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You are viewing 15 articles for 2017 with the tag ppads-government by the author Jake Blumgart

    • Rebuilding Sharswood: New townhouse-style units cohabitate with the old Senior Tower on the Norman Blumberg Apartments site, November 2016 | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Remaking Sharswood: Studying how the neighborhood transformation plan affects former Blumberg tenants

The Philadelphia Housing Authority’s plans for the Sharswood neighborhood have stoked much controversy, but even its critics would agree that the effort is ambitious.   The scale of the project…

    • Cobbs Creek | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Record turnout to kick off West District Plan

Last Thursday, at West Philadelphia High School, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission commenced its second to last district planning process. The commission began crafting district plans for every corner of the…

Ballot Question: Should city move to ‘best value’ from ‘lowest bid’ for contracts?

Councilman Bobby Henon, backed by the Kenney administration, thinks it’s time to update the city’s procurement policies. On Tuesday, voters will decide whether the city should change how it picks vendors…

    • PPA lot at 1339 South 12th Street| Dena Driscoll

Parking Authority plan to put billboards on neighborhood parking lots contested

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) wants to make a little extra cash by selling advertising space in a handful of its parking lots and garages. Community activists, who don’t want billboards…

    • RCO Map detail

Council still reworking rules for community orgs in development process

Friday’s Rules Committee hearing centered on two bills related to Registered Community Organizations (RCOs), neighborhood groups that are deeply embedded in Philadelphia’s development process. RCOs are geographically-specific organizations, created as part…

    • Walking Uptown, 16th and Ridge

Francisville downzoning objections come to Council too late

The public comment period near the end of each City Council session is rarely a forum for reasoned criticisms of pending legislation. If a critic enjoys the clout or the know-how,…

    • City permit desks in the Municipal Service Building | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Council supportive of higher city permit fees, funds to support L&I, Historical Commission

The Philadelphia City Council is considering increasing fees across the board for most licenses and permits. That might seem like a potentially contentious proposition, inspiring pushback from the business community. Instead,…

    • Zoning notification diagram, 2016 RCO Fact Sheet

Councilman Henon proposes changes to RCO requirements and zoning notice

On Thursday Councilman Bobby Henon introduced legislation to tweak the regulations governing the city’s Registered Community Organizations (RCOs). A product of the 2012 zoning code, RCOs are geographically-specific organizations that developers…

    • Eviction hearing in City Council, March 20, 2017

Council hearing examines evictions, substandard housing, and possible solutions

William Church didn’t look at ease in City Council’s high-ceilinged chambers. The 65-year-old former Marine experiences what he calls “extreme anxiety,” a condition he slowly and deliberately described to the gathered politicians.…

    • A protested eviction in Germantown.  (Bas Slabbers for WHYY)

North Philly couple suing landlord’s lawyer over right to evict

In 2013, Gerrell Martin and Curtis Sampson rented a property in North Philadelphia for their large family. They are low-income and have six children. Their two-year-old child suffers from cerebral palsy.…

    • Landlord-tenant court in the Widener Building

To reduce unfair evictions tenants need lawyers

In a city with a staggeringly high eviction rate, landlord-tenant court is one of the busiest corners of Philadelphia's municipal judiciary. To get to the court, walk into the lobby…

    •  Philadelphia Housing Authority's three and four bedroom Ludlow Home developments located on the 1300 block of Marshall Street.

Housing advocates hope budget negotiations will unlock more resources

Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget speech at City Council today covered a lot of ground. From his central policy priority--the Rebuild Initiative—to bravura capital projects like capping I-95 and announcing a much…

    • Stations for Recommended TOD Overlays

Council proposes zoning changes to drive transit-oriented development

When Philadelphia adopted its new zoning code in 2013, policymakers included an overlay provision meant to encourage denser development around transit stations. In theory, it meant that developers could build more…

    • New Year's Eve fireworks | NewsWorks (file)

City Council considering increased fees for permits and licenses

On Thursday Councilmember Maria Quiñones-Sánchez introduced a bill to retool the Department of Licenses & Inspections fee regimen. The bill would modestly increase many fees across the board, ranging from…

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Planning Commission celebrates citizen planners, equitable planning

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s annual progress report and celebration for Citizens Planning Institute participants held last week was themed “Planning Together Growing Together,” focusing on parks and the power of…

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