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278-unit project is latest in Kensington development boom

The project brings four buildings to the site

Philly’s median rent, home values, both increased in 2019

Meanwhile, the number of homes on the market fell

City program will offer $10K assistance to first-time homebuyers

The program is for Philadelphia residents exclusively, and aims to combat rising house costs.

Philly architects win AIA award for ‘tiny tower’ design

It’s designed like a mini skyscraper—at only 38 feet tall

What to know about Mayor Kenney’s $5 billion budget proposal

From street sweeping to money for affordable housing measures

City Council introducing bills to expand protections for low-income residents

Following a report on poverty in Philly

Open Thread: What do you think of Kensington’s development growth?

Tell us in the comments

The top Curbed Philly longreads of 2018

We delved into the history and rebirth of Philly spaces—and the people behind them

Curbed Philly’s 7 most talked-about news stories of 2018

From the most controversial to the ones that made the biggest impact

Council proposes extending tax break program to more homeowners

Another amendment to LOOP

Council unanimously passes ‘good cause’ bill after emotionally charged meeting

The bill requires landlords to have a good cause before evicting tenants

Council members introduce bill to offer property tax freeze to more seniors

Couples making under $35,500 would be eligible

Mayor, council, strike compromise on affordable housing proposal

The construction tax bill has been replaced with a plan to bring $70 million in for affordable housing.

The construction tax bill, explained

The mayor has suggested an alternative to the bill, but has not vetoed it.

Affordable housing project breaks ground at former Norris homes

The third phase of the $30 million project near Temple brings affordable rental homes to North Central Philly.

City task force suggests ways to combat eviction crisis

The task force came up with 17 suggestions on how to bring down the high rate of evictions in Philly.

Controversial construction tax bill passes council

The bill narrowly passed following public comment both opposing and supporting it Thursday.

After deadly blaze, council members suggest changes to fire code

The bill was introduced at a meeting Thursday

Plan for luxury Rittenhouse tower gets CDR approval

Details of the project were revealed at the meeting

Philly receives $33M to help the homeless

The federal government just awarded a record $2 billion to homeless assistance programs across the country, and Philly received $33 million of it that will go toward nearly 100 local programs.

Tioga Family Center turns empty lot into affordable housing for single parents and families

The four-story building is an atypical affordable housing project in more ways than one, aiming to help stabilize single moms and their families all in one place.

Did that WSJ article on Philly’s housing market get it right?

The article put Philly’s affordable housing crisis in the spotlight and reactions were swift.

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Mapping South Broad Street’s development projects

There are nearly a dozen multi-million dollar development projects in the works for South Broad Street in Philly, ranging from high-rise hotels to luxury apartment buildings to condo towers.

Pennsylvania’s first LGBTQ housing for young adults breaks ground in North Philly

After getting off to a complicated, rocky start, construction has officially begun on the first LGBTQ housing project of its kind in Pennsylvania, the Gloria Casarez Residence in North Philly.

Mixed-income housing bill takes next step forward

The proposed proposed mixed-income housing bill, which would require developers to include affordable housing in their larger projects, took a step forward and is now in the hands of City Council.

Residential projects in Sharswood, West Philly, Kensington receive design approval

Three big residential projects got the green light from the city’s design committee, collectively pushing 253 units forward at the Civic Design Review’s last meeting of the year.

Committee delays vote on mixed-income housing bill

After Monday’s public hearing that stretched more than five hours, City Council’s committee on rules decided to delay a public meeting and vote on the proposed mixed-income housing bill until Tuesday, December 5.

Philly’s proposed mixed-income housing bill, explained [Update]

A new bill would require developers to include affordable housing in projects of a certain size. Here’s a breakdown of the bill ahead of the public hearing.

Spring Garden School reopens as affordable housing for veterans

The abandoned school is now The Lural Lee Blevins Veterans Center, a home for formerly homeless veterans and individuals.

Philly wants to tackle its housing crisis with the PHL Participatory Design Lab

The design lab is the city’s latest effort to improve the experiences of its residents when interacting with the city’s services. It will first zero in on the Office of Homeless Services and the Department of Revenue.

38 affordable rentals coming to Hunting Park’s Roberto Clemente Middle School

Construction on the $17M adaptive reuse project is underway at the blighted school that has been closed for a decade. Here’s what to expect when it reopens in 2018.

Mayor Kenney’s new task force to help fight city’s eviction crisis

The 27-person team will study and make a plan to combat an "underreported crisis in our city."

More senior affordable housing on the way in South, West Philly

Presby’s Inspired Life recently broke ground on two developments

Orinoka Civic House unexpectedly has affordable units still available

The mixed-income housing development is unexpectedly still looking for tenants

Project HOME’s LGBTQ housing moves forward in North Philly

For $1.7 million, Project HOME is set to acquire the land needed to build the first LGBTQ affordable housing development of its kind in Pennsylvania.

HUD Report: Philly’s severe housing problems are on the rise

A new report finds that the number of cost-burdened renters or households living in sub-par conditions is on the rise.

Report: Philly’s low-income renters struggle to afford bottom-tier apartments

They spend more than half of their paychecks on monthly rent.

New affordable housing to replace old Norris homes near Temple

The Civic Design Review committee praised the project for its forward-thinking design and goal for LEED certification.