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    • Rowhouses in Point Breeze
Eyes on the Street

Design Advocacy Group gets funding to focus on rowhouse preservation

For years Philadelphia has tried to build its way out of our affordable housing problem through new construction. But a smarter solution may be right under our noses: Rowhouse preservation. The…

    • Looking south from 56th Street, Bartram's Mile offers sweeping views
Eyes on the Street

$1.7 million for Bartram's Mile as swing bridge study continues

Now that the Schuylkill Banks boardwalk is open, it’s time to look downriver to the next stretch of Schuylkill River Trail to be built: Bartram’s Mile and the bridge that will…

    • 606-608 S 8th Street, completed in 2014
Eyes on the Street

Parking logic: Three reasons ZBA should say no to garage-fronted rowhouses

Say zoning and eyes glaze over. But really zoning is code for capturing the kind of city we want to live in. Zoning is where planning gets personal. For me that’s…

    • These garages on Lombard Street (an RM-1 district) provide residential parking, but came at a cost: one extra long curb cut that took away on-street parking and created a boring pedestrian environment
Eyes on the Street

Five reasons why Philly shouldn't set parking minimums

In the last few weeks we’ve heard a lot about how City Council members are trying to roll back pieces of the city's newly minted zoning code, including a proposal…

    • Marina View Tower | Ensemble Real Estate
Eyes on the Street

Poll: Is Philly losing its reform-minded planning backbone?

Time was, Philadelphia scared off out-of-town developers with our convoluted (sometimes crooked) ways, leaving behind only insiders who could navigate our strange channels to build here. But recent years have been…

Eyes on the Street poll: Poll: Is Philly losing its reform-minded planning backbone?

Time was, Philadelphia scared off out-of-town developers with our convoluted (sometimes crooked) ways, leaving only insiders who could navigate our strange channels behind to build here. But recent years have been…

Eyes on the Street

Debate over Registered Community Organizations heats up

The ticking time-bomb embedded in Philadelphia's overdue, comprehensive zoning reform is the redefined role of community groups in the zoning process. New, more formal rules create a threshold for all community…

    • Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez talks rezoning and St. Bonfiace at a pitched community meeting on Monday night.
Eyes on the Street

High Noon at Norris Square: Dueling over St. Boniface and rezoning

Seventh District Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez and the Norris Square Civic Association are dueling over the fate of a major development that NSCA has already put in motion: the redevelopment of the…

    • Can Point Breeze find common ground? 
Eyes on the Street

Will new zoning on the waterfront deter or draw development?

We won’t know for many years if the Master Plan for the Central Delaware is a real life success story. But in an opinion piece in today’s Daily News, Matt…

    • Order in Point Breeze | Flickr user pwbaker, Creative Commons
Eyes on the Street

Point Breeze starts new zoning committee to mend broken process

Order in Point Breeze | Flickr user pwbaker, Creative Commons On Wednesday I went to the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) hearing to follow the still-developing saga of OCF Realty’s development…

    • Vacant lots on Point Breeze Avenue that OCF Realty wants to develop. | GoogleMaps
Eyes on the Street

Point Breeze development rumbles? Blame the process.

Monday night’s South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S. (SPHINC) zoning meeting was not about zoning. Of the projects on the agenda, the only one heard was OCF Realty’s proposed mixed-use development at the corner…

    • The south side of the Race Street Connector points toward the river.
Eyes on the Street

Wishing on Philly 2012

2011 was a big year for Philadelphia’s planning ambitions. After years of work Philly got its first comprehensive plan in 50 years, a waterfront master plan, and a new green…

    • City Council chambers.
Eyes on the Street

Will zoning reform really shift City Council's land use powers?

December 15 is a big day for the City of Philadelphia. City Council should – fingers still crossed – pass a new zoning code. This moment is the culmination of four…

    • Sidewalk Cafes in Center City 2011 | Center City District
Eyes on the Street

Center City's sidewalk cafe boom should spread

For ten years the Center City District has been counting the number of sidewalk cafes in Center City, finding 273 between Vine and South Streets. There were 69 when CCD…

    • City Council chambers.
Eyes on the Street

Zoning Matters: City Council should see through zoning reform process, not subvert it

In a sharp opinion piece in Monday’s Daily News, Architect Kiki Bolender takes City Council to task for introducing its own version of the zoning code, and in so doing,…

    • Save Our Mural - says Our House Montessori accross the street from Autumn.
Eyes on the Street

Autumn mural debate continues, its fate uncertain

Since Eyes on the Street last talked about the possibility that Bella Vista's Autumn mural could be lost due to a planned development, a lot has happened. Neighbors collected more than…

Eyes on the Street

Combat Zoning Fatigue: Dig In

In May 2007, 80% of Philadelphia voters supported zoning reform. That vote kicked off four years of hard work, culminating in the Zoning Code Commission's (ZCC) recommendations for a new zoning…

From Eyes on the Street: Combat Zoning Fatigue: Dig in

In May 2007, 80% of Philadelphia voters supported zoning reform. That vote kicked off four years of hard work, culminating in the Zoning Code Commission’s (ZCC) recommendations for a new zoning…

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