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Philly roundup: West Philly affordable housing complex to be sold, what to do with public monuments & more

Nick Fiorellini

There’s a lot going on in the world. Here are 5 of today’s biggest stories about the Philadelphia area.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Hello, Philadelphia!

Today is Monday, October 18. Let’s check out Philadelphia’s biggest stories of the day.

Owner of West Philly subsidized townhouses plans to sell, displacing dozens of families. It’s an example of the vulnerability of affordable housing.

Dozens of families renting federally subsidized West Philly townhomes must leave by July 2022. University City Townhomes has been affordable housing for forty years; current owners plan on selling property to cash in on rising property value.

Philly Zoo funding helps vaccine effort for monkeys that were once on the verge of extinction

Various outbreaks have nearly caused the golden lion tamarin to become extinct. Now, the Philly zoo is helping the Brazilian monkey get their COVID-19 vaccines.

Who deserves a statue – and who never did? Philly’s Monument Lab have answers

Philly and the country are in the middle of a reckoning of what to do with their public statues and monuments. In this Philadelphia magazine article, founders of Monument Lab talk about what statues mean to people and communities, and how we can make monuments work for them.

Family-owned businesses in the Philadelphia region are posting billions in revenue. Here are the largest.

Of the 30 companies that provided Philadelphia Business Journal with 2020 revenue information, these family-owned businesses made $14.25B. Did your favorite local business make the list?

Residents, CHCA get lucky as ZBA appeal of former Sunoco site is delayed

An appeal hearing held to challenge the proposed five story, 34-unit apartment complex at 10 W. Bethlehem Pike was delayed to after a witness for the city didn’t show up. Read more about the latest on the Northwest Philly development project at Chestnut Hill Local.

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