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Northern Liberties: Out With the Old, In With the New

Northern Liberties: Out With the Old, In With the New

Like other parts of the city, Northern Liberties’ housing market has rapidly expanded in recent years. It seems as if every other street is restricted by orange construction barricades. By the time the seasons change, they’re gone, a new building is up and an old brick home is being demolished. New construction often comes with […]

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Northern Liberties: Tax Reform Plans Separate Trump, Clinton

Northern Liberties: Tax Reform Plans Separate Trump, Clinton

As this unpredictable election season enters its final week, tax reform is easily overshadowed by the new scandal of the day. But without taxes, the government wouldn’t have the money to build a border wall or fund universal health care. The candidates’ tax plans are a cornerstone of their economic agendas and, at the same […]

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City Hall: Allan Domb Brings Business to City Council

City Hall: Allan Domb Brings Business to City Council

In the Philadelphia real estate business, it is pretty hard not to run into the name Allan Domb. He served as the president of the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors and he has been hailed by many as the “Center City Condo King.” Since the November elections, however, Domb has adopted a new title: city councilman. Running […]

 

The Next Mayor: Five Questions the Candidates Should Face

The Next Mayor: Five Questions the Candidates Should Face

The remaining Philadelphia mayoral candidates are going to be hard pressed with tough questions from voters this election. With the systematic issues Philadelphia faces in areas like education and government accountability to the public, the two candidates are going to have to pitch solid solutions to get voters on their side. Whoever is taking over for […]

 By Erin Purcell and Max Pulcini

Axis Philly: Chestnut Hill Business Owners Still Feeling Insecure About Actual Value Initiative

Axis Philly: Chestnut Hill Business Owners Still Feeling Insecure About Actual Value Initiative

Before the new property assessments under the Actual Value Initiative were mailed out, business owners in Chestnut Hill were feeling anxious about what effects the new values would have on their establishments. Dan Weiss is the owner of the Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop and the building that the business is located in at 8509 Germantown […]

 By Kathryn McBride and Zack Scott

Axis Philly: Mayor Nutter Proposed Tax Relief for Businesses

Axis Philly: Mayor Nutter Proposed Tax Relief for Businesses

Mayor Nutter’s proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2014 included $10 million in relief for small businesses that experience an increase in property taxes under AVI. The relief measure will be aimed solely at property taxes, not the use-and-occupancy tax for which businesses are already paying a steep price. “I don’t really have much quarrel with […]

 By Dariel S. Johnson

Ludlow: Longtime Residents Brace for Property Tax Hikes

Ludlow: Longtime Residents Brace for Property Tax Hikes

The city’s proposed property tax hikes wouldn’t affect lower income homeowners in Ludlow, according to the office of State Representative W. Curtis Thomas. However, many Ludlow homeowners fear the city’s new Actual Value Initiative (an effort to more accurately determine property values) will likely force them out of the developing neighborhood they have always called […]

 By Erin Purcell and Max Pulcini

Axis Philly: Chestnut Hill Community Association Keeps Residents Informed About Actual Value Initiative

Axis Philly: Chestnut Hill Community Association Keeps Residents Informed About Actual Value Initiative

[vimeo 60534602] While some city residents were still feeling uninformed and anxious about the new tax assessments, Chestnut Hill was feeling a little more prepared. The Chestnut Hill Community Association has helped prepare residents for the new assessments and for the future when the new tax rates are released in the spring. Brien Tilley is the […]

 By Erin E. Purcell

Axis Philly: City Residents Concerned About Service Cuts

Axis Philly: City Residents Concerned About Service Cuts

[vimeo 59602369] Residents citywide are still concerned with what Mayor Nutter’s Actual Value Initiative may have in store for their neighborhoods. While some are concerned about how much their taxes may increase; others are more concerned with what services provided through the city’s operating budget would continue to be cut. Anna Wallace Adams is the Department […]