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A new community partnership will help distribute $5 million worth of capital to underserved borrowers in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, with the goal of creating a resident-led revitalization effort.
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Cherri Gregg
March 25, 2019 - 6:07 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A new community partnership will help distribute $5 million worth of capital to underserved borrowers in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, with the goal of creating a resident-led revitalization effort. Where many see blight in Kensington, the Kensington Lending...
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Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown has withdrawn as a co-sponsor of the bill to reduce the sweetened beverage tax.
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Pat Loeb
March 21, 2019 - 5:29 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia City Council passed a resolution to study the impact of the soda tax Thursday, but not before heated debate among council members as the tax remains a volatile subject in council. While several soda tax supporters said they were voting for the study...
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Various bottles of soda are displayed in a cooler.
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Pat Loeb
March 14, 2019 - 3:14 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — City Council received a bill Thursday that would change the sweetened beverage tax. The bill's sponsors are soda tax opponents, so it's assumed the bill would reduce or phase out the tax — but the bill doesn't specify how the tax would change. The prime sponsor of the...
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Philadelphia City Hall.
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Pat Loeb
March 01, 2019 - 10:56 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Developers could speed up the permitting process for projects in Philadelphia, but they'd pay a hefty price. It's the idea behind overnight shipping: faster service for a higher fee. But can it work for Philadelphia's Department of Licenses and Inspections? A bill...
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Dreamstime
Pat Loeb
February 05, 2019 - 4:00 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A City Council committee has advanced a bill that would require all businesses in Philadelphia to accept cash. The bill was introduced as an anti-discrimination measure after a couple of chain restaurants announced a credit card-only policy. Kenney administration...
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Philadelphia City Hall.
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Pat Loeb
January 24, 2019 - 7:15 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia City Council returns from a month-long break on Thursday. They will be asked to look at neighborhood development. Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez plans to introduce two bills. One would reform the land bank that she helped create, with high hopes, in...
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Funders and officials of Project HOME gathered in Kensington Tuesday for what was supposed to be the start of construction on the long-planned and desperately needed housing for people recovering from addiction. 
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Pat Loeb
January 15, 2019 - 5:01 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Funders and officials of Project HOME gathered in Kensington Tuesday for what was supposed to be the start of construction on the long-planned and desperately needed housing for people recovering from addiction. There was just one glitch: the government shutdown. The...
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District Attorney Larry Krasner explains the results of a nine-month-long investigation that linked 57 people to a major drug organization they say was suffocating a large chunk of the Kensington neighborhood.
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Kristen Johanson
October 04, 2018 - 3:44 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — After an extensive nine-month-long investigation, Philadelphia investigators have announced charges against 57 people linked to a major drug organization they say was suffocating a large chunk of the Kensington neighborhood. Investigators say German Alameda, along...
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Pat Loeb
September 26, 2018 - 7:18 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A City Council committee has approved new affordable housing legislation, this time with no new taxes. Council has been trying for more than a year to create a way to keep low-income homeowners in neighborhoods that are changing, either through neglect or the opposite...
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Pat Loeb
September 24, 2018 - 6:41 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The annual ceremony of the raising of the Puerto Rican flag at Philadelphia City Hall seemed more somber than festive Monday, as the aftermath of Hurricane Maria still looms over the island a year later. The flag-raising featured the usual pomp and ceremony, but this...
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