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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)

Planning Commission walks back changes for steep slopes, tweaks registered community organization regulations

Last Tuesday, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted against new regulations—regulations the Commission staff itself proposed—which would have streamlined the approval process for smaller projects subject to special zoning requirements for…

    • 30th Street Station Plaza view from east

A bold vision for 30th Street Station District unveiled, but can reality meet the ambitions?

“Go West, young man.” So exhorted Horace Greeley 150 years ago, borrowing those words from another writer to embrace and celebrate American manifest destiny. They are words the Pennsylvania Railroad took…

    • Elmwood Park

Lower Southwest District Plan adopted by commission

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to adopt the Lower Southwest District Plan--the 12th of 18 District Plans to be completed as part of the city’s Philadelphia 2035…

    • City Council should approve a new zoning code on Thursday.

O’Neill bill to codify councilmanic prerogative amended, but opposition remains

Councilman Brian O’Neill’s bill requiring a district councilmember’s support for any proposed subdivision was amended during a Rules Committee hearing on Tuesday, but the proposed changes failed to ameliorate the bill’s…

    • Frederick Street | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Northwest residents boo changes to ‘steep slope’ zoning code, RCO rules debated

In a public hearing Monday, community organizers from neighborhoods in Northwest Philadelphia expressed unanimous disapproval of the City Planning Commission’s proposed changes to the “steep slope” provisions in the zoning code,…

    • Ridge Flats, rendering looking north | May 2016

Ridge Flats gets okay from Civic Design Review

In offering two pages of detailed commentary, they did not go easily into that good night. Still, the Civic Design Review Board (CDR) eased the way for Ridge Flats, a mixed-use…

    • Brian O'Neill zoning

O'Neill bill would codify councilmanic prerogative in subdivision process

A new bill from 10th District Councilman Brian O’Neill could write councilmanic prerogative into the city’s routine planning procedures first time, by shifting power over property subdivisions that the city charter…

    • Jane's Walk '15
Eyes on the Street

May 6-8: Join us for Jane's Walk 2016

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”  ― Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities What’s inspiring in…

    • Courtesy of Greg Heller

On the Record: Q&A with Greg Heller, director of Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority

Last month, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority selected Greg Heller, an author and community development professional, to serve as its executive director. Heller takes over for Brian Abernathy, who left the PRA…

    • These garages on Lombard Street (an RM-1 district) provide residential parking, but came at a cost: one extra long curb cut that took away on-street parking and created a boring pedestrian environment

Parking rules questioned at City Council budget hearing

“I’m just concerned about the density, and I’m really concerned about the parking,” Council President Darrell Clarke said Tuesday morning, addressing Planning Commission director Gary Jastrzab during budget hearings. “It’s a…

    • Design Matters - Greenberger & Fadullon - March 29, 2016

Design Matters: Anne Fadullon and Alan Greenberger

Tuesday evening PlanPhilly and the Design Advocacy Group hosted the first in a series of conversations we're presenting this year called Design Matters. PlanPhilly reporter Jared Brey interviewed Alan Greenberger…

    • The former Inquirer building sits just west of the bridge at 400 N. Broad Street

Former Inquirer building and surrounding properties to be rezoned

The City Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to recommend two bills rezoning the former Inquirer building on North Broad, the Philadelphia School District Headquarters, and a small surface parking lot at…

    • Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez talks rezoning and St. Bonfiace at a pitched community meeting on Monday night.

Reckoning ahead on rules for Registered Community Organizations

On Tuesday, the City Planning Commission voted to recommend a bill that would authorize the Commission to create a code of conduct for Registered Community Organizations (RCOs), civic associations and other…

    • Rendering of the new entrance to reopened tunnel between 30th Street Station and SEPTA's subway and trolley station

30th Street Station District draft plan: Reopen SEPTA tunnel by 2020, cap rail yards by 2050

The 30th Street Station District team released a draft plan for overhauling the station and the surrounding area in advance of the plan’s penultimate public feedback meeting, which will be…

    • Schuylkill Yards

With new Schuylkill Yards, Drexel and Brandywine promise development without displacement

Standing before a room packed with Philadelphia’s preeminent businessmen, power lawyers, labor leaders, and politicians, Drexel University President John Fry unveiled Schuylkill Yards, a 14-acre, $3.5 billion plan to create a…

    • Brown Street, Francisville | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Francisville rezoning delayed, Fadullon sworn in as Planning Commission chair

Anne Fadullon, the city’s new Director of Planning and Development, was sworn in as a member of the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. Immediately after being sworn in, Fadullon was nominated…

    • Sharswood-Blumberg area | PHA

Parsing the Housing Authority's plans for Sharswood

Ten years and $675 million. That’s what the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) is planning to spend on transforming Sharswood, the North Philadelphia neighborhood surrounding the Norman Blumberg public-housing complex, according to…

    • Jim Kenney, January 13, 2016

Kenney strikes note of continuity at annual Planning Commission gathering

“The cynics will say that people don’t care about their neighborhoods or what’s going on in their neighborhoods, and they’re wrong, because look around this room,” said Mayor Jim Kenney,  speaking…

    • Draft Tier 1 EIS Alternative 3 - Transform

FRA presents expensive, alternative futures for Amtrak's Northeast Corridor

Long train rides have an almost magical ability to free the rider’s thoughts from quotidian concerns, to let one’s mind wander unworried with the primary task at hand, arrival at some…

    •  15 Trolley, 15th and Girard | Theresa Stigale

It's been a bumpy ride. Philly Transportation: A Year in Review

As 2015 draws to a close, it’s only natural to look back and reflect. Virtually every news story you’ll read this week, including this one, is some variant of “A Year…

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