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    • 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…

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

At HUD, Diaz opinion marked shift in public housing development

By the time Nelson Diaz was appointed general counsel for the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the early 1990s, the federal government was about ready to give up on…

    • Its A Show | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group
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…

    • Logan commercial corner, Photo by Phillytrax

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…

    • Darrell Clarke | Newsworks photo

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…

    • Courtesy of George Matysik

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…

    • 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…

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