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What Philadelphia mayoral candidates say about gentrification

As wealth and population flowed back to urban centers at the turn of the millennium, Philly was a center of the new growth.

  • Gentrification followed. Median incomes and property values grew in neighborhoods that had seen years of disinvestment. But the change also priced out many longtime residents.

Can there be development without displacement? Billy Penn posed the question to the candidates for Philly mayor. Here’s what they said.

Credit: Mark Henninger / Imagic Digital

Philly development projects you’ll hear a lot about in 2023

Parkland, apartments, office towers — it’s all happening in Philadelphia.

  • Both public and private sectors are bouncing back from the pandemic slowdown. Across the city, construction is breaking ground and real estate groups are announcing big new plans.

Jordan Levy has a look at nine big Philly projects we’ll be hearing a lot about in the year to come.

A roundup of projects you’ll be hearing about in Philly this year

RECAP: What else happened?

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  • The founder of Philly Fighting COVID, contracted to run the city’s vaccine program before collapsing in scandal, is now suing Drexel. Among Andrei Doroshin’s claims: the school expelled him without due process. Catch up with our podcast on the saga, Half Vaxxed. [Billy Penn/WHYY/NPR]
  • PHL Airport was still a mess yesterday, as Southwest Air canceled 88% of its flights to or from Philadelphia but tons of luggage kept arriving. [6ABC]
  • New School Board President Reginald Streater experienced homelessness growing up, had a winding path to becoming a lawyer, and now has two kids in Philly public schools. [@RLStreaterEsq/Inquirer$]
  • A Christmas Eve fire at the historic Carpenters Hall in Old City is being investigated as an arson. Federal investigators are seeking tips. [6ABC/NPS]
  • After 13 years, James Cuorato is stepping down as head of the Independence Visitors Center. [WHYY]
  • A food hall is coming to Schuylkill Yards in University City. Set to open next fall, it’ll be run by NY-based Urbanspace and have at least 16 vendors. [PhillyVoice]


Nothing on Mayor Kenney’s public schedule today. On social media he posted a city “year in review” that recaps initiatives launched or continued in 2022.


? Looking to fuel up in advance of NYE partying? A King’s Cafe in Germantown hosts an all-you-can-eat buffet brunch for $40 per person. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31)

? Beat the January blues with a comedy show in the middle of Philadelphia as City Winery hosts a standup night called “Loft Party.” Advance tix are $10. (7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5)