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Five People You Should Know: Development at Temple

With an undergraduate population of about 28,000 and a trend toward becoming a more residential campus, Temple University has seen a lot of construction throughout the past few years. A new 1,200 bed dormitory, Morgan Hall, is one of those projects. Here are five people who play key roles in the neighborhood’s development. 1. Ken […]

 

North Philadelphia: Owls Look to Boost Football Program

If all goes according to plan, five years from now Temple University will have its own football stadium and a team ranked in the Top 25 nationally that competes regularly in the popular and lucrative post-season bowl games. If all goes according to plan, that stadium will be filled not only with students and alumni […]

 

AxisPhilly: Five Places You Need to Know

AxisPhilly: Five Places You Need to Know

AxisPhilly is a nonprofit news organization that offers in-depth reporting on matters of public interest. Specifically, AxisPhilly seeks to provide readers with original reporting using data analysis and interactive tools. The organization reports on topics like state and local governments, real estate and city tax issues. It also works on projects on local politics, neighborhoods, […]

 By Kathryn McBride and Zach Scott

Graduate Hospital: Schools Need Resources

Graduate Hospital: Schools Need Resources

Mayor Michael Nutter wanted to raise additional money for schools by implementing the Actual Value Initiative in 2012. Now the mayor says AVI will be revenue neutral. “The city is not ready to implement [AVI]. It doesn’t have all the data,” said Doerte Smith, a longtime resident and voter of Graduate Hospital. “Luckily Councilman Johnson […]

 By Kathryn McBride and Zack Scott

Axis Philly: Penn Alexander Affects Catchment Residents

Axis Philly: Penn Alexander Affects Catchment Residents

Since Penn Alexander School opened its doors in 2001, it has consistently ranked as one of the top public schools in the city. The independent organization GreatPhillySchools.org – a collaborative effort including nonprofit organizations and the more than 400 schools– assigned it scores of 10 out of 10 both overall and in academics. The success […]

 By Max Pulcini and Erin Purcell

Axis Philly: Vacant Properties Damage Real Estate Values

Axis Philly: Vacant Properties Damage Real Estate Values

Would you rather live on a block that is speckled with ramshackle, rundown abandoned houses or one with inviting green community gardens? There are about 40,000 vacant parcels, which are property units, in the city of Philadelphia. Out of those 40,000 properties, 12,000 are owned by various city agencies. These city agencies are responsible for […]

 By Max Pulcini and Erin Purcell

Axis Philly: Realty Organization Proposes Plan for Tax Collection

Axis Philly: Realty Organization Proposes Plan for Tax Collection

[vimeo 65107526] The city generates the majority of its revenue through the collection of property taxes. Not all of these taxes, however, are able to be collected. Currently, there is about $500 million in delinquent taxes owed. Some of the delinquencies are over 10 years old. Allan Domb is the president of the Greater Philadelphia Association […]

 By Erin Purcell and Max Pulcini

Axis Philly: Community Group Supports Use of Land Bank

Axis Philly: Community Group Supports Use of Land Bank

The Women’s Community Revitalization Project has been working to help better the lives of women and their families living in North Philadelphia. One of the organization’s latest efforts is the Campaign to take Back Vacant Land. The campaign is supported by over 40 community, labor and faith-based organizations. Jill Feldstein is the organizing and advocacy […]

 By Kathryn McBride and Zack Scott

Axis Philly: University City Landlord Endorses Gradual Tax Increases

Axis Philly: University City Landlord Endorses Gradual Tax Increases

One possibility that City Council is considering is the gradual application of the property tax reassessments throughout the course of three years. A bill proposed by Councilman Mark Squilla of the 1st District would do just that by taking the taxes collected the previous year and adding a percentage of the increases – 25 percent […]

 By Erin Purcell and Max Pulcini

Axis Philly: Fishtown Families Wonder Where Their Taxes Are Going

Axis Philly: Fishtown Families Wonder Where Their Taxes Are Going

Despite the fact that 56 percent of property tax revenues go toward the School District of Philadelphia, schools are still being closed. Philadelphia officials approved closing 23 public schools, about 10 percent of the city’s total, in order to erase a huge budget deficit and reduce the number of underused schools. One school set to […]

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