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    • 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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    • Civic groups from the area surrounding the EPPI site did not want to see the mid-century monolith turned into another social-services institution.(Brian Hickey/WHYY)

Agreement signed for state's $2M sale of EPPI site to NewCourtland

The next phase for the imposing building that had been Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute in East Falls is underway — and it is not what the surrounding communities had in mind. A…

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Eyes on the Street

Three reasons to vote for the Office of Sustainability

On Tuesday Philly voters will get to decide if the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability should become permanent under the City Charter. It is the first ballot question.  Here is why…

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Philadelphia land bank board approves proposed strategic plan

Plan to be submitted to City Council for consideration The Philadelphia Land Bank Board today approved the Land Bank’s Proposed Strategic Plan. The Plan is a blueprint for returning vacant and…

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

Restructuring plan would replace Office of Housing and Community Development

Philadelphia’s Office of Housing and Community Development turns 38 this year, and City Council President Darrell Clarke is celebrating by proposing an amendment to the Home Rule Charter that would eliminate…

    • Frankford Avenue in Mayfair

Mayfair overlay gets a thumbs-down from Planning Commission

The Planning Commission voted Tuesday to disapprove a proposed zoning overlay in the Northeast Philly neighborhood of Mayfair that would ban 15 separate business categories, including beauty parlors, laundromats, nail salons,…

    • Moving On. | Julia Rowe, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

Advocates call to strengthen Land Bank Strategic Plan

The fledgling Philadelphia Land Bank is the city’s best chance to put the lion’s share of its vacant and tax-delinquent properties into responsible hands for new uses. The citywide effects could…

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Proposals would dismantle enforcement agency, centralize planning and development

City Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a bill on Thursday that would make sweeping changes to the structure of the municipal government by creating a new cabinet-level Office of Planning and…

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Tom Wolf issues statement supporting Uber bill as ride-share debate looms in 2015

With just three days left in the state legislative session, it seems increasingly unlikely that Senator Wayne Fontana's bill legalizing "transportation network companies" (TNCs) like Uber X and Lyft will become…

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Eyes on the Street

Will the Community Sustainability Initiative turn City Council into planners?

This week City Council returns for its fall session and something we’re likely to hear a lot about in the coming months is the “Community Sustainability Initiative” (CSI), a new program…

    • A tax-delinquent property on the 2100 block of North Ninth Street. (CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer)

City picking up the pace on property tax collection

For the first time since Mayor Nutter took office, the City of Philadelphia made significant, measurable progress over the past 18 months in its long running fight against the property tax…

    • Houses along 21st and Carpenter Streets. | Photo: Neal Santos

Six policies that help Philadelphians stay in their homes

Last week, a group of nonprofit and religious organizations announced it was forming a coalition to fight for local policies that prevent longtime residents of gentrifying neighborhoods from being pushed out…

    • Can Point Breeze find common ground? 

Progressive coalition looks to promote 'development without displacement'

A coalition of nonprofit community and religious organizations from across the city is launching a new campaign aimed at preserving affordable housing in communities undergoing gentrification. The group is now calling…

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Historical Commission approves Warner Bros. building redo; 205 Race St. construction and 801 Market signage

At its August meeting, the Philadelphia Historical Commission granted final approval for the construction of an addition on the former Warner Brothers Film Distribution Center building  at 228-38 N. 13th Street as…

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How do off-cycle elections impact Philly planning politics?

One reason PlanPhilly is shifting focus a bit to cover the political issues impacting city planning in the 2015 campaign is that accountability journalism done well can increase voter interest and…

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Eyes on the Street

DNC + Philly: What's in it for the city?

Philly greeted about two dozen members of the Democratic National Committee with every cliché possible this week: cheesesteaks at Pat’s with “Rocky,” strumming Mummers, Eagles cheerleaders, historically costumed interpreters. The fountain…

    • Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez stands in front of 2432 N. 4th Street, a blighted, tax delinquent property in her district March 1, 2013. (David Swanson / Inquirer Staff Photographer)

Philadelphia Land Bank holds its first meeting

It took more than ten years of conversations for Philadelphia to form a land bank, but the first public meeting of the agency’s board was over in about ten minutes. On…

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