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Toll Brothers residences unwelcome by South Street businesses

Arguments over zoning laws are regularly heard when neighbors oppose a commercial venture entering a residential community. In Philadelphia's South Street neighborhood, however, business leaders are against having residential neighbors.

Suit argues public loses in Allentown property seizures

The government acquisition of private property in Allentown will only benefit private investors, according to a developer's newly filed lawsuit. The legal maneuver against the city's eminent domain actions stands to disrupt officials' plans to open a $100 million downtown hockey arena in two years.

'Blight court' option for neglectful Philadelphia property owners

The mayor of Philadelphia says the city's empty and under-maintained properties are destroying neighborhood property values. The official has announced a new plan to send noncompliant owners of neglected commercial and residential real estate to "blight court."

Bella Vista townhouse could stand in the way of community art

Neighbors in Bella Vista have collected $250,000 to prevent a planned townhouse from blocking a street mural called "Autumn." The Zoning Board of Adjustment heard arguments for and against a zoning variance for the lot at Ninth and Bainbridge Streets, but deferred its decision, hoping the issue is resolved independently.

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