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Licenses & Inspections

the gate to Avram Hornik's Rittenhouse Square pop-up bar Walnut Garden, which the city shut down on Wednesday for numerous violations
City Life

City Shuts Down Avram Hornik’s Rittenhouse Pop-Up Bar

Check phillymag.com each morning Monday through Thursday for the latest edition of Philly Today. And if you have a news tip for our hardworking Philly […]

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City Life

Can a Sex Shop Just Open In Your Neighborhood Without Permission?

Northern Liberties has a lot going for it: great restaurants, beautiful houses, cool boutiques. And, well, a Target. One thing Northern Liberties does not currently […]

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City Life

City Shuts Down Major Philly Fringe Festival Venue Over “Serious Safety Violations”

Update: On Thursday evening, Fringe Festival organizers stated that the South Philly venue for Late Night Snacks is again operational and that “all future Late […]

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City Life

City Orders Shutdown of Scrapyard Where Massive Fire Burned

The junkyard where a massive, four-alarm fire broke out on the Kensington/Port Richmond border earlier this month has been ordered to close by the city. […]

City Life

The Death of Old City’s Horse-Drawn Carriage Business

The familiar sound of hooves on cobblestones may no longer stand as an enduring hallmark of Old City in tomorrow’s Philadelphia, and while I’m feeling like […]


Scofflaw Developers Continue to Build on City-Owned Land

If you want to acquire city-owned land for your development, you should have all your permitting, licensing and tax-compliance ducks in a row. At least, […]


Toll Now Plans 23-Story Tower for Jewelers Row

Time has run out for Toll Brothers’ permit applications to build a 29-story condo tower with ground-floor retail in the heart of Jewelers Row. Or […]

City Life

NA Poe Pot Party Building Is a “Death Trap,” Says City

Gideon Rettich is a master woodworker in Philadelphia, but he’s not going to be able to get into his studio for a while. You see, […]

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Philly to Crack Down on Use of Vacant Buildings in Wake of Oakland Tragedy

Philadelphia officials are planning to crack down on illegal “pop-up” nightclubs and parties in vacant properties in the wake of a deadly fire that left […]

City Life

Jury Selection for Salvation Army Collapse Trial to Begin Today

Starting this morning, a judge and teams of lawyers will begin to winnow a pool of potential jurors in the Salvation Army building collapse case. […]

City Life

Feds Charge Former Philadelphia L&I Employee With Attempted Extortion

The United States Attorney’s Office charged former Philadelphia Licenses & Inspections employee John Wright with attempted extortion on Monday.

City Life

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 […]


City Orders 2122 Locust Facade Be Saved

The Department of Licenses and Inspections has ordered the owner of 2122 Locust Street to preserve the facade of the building when demolition takes place. […]


Can This New Plan Finally Fix Philly’s Decrepit Sidewalks?

[Updated 6:50 p.m.] Philadelphia might be ranked the fourth most-walkable city in the country, but the on-the-ground reality for pedestrians in many neighborhoods suggests otherwise: […]

City Life

Police: Watch Out for Fraudster Claiming City Must Demolish Your House

A man posing as a city inspector has falsely informed residents in three separate locations that their properties were scheduled for demolition, police said Friday. The suspect, […]