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    • Reinventing Older Communities

Federal Reserve 2014 Reinventing Older Communities Conference

From start to finish, this is one event you don’t want to miss. The Philadelphia Fed’s Reinventing Older Communities conference, Bridging Growth & Opportunity, will be held Monday, May 12,…

    • A vacant Keystone Opportunity Zone in Brewerytown

Keystone Opportunity Zones not designed to be measured

From where City Controller Alan Butkovitz is sitting, the Keystone Opportunity Zone program in Philadelphia is a major disappointment. Butkovitz released a report earlier this month saying that the program, which…

    • Abandoned tax delinquent property on the 2300 block of Gerrit Street in Point Breeze (Clem Murray / Inquirer)

District Council members assign targets for affordable housing

Five members of City Council introduced bills on Thursday designating certain portions of their districts as “opportunity zones,” areas that will be targeted by Council President Darrell Clarke’s 1,500 Affordable Housing…

    • An overview shot of the APM neighborhood, as seen from 9th and Montgomery

Clarke’s plan and why all affordable housing isn’t created equal

City Council President Darrell Clarke’s new affordable housing initiative marks Philadelphia’s latest foray into large-scale, placed-based planning.  The goal is to create “affordable housing opportunities in communities where property values are…

    • 1800 block of N. Marston

Councilwoman Tasco: Take a closer look at those “Apples”

Councilwoman Tasco and I agree that, with respect to affordable housing in Philadelphia, “The need is real.”  We also agree that, in her words, “Council’s plan [the “1,500 New Affordable Housing…

    • 51st and Baltimore

Tasco takes issue with Kromer analysis of Clarke's affordable housing plan

It was disappointing to see PlanPhilly/Philly.com publish John Kromer’s deeply flawed analysis comparing City Council’s 1,500 New Affordable Housing Units Initiative with the Street Administration’s Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (NTI). As I…

    • By the summer of 2015, the playground at 37th and Mt. Vernon streets could be completely overhauled. Photo courtesy of The Trust for Public Land

The keys to Philadelphia's land bank success

Philadelphia recently became the largest U.S. city to create a “land bank.” The news was picked up by The New York Times, which touted Philly’s approach as a “model for…

    • Darrell Clarke

Council President Clarke’s initiative: How to avoid NTI Jr.

The Council President has a plan. He wants the city to support a multi-million dollar bond issue that, combined with other funding, will finance the development of many units of housing…

    • The Thursday farmers' market returned to Clark Park this week
Eyes on the Street

New, simplified rules for farmers' markets

Philadelphia has 65 farmers' markets, and the city wants to encourage even more. New changes to the City’s Code could do just that. Last week City Council approved changes that eliminate…

    • Lancaster Avenue
Eyes on the Street

People's Emergency Center extends support with Neighborhood Advisory Committee

The active People’s Emergency Center (PEC) in West Philadelphia has taken on yet another role. Last April the Office of Housing and Community Development put out a call for Neighborhood Advisory…

    • The uniform cornice lines of South 15th Street.

Council bills focus on tax relief for homeowners, low-income workers

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a bill on Thursday that would freeze indefinitely the amount of property taxes owed by certain homeowners in Philadelphia. The bill would amend the Longtime Owner Occupants…

    • l and i original

Nutter commits funding for new positions at L&I

Mayor Michael Nutter announced on Thursday that he intends to commit an additional $2 million to the Department of Licenses and Inspections for the 2015 fiscal year. The additional funds would…

    • Philadelphia Gas Works
Eyes on the Street

PGW selling for $1.86 billion [roundup]

Philadelphia Gas Works, the largest municipally owned gas utility in the nation, is ever closer to privatization. Here's a roundup of news related to this big possible sale: The Sale: On…

    • Reading Viaduct

Planning Commission accepts six-year fiscal plan, sends it on to Mayor Nutter

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission unanimously adopted the city’s new six-year capital program and budget in a special session on Friday, after an outline of the plan by Deputy Director Alan…

    • March Sheriff Sales
Eyes on the Street

March sheriff sale properties [map]

As PlanPhilly reported late last year, the Nutter administration has mobilized to put more tax delinquent properties to sheriff sale to collect on a variety of taxes owed to the city.…

    • 1800 block of N. Marston where GLC Group owns 15 properties and was photographed February 22, 2013. (David Swanson / Inquirer Staff Photographer)

City blight unit lauded, decimated

Since 2011, an innovative new anti-blight unit in the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections has used data and strategic enforcement to prop up property values and speed redevelopment in transitional…

    • Alexander Wilson Elementary in University City could close. | PlanPhilly
Eyes on the Street

Community meetings about sale of vacant public schools [updated]

[UPDATED 2/12/14: The meeting about University City/Drew/Walnut Center scheduled for February 5, rescheduled for February 12 has again been rescheduled. It is now planned for February 26.] The School…

    • Bill Green - Caucus Room

On City Council, who will replace Bill Green?

Governor Tom Corbett announced Friday morning that he would appoint At-Large Councilman Bill Green to the top seat at the School Reform Commission, a move that will require Green to leave…

    • Rendering of Comcast Innovation & Technology Center | Foster + Partners

Details on $40 million in state and city grants for new Comcast tower

Comcast’s new Innovation and Technology Center, which the company unveiled yesterday and expects to begin building this summer, is estimated to cost $1.2 billion. Of that, $40 million—around three-and-a-half percent of…

    • Trash.
Eyes on the Street

Trash talk: Streets urges patience as sanitation crews catch up

Christmas trees, overflowing recycling bins, stuffed plastic bags, and the remains of holiday cheer are forming unusually large mounds of trash that are gracing many Philly sidewalks this week. Holiday delays,…

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