The inclusionary zoning bill making its way through City Council will either stimulate affordable housing in Philadelphia or stifle development so much that nothing new will get built, let alone affordable housing. At least, that’s how it sounded at a recent hearing, where proponents and opponents presented views on both extremes for four hours before Council’s Rules Committee delayed its decision on the bill until at least its next meeting on Dec. 5. It’s the most contentious bill the city has seen since the soda tax. Where do the most prominent stakeholders stand and why?
Jeff Brydzinski, who long held planning duties for the lights on this well-known Rittenhouse block, moved away from the neighborhood two years ago. Questions loomed of who would take over and weeks went by without any volunteers. Soon the lights started fading away on the street. But now they're brighter than ever. Here's how the street banded together to keep the tradition alive.
Does your morning commute take you along Columbus Boulevard? If so, you're in luck (and if not, you might want to make a detour). Shank's Pier 40 has just launched early weekday hours and a whole new breakfast menu. That means pork roll and other loaded egg-and-cheese sandwiches, but also a special side dish: scrapple fries. Here's more on the new a.m. deals.
It seems like the year in politics has been about a decade long, so it may come as a surprise to know that it was only one year ago today that Green Party candidate Jill Stein tried to screech the 2016 presidential election to a halt by filing for a recount in Pennsylvania. Stein had raised millions of dollars to see the PA recount through, and while it took months to finally fizzle out, late November 2016 was all about the recount. Here's a look back at what went down 365 very long days ago.
Starting this week and running through the end of the year, Thursdays in Old City are now "Historic Holiday Nights." That means more than 50 boutiques, shops, art galleries, museums, restaurants and cafes will offer special sales, discounts, promotions, seasonal cocktails, added menu items, events and extended hours. Expect carolers and a tree lighting on the series' first night.
Where: Old City District at Old City Philadelphia
When: November 30, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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The Eagles defense is allowing just 65 yards per game on the ground this season, the best mark in the league and what could become one of the best run defenses in the last 50 years if they keep this up for the last month of the season. Overall, the Eagles have one of the top defensive units in the entire NFL, and a lot of that has to do with making early stops, scoring early points and playing with a lead. Carson Wentz very well may win MVP this season, but we took a look at why the Eagles defense is just as valuable.
Philadelphia's archives are on the move. Drexel University needs the space back it's been leasing to the city, so the records will get a new home at Fifth and Spring Garden. This includes everything from the criminal record of a Grays Ferry man arrested in 1899 for the possession of margarine to documentation of the basic daily activities of the city. Meet the guy responsible for overseeing the move and find out what to expect from the new public archives office.