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    • Tacony's
Eyes on the Street

CDC Tax Credit is a transformative tool for neighborhoods

As City Council considers expanding the Philadelphia Commmunity Development Tax Credit Program to pre-recession levels, Community Contributor and Tacony CDC Manager Alex Balloon explains the program’s big impact in neighborhoods…

    • Councilman Kenney, Primo Hoagies

That time Councilman Kenney read every ingredient in a Primo Hoagie into the Council record

Anyone who attends Philadelphia City Council meetings with any regularity will know that there are periods of tedium so complete that you almost forget who you are. But between the innumerable…

    • Vacancy and Orinoka Mills, June 2014

City looks to expand tax credits for community development

Last week, a City Council committee voted to recommend a bill that would increase the city’s tax credit for Community Development Corporations, non-profit groups that invest in affordable housing and other…

    • Darrell Clarke

Clarke to send planning and development re-org plan back to committee for more discussion

Council President Darrell Clarke said on Thursday that he would send his proposal to restructure the city's planning and development agencies back to committee for more discussion and amendments. The proposal, which would…

    • l and i

Civic groups ask Clarke to pull back charter change proposal

A group of civic associations from across the city has sent a letter to all members of City Council asking for a proposed charter change to be removed from Council’s agenda…

    • City Council President Darrell Clarke

Darrell Clarke wants to restructure the government. Does anybody else?

It wasn’t hostility that filled the Council Chambers last month, when the committee on law and government held a hearing to consider a proposal to restructure the local government and create…

    • 5101 Rochelle Ave. in Oct. 2013. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Roxborough property owner faces conservatorship battle over once-neglected pizza shop

The dangerous conditions that resulted in Licenses & Inspections violations have been repaired. Delinquent taxes have been paid. And the owner of the property at 5101 Rochelle Avenue in Roxborough said…

    • A sea of emergency responders filled 22nd Street, as seen from the JFK Blvd. bridge.

Mayor creates board to oversee building safety

Mayor Michael Nutter announced on Tuesday that he has created a Building Safety Oversight Board to monitor implementation of the recommendations made by a Special Advisory Commission appointed in the wake…

    • Proposed development at 2010-2020 Wharton Street, rendering from JKR Partners

The top five Philly planning politics fights of 2014

2010 WHARTON (AND THE WHOLE SLEW OF OCF REALTY DEVELOPMENTS IN POINT BREEZE) Let’s take the most obvious one first. The 2nd District City Council primary contest between the incumbent Councilman…

    • New Norman Foster designed Comcast tower currently under construction pursued a

2014: A healthy year for public-aided development in Philadelphia

We’re always being reminded, this time of year, that what we give is more important than what we receive. And while it’s good to be grateful for the many unearned privileges…

    • Provident Mutual Life Insurance Buidling, 2014

Block that will host new cop shop, morgue and ME office gets zoning go-ahead

The wheels continue to roll along toward turning the imposing former Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building at 4601 Market St. into the new city police headquarters, which will also involve moving the…

    • SEPTA 24/7

College students who explore Philly are more likely to stay. Could free* transit help?

Would better public transit connectivity and nightlife choices keep more college students in Philadelphia after graduation? The latest report from Campus Philly suggests they would, and contains some other interesting takeaways…

    • daycare bill pcpc dec 9 2014

Planning Commission opposes bid to limit home occupations, supports waiving fees for daycares

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to oppose a bill introduced by Councilman Brian O’Neill that would restrict business activity in certain residential areas. Since the bill already had…

    • City Council President Darrell Clarke

Committee approves plan to restructure local government amid pleas for more time

City Council’s Committee on Law and Government recommended approval on Tuesday of a proposal introduced by Council President Darrell Clarke that would amend the city charter to create a cabinet-level Department…

    • NID hearing in Council’s Rules Committee airs wider grievances in North Central

Hearing scheduled on consolidation of planning and development agencies

Tomorrow, City Council’s Committee on Law and Government will hold a hearing on a proposal from Council President Darrell Clarke to create a cabinet-level Department of Planning and Development. The proposal…

    • Hudson Philadelphia Concept Rendering | DAS Architects

Bill permitting new Center City hotel on hold until next year

A plan to build a 12-story hotel at 17th and Chancellor streets in Center City, currently home to a parking garage and the iconic diner Little Pete’s, is on hold after…

    • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson joined project leaders at the ground breaking ceremony

On the record with Kenyatta Johnson: Development, politics, planning, and more

Last Wednesday, PlanPhilly sat down with 2nd District Councilman Kenyatta Johnson to talk about development in his district, his upcoming reelection campaign, and accusations of cronyism lodged by his opponent, developer…

    • The effort to create the Central Roxborough Neighborhood Conservation Overlay was sparked by the community's involvement surrounding the Bunting House demolition issue. (NewsWorks, file art)

Rare neighborhood-development overlay proposed for Roxborough

Legislation that would make Central Roxborough just the second neighborhood in Philadelphia to have regulations protecting its small-town character will be introduced in City Council on Dec. 2. While not as…

    • Council to introduce waterfront setback ordinance at first meeting

Waterfront corporation goes 'mayor-proof', adds advocacy group to board

When the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation was formed in 2009, a year after Mayor Michael Nutter took office, the mission of the new agency was to help create and guide a…

    • Developer Ori Feibush in a city owned lot across from town homes he built on the 1700 block of Manton (Clem Murray / Inquirer)

On the record with Ori Feibush: Conflicts of interest, pay to play, rezoning and more

Last Friday, PlanPhilly sat down with Ori Feibush, the young developer behind OCF Realty who is running to unseat Kenyatta Johnson as 2nd District Councilman. We wanted to ask him about…

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