It's Our Money Archive: May, 2012

City Howl: Creaky wheels of justice

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LAST YEAR, Rachel Shapiro had a dispute with a contractor and took her case to Common Pleas Court. She lost. She appealed the decision to... Read more

Solutions to the vacant land problem

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This week, the People's Board takes on the question of vacant land in the city, and what could or should be done about it. And on this week's... Read more

Panel discussion: City's property-tax overhaul

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This should be fun. Tonight at about 7:45 p.m., the Center City Residents' Association is hosting a panel discussion on the city's proposed... Read more

Resident breaks free from court system's Catch-22

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Despite what Joseph Heller’s famous protagonist Capt. John Yossarian thinks, you can escape a Catch-22. Just ask Philadelphia resident... Read more

Records: Developer's companies deal in luxury, eyesores

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WHEN IT comes to large vacant buildings, developer Tony Rufo knows how to spot potential. More than a year ago, Rufo transformed the shuttered... Read more

IOM editorial: Nonprofits owe the city

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As Philadelphians listen to the mayor and Council haggle over a new property-tax system and the School District’s need for $90 million... Read more

Help Desk: It's not her house!

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Toward the end of April, Elizabeth Simmons got three violation notices — for infractions committed on three dates, beginning in December... Read more

Podcast: Questioning for the district

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Last week, Council grilled school officials about their plans to balance the budget and wholly restructure the district. But reporters Doron... Read more