Real Estate Sales

A City Council committee voted 6-2 on Thursday to approve a small increase in the real estate transfer tax, which is levied when houses and other properties […]


Clarke Calls 3-Cent Soda Tax “Divisive,” Says It Won’t Pass

Some City Council members argue that a 15-cent tax on beverage containers is more fair than a three-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks because it would […]


Councilwoman Wants to Tax Containers Instead of Soda

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown will introduce a bill on Thursday levying a tax on beverage containers as an alternative to Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed soda […]


Helen Gym Calls for Investigation of School Police Use of Force

Councilwoman Helen Gym sent a letter on Tuesday to the School District and the School Reform Commission calling for an investigation of an incident at […]


The Ori Feibush V. Kenyatta Johnson Verdict Is In: Feibush Won

A jury determined on Wednesday that Councilman Kenyatta Johnson blocked the sale of two vacant lots in Point Breeze to developer Ori Feibush in an […]


Kenyatta Johnson Vs. Ori Feibush Starts Today. Here’s What You Need to Know

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect a correction. The city-owned properties in question have not been sold.  Jury selection starts this morning […]


There Might Be a Car-Free #OpenStreets Weekend This Fall

Philadelphia may have its first official “Open Streets” event early this fall. Mike Dunn, a spokesman for Mayor Jim Kenney, said the city is “planning […]


Op-Ed: Why Philly Should Expand the Property Tax Abatement

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from guest writer Allan Domb. Domb is a City Councilman as well as a longtime realtor and developer in […]


Insider: Allan Domb’s Truly Awful Idea

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.)  Many Philadelphians cheered real estate developer Allan Domb’s election to City Council last year. […]


City Council Holds Marathon Hearing on Youth Gun Violence

Cherie Ryans sat quietly in the back of City Council chambers this morning, propping up a poster with a black-and-white photo of her son. Terence Ryans […]


City Council Holding Hearing on Youth Gun Violence

City Council’s Committee on Public Safety is holding a hearing (PDF) this morning on youth gun violence prevention. Philly Mag’s David Gambacorta is at City […]


Officials: Philly’s Water Is Safe

Philadelphia’s water is safe, city officials said Monday at a Council committee hearing on lead poisoning. Water Department Commissioner Debra McCarty said that Philadelphia is not experiencing, […]

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Follow Live: Mayor Jim Kenney’s First Budget Address

Mayor Jim Kenney is making his much-anticipated first budget address this morning. You’ve heard about the soda tax proposal, the big plans for parks, pre-K, and […]

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LOCAL NEWS: Republican City Councilman Proposes Bill to Aid LGBT Small Businesses

Councilman David Oh proposed a bill that will consider LGBT companies as another category of disadvantaged business enterprises to help give them a better shot […]