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    • I Voted Today

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…

    • hillary08 | Kelly DeLay, cc
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…

    • South Street pop up / courtesy YIP

How the Pop-Ups can actually prop up their neighbors

This summer, beer gardens have been popping up like dandelions, causing some legislators to say they are ready to start pulling weeds. But most Philadelphians – including the folks who run…

    • Social Impact Bonds and the Future of Nonprofit Finance

Social Impact Bonds and the future of nonprofit finance

Venture philanthropy is a major emerging force today in nonprofit finance, the idea that socially conscious work can also realize a financial return, rather than relying solely on grants and charitable…

    • The Zoning Code Commission sent its final report to City Council last fall

Explain that Term: Unconstitutional Taking

Claudia Vargas has an interesting story in The Inquirer about a property owner who’s claiming that he’s entitled to compensation from the city, because the city hasn’t paved an access road…

    • NEast Philly

Five years of NEast Philly archives are just a click away

In 2008, Shannon McDonald created a small hyper-local blog called NEastPhilly.com that had a daunting mission: become the go-to news source for 400,000 Philadelphians who live in Northeast Philly. McDonald succeeded…

    • University City High School

Deal reached on University City High School

Drexel University reached a deal with Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell’s office and several community groups over the zoning of the 14-acre parcel housing the former University City High School Thursday morning. The…

    • Wash West NID meeting

Wash West puts lid on NID bid

The Washington Square West NID steering committee formally withdrew a proposal to establish a Neighborhood Improvement District in the neighborhood at a meeting of the local civic association Tuesday night. The…

    • Breaking ground on Paseo Verde near Temple University train station

Treasury awards $141 million in tax credits to local development funds

The U.S. Department of Treasury has awarded millions of dollars in New Markets Tax Credits to the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), The Reinvestment Fund (TRF), and Local Initiatives Support Corporation…

    • Shells | Jukie Bot, EOTS Flickr Grou
Eyes on the Street

Land Bank updates: Strategic planning and VPRC transparency

Philadelphia is inching toward realizing its Land Bank, signed into law by Mayor Nutter in January. The Philadelphia Land Bank is perhaps the city’s best hope for putting a significant number…

    • Trash pile
Eyes on the Street

Streets wants feedback on winter performance, introduces text alerts

Did your block look like this for half of the winter? Was your street a sheet of ice or cleared regularly? How do you think the Streets Department did handling the incredibly…

    • 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…

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