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Eyes on the Street

Road to development reform should start at L&I

City Council President Darrell Clarke has spent recent months advancing a plan to reorganize the city’s planning and development functions into a new cabinet-level Department of Planning and Development through a…

    • Nelson Diaz (Photo courtesy of Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Q&A: Nelson Diaz on affordable housing, attracting new business, and expanding SEPTA

PlanPhilly sat down with former Common Pleas Judge, Department of Housing and Urban Development General Counsel, Exelon Director and current Mayoral contender Nelson Diaz last week for a wide-ranging conversation that…

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PACDC hopes candidates will focus on equitable neighborhood development

On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Association of CDCs unveiled a platform of policy ideas meant to spread the benefits of Philadelphia’s resurgence to every neighborhood in the city. “This is a unique…

    • Darrell Clarke

Committee delays vote on reorganization proposal, referendum pushed to November

City Council’s Committee on Law & Government amended a proposal Wednesday morning to restructure the local government and create a Department of Planning and Development responsible for coordinating permitting and review…

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Clarke modifies charter proposal, seeks Council approval of new cabinet appointee

A modified version of City Council President Darrell Clarke’s proposal to amend the city charter and create a cabinet-level Department of Planning and Development will go before the Council’s Committee on…

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Matysik drops out of At-Large Council race

George Matysik became the first candidate to drop out of the Democratic City Council At-Large primary late Wednesday night. In a statement released at 11:30 p.m., the former Director of Public…

    • On Thursday Night Market returns to Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy with more than 50 vendors.

Councilman aims to make business easier for food trucks

Councilman Mark Squilla is making a push to formalize—and liberalize—the city’s regulations on food trucks, an industry which has been growing in Philadelphia and around the country in recent years. Two…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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