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    • Frankford Avenue in Mayfair

Mayfair pushes ahead with Business Improvement District

Business and civic leaders in Mayfair are doubling down on efforts to transform a two-mile stretch of Frankford Avenue into the commercial core of Northeast Philadelphia. A bill introduced in City…

    • Disney Hole

Helen Gym wants to increase the parking tax to pay for schools. Is that a good idea?

At a time when many of the 2015 candidates for office are casting about, with varying degrees of success, for credible funding ideas for Philadelphia's beleaguered public schools, At-Large City…

    • Melissa Murray Bailey holding Cricket

Q&A: Melissa Murray Bailey on fresh perspectives, jobs, L&I and vocabulary words

Last week, PlanPhilly sat down with brand consulting executive Melissa Murray Bailey, the lone Republican candidate campaigning to be the city’s next mayor. Over a 30-minute interview held in the living…

    • Melissa Murray Bailey holding Cricket

Melissa Murray Bailey Q&A: Full Transcript

PlanPhilly: Thanks for taking the time to talk with me and PlanPhilly. We focus primarily on urbanism issues – the built environment and transportation. That being said, the first couple…

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Eyes on the Street

Streetviews: Q&A with Azavea's Robert Cheetham

For this week’s Streetviews Q&A we sat down with Robert Cheetham, founder of the civic minded geospatial and software firm Azavea, about the big opportunities ahead in open data as an…

    • Lynne Abraham

Q&A: Lynne Abraham on L&I, councilmanic prerogative, protected bike lanes and more

Last week, PlanPhilly sat down with former judge and District Attorney Lynne Abraham, one of six Democratic candidates campaigning to be the city’s next mayor. Over a 30-minute interview in Center…

    • Fairhill Colors
Eyes on the Street

Homegrown Middle Class: Taking Housing Preservation to Scale

To John Kromer the city's persistent poverty is best tackled at the neighborhood level. In a four-part series of commentaries Kromer, an urban housing and development consultant and former city housing…

    • Rittenhouse Square lot

Land taxes: What they are, and why we're hearing more about them.

Tom Ferrick took the mayoral candidates to task this morning for running on increasing school funding while running away from Michael Nutter's proposed property tax increase, and reviewed some of the…

    • Lehigh Avenue, Fairhill

Abraham wants to double the tax abatement in underdeveloped neighborhoods

Lynne Abraham says the city could simultaneously encourage growth and protect homeowners if it would double the length of the 10-year property-tax abatement in blighted and underdeveloped neighborhoods outside of Center…

    • The Taino Gardens, located on 6th and Dauphin streets, are rental developments as part of APM's developments.

Council to hold hearings on housing affordability in Philadelphia

Low-income households make up a full three quarters of Philadelphia’s population of renters, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. That statistic comes from a study on the affordability and…

    • April 2015 Sheriff Sale Map
Eyes on the Street

Homegrown Middle Class: Finding New Money

To John Kromer the city's persistent poverty is best tackled at the neighborhood level. In a four-part series of commentaries Kromer, an urban housing and development consultant and former city housing…

    • H+T Index

Why affordable housing also needs affordable transportation

Last week we looked at how cities' choices about the allocation of street space can have an impact on equity. Another area of interest worth exploring in that realm is the…

    • Anthony Williams

Q&A: Tony Williams on gentrification, consensus-building, transportation infrastructure, and more

Last week, PlanPhilly sat down with State Senator Anthony Williams, one of six candidates campaigning to be the city’s next mayor. Over a 30-minute lunch in Center City, Williams talked about…

    • BUILDPhilly

The BUILDPhilly Coalition Mayoral Forum, April 8

The BUILDPhilly Coalition Mayoral Forum Date: April 8, 2015 Time: 7:30 am - 10:00 am ULI Philadelphia has joined with 20 other nonprofit land use groups to create BUILD Philly (…

    • Figure 1: Spatial distribution of threatened affordable units, Philadelphia

Is Philadelphia in danger of losing affordable housing in high quality neighborhoods?

In its recent ‘Equitable Development Policy Platform’, PACDC cites the ‘creation and preservation of quality, affordable home choices in every part of the city’ as one of its major…

    • Licenses and Inspections team

Nutter Administration says L&I trainees' work was meant to update previous inspections

The Nutter Administration said on Monday that 600 building inspections performed in one week last month were part of a training exercise for nine new employees who were steps away from…

    • Proposed UED globe at 12th and Arch streets in Philadelphia. (Image courtesy of Catalyst)

Revolving Door Chronicles: Former Councilman lobbies Council for billboard company

On a Tuesday morning late last month, Frank DiCicco was standing in front of an improvised press table in a City Hall courtroom that was in use, temporarily, as City Council…

    • Paseo Verde
Eyes on the Street

Homegrown Middle Class: A Neighborhoods Policy for Philadelphia

To John Kromer the city's persistent poverty is best tackled at the neighborhood level. In a four-part series of commentaries Kromer, an urban housing and development consultant and former city housing…

    • The former Buck Hosiery factory's rubble and charred remains.

Nutter budget would bolster L&I, expand vacant property unit

In his final budget proposal as mayor, Michael Nutter is recommending a $5.5 million increase for the Department of Licenses and Inspections, the agency responsible for enforcing the building and zoning…

    • Doug Oliver

Q&A: Doug Oliver on the 10-year tax abatement, Vision Zero, and Philly's waterfront

We spoke with mayoral candidate Doug Oliver at his campaign office in the Bellevue earlier this week about a wide range of topics, including the role of city planning in retaining…

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