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    • Fishtown zoning meeting on St. Laurentius reuse, September 20, 2016 | Brad Larrison for WHYY

Sleeping with the fishes: Fishtown Neighbors Association suspends operations after lawsuit causes insurance premium spike

Over the weekend, one of Philadelphia’s most visible civic organizations, Fishtown Neighbors Association (FNA), announced they would be suspending their activities. At the beginning of September , the community group received…

    • Gregory Heller, executive director of Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, told the resident the city will respect the outcomes of the study.

Ten months into planning process, Eastwick residents remain wary and divided

Eastwick’s Penrose Elementary School gym was packed and hot on last  Wednesday night, and it wasn’t because of a game. The school, located on 78th street, just two blocks from Cobbs…

    • West District map

West Philly residents plan, in the hopes they won't get planned for

On Tuesday night, at West Philadelphia High School, a committed core of community leaders and civic activists came together to vote on the priorities for the West District plan. The citywide…

    • Vacancy of Major Commercial Corridors and Centers, from the preliminary draft of North District Plan

In North Philly, neighbors and the Philadelphia City Planning Commission look to the future

On Monday night, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission held its final public meeting about the North District, which covers many of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. The open house offered a glimpse…

    • Schuylkill River flooding, May 2014 | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group

Harvey-level damage probably won’t happen in Philadelphia, but intense flooding already does

The heart-wrenching scenes from Houston’s devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath have started a national discussion about flood control and water management. Experts and city authorities say it’s unlikely…

    • East and West Fairmount Park -- Kelly Drive

Hunting Park offers a preview of Rebuild

Earlier this summer, 6abc Action News ran a headline that was familiar to a lot of longtime residents of North Philadelphia: “Man Dies After Shooting in Hunting Park.” The…

    • Paine Plaza

Before design community, chief of new Department of Planning & Development charts course ahead for Philly’s real estate development

The myriad departments overseeing property development in Philadelphia have acted like islands, marooned on different floors of government buildings. But a recent tidal shift has ended their isolation: the new Department…

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

Five years into remapping process, City Council has yet to rezone half of the city

The remapping of Philadelphia’s neighborhood zoning is unfolding at a halting pace, although the process picked up speed in the last year, according to data presented at a Planning Commission meeting…

    • Some of the Acela train sets are 15 to 16 years old. At best, Amtrak expects their lifetime to be about 20 years

Can new federal plan really bring high-speed rail to Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor?

Taking them might beat driving, but trains on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (NEC) are not very fast. It takes about an hour and fifteen minutes to get to New York from Philadelphia…

    • 2016 rendering of K4 development 'Liberty on the River' | Barton Partners

Cry me a River: Central Delaware advocates debate changes to waterfront zoning, height limits

Thursday night, the Central Delaware Advocacy Group (CDAG) gathered to hear Mark Squilla explain his  proposal to allow the construction of  significantly taller buildings along the waterfront. In the Independence Seaport…

    • Gary Jastrzab | Jonathan Wilson for WHYY

After 37 years of planning ahead, retiring Planning Commission chief Gary Jastrzab takes a look back

2017 was Gary Jastrzab’s 37th year at the Philadelphia City Planning Commission; it’s also his last. Jastrzab joined the institution right out of the University of Pennsylvania’s planning school in 1980,…

Philadelphia reorganizes development-related agencies into single Department of Planning and Development

In a reorganization this week, most of Philadelphia’s distinct housing, development, and planning agencies have been officially united under a single Department of Planning and Development. The department will be divided…

    • Cobbs Creek Parkway flooding, April 2014 | AP

StateImpact PA: How one Philadelphia neighborhood battles rising tides

Joining dozens of communities across the country Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced Wednesday he has committed the city to the goal of using 100 percent clean energy. It’s part of a…

    • 1911 Walnut - Sansom Street rendering | Southern Land Company, June 2017

1911 Walnut tower plans updated as project nears final legislative approval

The Southern Land Company’s final plan for the development at 1911 Walnut Street came into clear focus at Tuesday’s meeting of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. The project will fill in…

    • Cobbs Creek | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Record turnout to kick off West District Plan

Last Thursday, at West Philadelphia High School, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission commenced its second to last district planning process. The commission began crafting district plans for every corner of the…

    • brookings cover

Brookings report calls for more local investment to unleash 'innovation district' potential

Before a room packed with Philadelphia’s business elites Thursday morning, Brookings Institution researchers described the city as standing on the precipice of greatness. All it will take is a little leap…

    • Powelton Village

Planning Commission weighs in on micro-apartments, RCO rule changes, and rezoning bills

The May meeting of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission tackled 22 agenda items, including a raft of rezonings and the continuing evolution of rules for Registered Community Organizations. Redevelopment Agreement for…

    • Municipal Services Building | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Ballot Question: Should Philadelphia have a Community Reinvestment Commission?

On Tuesday voters will decide whether they like the sound of amending the city’s charter to create the Philadelphia Community Reinvestment Commission. This new commission is the brainchild of City Council…

    • Royal Theater redevelopment: view from South Street | May 2017 Civic Design Review, JKRP

Royal Theater’s replacement passes design review

May’s Civic Design Review (CDR) was all sweetness and light, with both a new multi-family development on City Avenue and the redevelopment of the Royal Theater winning quick support from the…

    • Eastwick's neighbors expressed their needs at public planning meeting

Eastwick’s neighbors demand full inclusion in planning process for 189 vacant acres

The scars left by an urban renewal process gone sour made themselves visible at the first public planning meeting for a new initiative in Eastwick on Monday night at St. Paul's AME…

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