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Mayors: Common problems, similar solutions

Previous conference coverage March 28 Mayors and representatives from four industrial cities which have similar problems associated with crime, housing, planning, regionalism and infrastructure talked about the potential that some best practice solutions…

Inquirer: Toronto trip an eye-opener for Philly transit types

March 28Inquirer: Philadelphia group travels to Toronto to check out that city's transit system.

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Philanthropy needs to reinvent itself

David Abbott So how does place matter?  The value of open spaces March 27By Thomas J. WalshFor PlanPhilly More than ever before, charitable foundations have the resources and the…

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The value of urban open spaces

March 26 By Thomas J. WalshFor PlanPhilly Jack Linn is a New Yorker and a former taxi driver, and true to form, his ability to crack wise is acute. That’s…

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So how does place matter?

Deputy Philadelphia mayor Andrew Altman and former Torino mayor Valentino Castellani March 26 By Thomas J. WalshFor PlanPhilly We live in a metro nation, and the key to American prosperity…

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ZCC ready for first major step

ZCC member John Binswanger is eager for the commission to act.  March 26 By Matt BlanchardFor PlanPhilly It’s easy to look down the crowded table of the Zoning Code Commission…

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Boulevard of contradictions

Photo courtesy of Brad Maule/ March 24This is the first in a series of articles on plans aimed at restructuring or re-designing certain parts of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway,…

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New day dawns for the PCPC

March 18By Thomas WalshFor PlanPhilly With a minimum of ceremony, new city planning and commerce czar Andrew Altman was sworn in as a commissioner Tuesday at the March meeting…

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Building for transit-based living

Lumber Yard Condos in Collingswood, NJ. March 17 By Seth BudickFor PlanPhilly If you are a resident of Philadelphia, you can be forgiven if the term transit-oriented development (TOD) does…

Encouraging transit-oriented development

March 17  By Seth Budickfor PlanPhilly By passing the Transit Revitalization Investment District (TRID) Act in 2004, Pennsylvania took a step towards encouraging transit-oriented development.  This legislation enables local…

Fumo will step down after term

Fumo says he won't run again due to federal investigation. Read the announcement and the statement Fumo made at Wednesday's press conference:

ZCC wants more time, new director

Commissioner Peter Kelsen and the Philadelphia zoning code March 12 With less than four months left to rewrite Philadelphia's 1962 zoning code, the Zoning Code Commission voted unanimously Wednesday morning to…

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Activists: Casinos carry hidden costs

March 12  By Natalie Pompilio and Thomas J. WalshFor PlanPhilly Gov. Ed Rendell and those who support building slots casinos along the Philadelphia waterfront point to the millions in…

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Foxwoods doesn't fit, Steinberg says

March 11 By Kellie Patrick Gates For PlanPhilly Foxwoods Casino, as it’s currently designed, does not belong on its proposed waterfront site, said the executive director of the organization that guided…

Rules Committee challenges Foxwoods

March 10 By Thomas J. WalshFor PlanPhilly In lengthy testimony Monday, parties representing the city, neighborhood civic associations and the proposed Foxwoods Casino on Columbus Boulevard in South Philadelphia gave…

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Demolition Alert: Stephen Girard Building

March 7By Matt BlanchardFor PlanPhillyDemolition Alert:  The Stephen Girard Office Building19-25 South 12th Street Built:                     1896Architect:              John Hamilton WindrimThreat level:       …

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Politics, development and reform

March 6 Previous coverageBy Matt BlanchardFor PlanPhilly They may never run an “After School Special” dealing with real estate development in Philadelphia, but at least we have a working…

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Center City District weighs in on congestion

March 5 By Natalie PompilioFor PlanPhilly     The good news: Center City is booming, with more businesses, residences and restaurants than ever before. The growth shows no sign of…

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