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For Pete’s Sake Closed by Roof Collapse

For Pete’s Sake had been in the midst of an expansion recently. The bar at Front and Christian had been working to expand to a second […]


Morning Headlines: Roof Collapses At For Pete’s Sake Pub Building

Nobody was hurt, but that was a close one! The building that houses For Pete’s Sake Pub in Queen Village partially collapsed yesterday around 3:30pm. […]


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 […]

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Controller: City Demolitions Still Unsafe

The Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections’ demolition oversight procedures are still unsafe, City Controller Alan Butkovitz reported Thursday, a year after the deadly Salvation […]


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. […]


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 […]

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Former L&I Official Dominic Verdi Charged With Extortion By Feds

The writing has been on the wall for a long, long time for former L&I Deputy Commissioner Dominic Verdi, who resigned way back in February […]

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PHOTOS: Shirt Corner Collapse Part of a Controlled Demolition

[This post was updated at 5:30 p.m. to reflect new information from a 4 p.m. L&I press conference] The aftermath of the collapse at the […]


City Shuts Down Decade-Old Philly Music Venue for WXPN Set

When you think of a DIY music venue, you probably think of a warehouse in Kensington where people with cool glasses, beards, tattoos and piercings […]


Midday Headlines: City Takes Scientology to Blight Court

The Daily News’ Jason Nark reports today that L&I is taking the Church of Scientology to Blight Court for allowing the building it purchased at […]

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Photos: This South Philly House Looks Like It’s About To Collapse

While driving through South Philadelphia on Monday — the same day that contractor Griffin Campbell was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in the tragic […]

Philadelphia Building Collapse
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Sympathy for L&I

On October 30th, Mayor Nutter announced the creation of a blue-ribbon commission to examine the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) in a never-ending reaction […]

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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 […]

West Philly Building Collapse
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Building Collapses in West Philly

A home in the Cedar Park section of West Philadelphia collapsed Monday night. A neighbor, who said he’d  called 911 about the property, explained that […]


L&I Shuts Down Rosewood After 22nd and Market Building Collapse

Last night, the Department of Licenses & Inspections visited Rosewood, the new upscale extension of 13th Street’s Woody’s Bar.