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What to do about rising rents in Philly

Over half of Philadelphia renters are “cost-burdened,” per a recent Pew study, which means they spend more than 30% of their income on housing.

  • Median Philly rent in 2020 was about $1,030, lower than many other big U.S. cities. But by January of this year, the median price had risen 11%, according to Realtor.com.

The Inquirer put together a guide to finding affordable alternatives, including a search toolHUD resourcesPHA voucher info, and the United Way’s 211 line.

How much does it cost to attend college in Philadelphia?

The University of Pennsylvania, ranked 10th most expensive in the nation, just approved a 2.9% tuition, boosting annual student costs over $80,000.

  • That’s tops in Philly, but some other colleges come close. None of them pay property taxes despite large endowments, which means city services like the school district miss out on a potential windfall.

How much do students pay for the various colleges in this region? Jordan Levy compiled a list with the latest tuition, room, board, and financial aid stats.

RECAP: What else happened?

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Kenney is out of town this week, traveling internationally on a personal trip, per his office.


? Billy Penn event: Join us for news and history trivia about the city you love! Our monthly Philly Quizzo night is back at Jose Pistola’s in Center City. Free RSVP, happy hour specials, win a $50 gift card if you get the top score. Don’t miss the bonus music trivia round. (6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23)

♻️ Brainstorm solutions to Philly’s trash and recycling crisis at Weavers Way Co-op’s virtual meeting with former Philly Recycling Coordinator Maurice Sampson. Free RSVP. (6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 17)

? The old Dollar Tree at Front and Girard gets crafty at the N+T Blooming Buds Pop-Up, featuring stands from local artists, artisans, makers, and other vendors. (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 19)