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“Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz speaks at a press conference Wednesday about vacant properties posing a danger in the city.” | Photo: Kimberly Paynter, for NewsWorks

“Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz speaks at a press conference Wednesday about vacant properties posing a danger in the city.” | Photo: Kimberly Paynter, for NewsWorks

  • City Controller Alan Butkovitz announced yesterday his office’s findings following a review of the Department of Licenses and Inspections’ operations, says NewsWorks. The “report identified 1,215 privately owned vacant properties”— 100 of which are considered imminently dangerous—“with violations ranging from high weeds to collapsing roofs,” and recommends a $3 million expansion of the department in order to manage the workload.
  • Opining on Eyes on the Street, the Preservation Alliance’s Ben Leech considers this year’s mayoral election within the context of historic preservation. Compared with other cities’, Philadelphia’s Historical Commission is wholly lacking, featuring, as of late, a non-existent expansion of historic districts and a glacially slow accumulation of individually protected properties. By improving upon “archaic data practices” and ensuring the funding by which to dedicate more personnel toward “property research and designation activities,” the next mayor can make the necessary next steps in protecting Philadelphia’s built legacy.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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  1. Here’s a thought, stop trying to do everything and regulate everything, then your department wouldn’t need all the money in the world and neither would the rest of the bloated city government.

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