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Philadelphia building tax could fund affordable housing

by Erika Beras Jun 12, 2018
Philadelphia City Council is expected to vote this week on what some members see as a potential solution to the city’s affordable housing problem — a 1 percent tax that could fund rental construction and help qualifying home buyers make down…

Sports fashion turns to on-trend t-shirts

by Rob Sachs Jun 7, 2018
Sports fashion is often all about the jerseys, but these days fans can also find t-shirts that capture trending moments in sports. That’s because companies like BreakingT see a new opportunity to cater to a market for individualized messaging, by…

Starbucks will close 8,000 stores for a day of bias training

by Kai Ryssdal Apr 17, 2018
CEO Kevin Johnson announced the ambitious move to restore the company image — but there will probably be more to come.

Philadelphia makes an economic case for safe injection sites

by Dan Gorenstein Feb 15, 2018
The facilities could save at least $2 million a year by reducing expensive ambulance rides, emergency room trips and hospital visits, the city says.
A man uses heroin under a bridge where he lives with other addicts in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, which has become a hub for heroin use.
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Food wars escalate in Boston and Philadelphia ahead of Super Bowl Sunday

by Emma Jacobs Feb 2, 2018
Philadelphia and Boston ban each other’s foods leading up to Super Bowl Sunday.
A box of Dottie's Donuts in Philadelphia, where no more Boston Creme donuts will be made until after the Super Bowl.
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Should the governments give LGBT-owned businesses a leg up in public contracts?

by Bobby Allyn Jan 29, 2018
There’s a growing push to add LGBT-owned businesses to the list of groups that are given special treatment for government work.
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How federal policy from the 1930s continues to harm Philadelphia and other cities

by David Brancaccio Jan 11, 2018
Real estate appraisers would negatively evaluate areas if people of color lived there.
A man walks into a heroin encampment in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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It's expensive to launch a new restaurant — so these guys did fried chicken and donuts instead

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Sep 25, 2017
Mike Solomonov and his restaurant partner Steven Cook opened Federal Donuts with a group of friends. They didn't expect it'd actually be successful.
“The beauty of Federal Donuts is that the financial success really came second,” said Steven Cook.
Photo courtesy of Mike Persico

Philly enforces law protecting immigrants from non-attorney advice

by Emma Jacobs Jun 1, 2017
Some businesses promising help with immigration applications have taken advantage of clients or simply offered bad advice.
The storefront office of Ricardo Mejia, located in a heavily immigrant neighborhood of Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia's new soda tax is sweet and sour

by Marketplace Contributor Apr 18, 2017
Retailers say soft drink sales have dropped by half, but preschool teachers are seeing the tax's benefits.
“People are angry and furious,” says Frayby Perelta, who runs a small family-owned store.
Bobby Allyn