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    • Lower North | Philadelphia2035

Planning Commission approves down-zoning in North Philadelphia

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission recommended approval of three bills on Tuesday that would implement portions of the Lower North District Plan, one of 18 neighborhood plans being undertaken as part…

    • Brownfields planning in Bridesburg

Bridesburg residents weigh in on brownfields planning

Bridesburg residents gathered at a catering hall Tuesday night to weigh in on the Lower Frankford Creek Watershed Brownfields Area-Wide Plan. The city was awarded a grant from the Environmental…

    • Citizens Planning Institute

Citizens Planning Institute is accepting applications for the Fall 2014 course series NOW until September 25.

Now in its fourth year, the Philadelphia CPI is the education and outreach arm of the City Planning Commission. Its mission is to empower citizens to take a more active role…

    • Figure 1: Word cloud of terms used in PlanPhilly titles

How 7,000 PlanPhilly stories can tell us where we've been, where we're going

From the introduction of William Penn’s street grid; to Ed Bacon’s Renewal-era neighborhood planning; to the challenge today of balancing growth and equity – Philadelphia’s history reflects societies’ unfinished…

    • Long-time city planner Richard Redding on his Chestnut Hill porch

Reflections on 40 years of Philadelphia City planning

Newly retired Richard Redding reflects on Northeast Philadelphia, zoning by variance and ordinance, community redevelopment and gentriciation PlanPhilly sat down with recently retired Philadelphia City Planning Commission Planning Division Director Richard…

    • Harris Steinberg / photo by Michael Ahearn

Harris Steinberg: "With time, comes change"

Cities are all about change. People come and they go. New development masks past lives. Economic pressures press on the fabric of existing neighborhoods. And old economies fall to new technologies.…

    • Renters survey

Philadelphia renters highly involved in their neighborhoods, planning survey finds

Many Philadelphia renters are highly committed to their neighborhoods, concludes a new city planning commission survey. Outside Center City, “many” becomes the majority. This and the other facts found in the …

    • Visual summary of Lower Northwest input, Wissahickon Gateway

"Protect our character!" Lower Northwest District Plan taking shape

Community participants tell planners they want to sustain open space and housing styles and density, fill in the gap in the Schuylkill Trail, focus commercial development and move a transit center.…

    • 205 Race facing north - Gluck and Partners

205 Race first Philly development to offer affordable units in exchange for more density

An Old City apartment building can get bigger because rent for 15 of its 148 apartments will be smaller. A provision in the city's new zoning code offers developers a density…

    • Girard Station TOD Overlay

The tricky politics of transit-oriented development in Northern Liberties

Last Wednesday's morning news roundup led to an interesting discussion with PlanPhilly contributor and Northern Liberties Neighbors Association President Matt Ruben about whether it was fair to characterize opposition to an…

    •  1601 Vine Street

Latter Day Saints meeting house and associated residential tower pass muster at CDR, without public art details

After reviewing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' plans for an apartment tower, townhouses, retail space and a meeting house at 1601 Vine Street, the planning commission's design…

    • Planning's man for all seasons

City can be remapped in 3 years for $3 million, Planning Commission says

Out-of-date zoning maps are bad for everybody. On the one hand, they slow down the pace of development by forcing builders to get extra approvals for projects that are appropriate for…

    • Orinoka Mills, June 2014
Eyes on the Street

Pinning future for New Kensington on Orinoka Mills reuse

The story of Orinoka Mills is tangled in the many tired, typical Philly tropes about disinvestment, deindustrialization and decrepitude. Once known for producing fine textiles, Orinoka Mills’ more recent history is…

    • Stephen Goldner presents Manayunk Main Street plan

Opinions abound over development scheme for Manayunk's Lower Main Street

A 73-apartment development proposed for Manayunk's lower Main Street is pitting some community members' and city planners' hopes for a livelier streetscape against what others say is the present and future…

    • Councilman Henon points to Fish & Boat parcel

With Dietz & Watson transaction, city looks to kickstart reindustrialization

Early last September, an 11-alarm fire destroyed a 300,000-square-foot meat-packing plant in Delanco, New Jersey, owned by Dietz & Watson, a 75-year-old company headquartered in Northeast Philadelphia. Firefighters fought the blaze…

    • Moving On. | Julia Rowe, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

Interface Studio to develop Land Bank Strategic Plan

Philly passed a new milestone on the long road to realizing its future Land Bank: On Friday the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation’s Board of directors voted to name Philadelphia-based Interface Studio…

    • Lower Northwest: A different kind of vacancy. Courtesy PCPC

In Lower Northwest Philadelphia, a different kind of vacancy

In rural Shawmont Valley, the empty spaces aren't abandoned houses or factories, but former agricultural land. The Lower Northwest District Plan will look at preservation. Other issues in the district that…

    • philadelphia zoning map

Remapping is what's happening: Committee approves a slate of zoning changes

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission has been working for more than three years on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood remapping process that’s intended to update the city’s zoning maps to reflect the types of…

    • 30th Street Station

Amtrak launches 30th Street Station master planning

The Porch at 30th Street, the renovated Internal Revenue Service 30th Street campus, the Schuylkill River Trail and suggestions to develop air rights above SEPTA and Amtrak rail yards:  How can…

    • Lower North plan zoning recomendations, west of Broad

Lower North Plan recommends gentrification impact study, speedier transit, protection of single-family blocks

The image above, taken from the Lower North PCPC presentation, shows proposed changes west of Broad Street. See more maps and other images within the full presentation, included beneath this article.…

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