By Kaitlyn Rocks and Jennifer Babu

Pennsport: Neighbors React to Actual Value Initiative

Pennsport: Neighbors React to Actual Value Initiative

With the reassessment of property values due to the Actual Value Initiative, some lifelong residents are seeing their property taxes go up. Several assessments have tripled the property value, and some residents are worried they may have to leave their homes. The Actual Value Initiative (AVI) is a program which is supposed to accurately assess […]

 By Kaitlyn Rocks and Jennifer Babu

Pennsport: AVI Assessments Take a Toll on Homeowners

Pennsport: AVI Assessments Take a Toll on Homeowners

With the Actual Value Initiative (AVI) raising property taxes throughout the city, many Philadelphia homeowners are wondering exactly why and how this is happening. The main goal of AVI was supposed to be a reassessment of all the properties in the city at their current market value. The Actual Value Initiative reflects the value at […]

 By Kaitlyn Rocks and Jennifer Babu

Whitman: Vacant Lot to be Renovated into Proposed Casino

Whitman: Vacant Lot to be Renovated into Proposed Casino

On the northeast border of the Whitman neighborhood lies t Snyder Plaza and Columbus Commons, two shopping centers filled with a variety of stores such as Marshall’s, Lowes and Ikea. Restaurants like Champp’s and Longhorn Steakhouse share space with fast food stores including Wendy’s and Chick-fil-a.. However, most of the eastern border along Front Street […]

 By Samantha Byles and Andrea Jordan

South Philadelphia: Whitman Library Branch Pushes for Six-Day Weekly Operation

South Philadelphia: Whitman Library Branch Pushes for Six-Day Weekly Operation

South Philadelphia’s Second Street has become legendary as the site for the Mummers, Philadelphia’s colorful New Years revelers. Second Street in South Philly houses the Mummers Museum honoring that annual celebration plus costume houses holding decorations for the event. But several blocks away, Laura McColgan and the Friends of Whitman Library said they hope to […]