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Should words other than 'Master' be used to describe long-range plans?

Community activists say some African-Americans find the term Master Plan offensive. Some PCPC members say using another word is worth discussing, not only for the activists' reasons, but because the term's…

    • Hamilton's estate was the first example of Federal architecture in the country
Eyes on the Street

Have a say in The Woodlands' future

How do you balance the sensitivity required to operate an active cemetery, with the need to preserve and share the rich history of what was once a 600-acre West Philadelphia estate,…

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Mt. Sinai zoning variance appeal dropped; no word on huge residential project's status

An appeal of the zoning variances granted to the developer hoping to turn Dickinson Square West's vacant Mt. Sinai Hospital into a large residential development is being withdrawn. The appeal document…

    • Aerial rendering of the new Penn's Landing, © Hargreaves Associates & redsquare

Waterfront study says $250-million Penn's Landing investment would return $1.6 billion

Hargreaves also shows new images of how a new Penn's Landing Park and two new waterfront neighborhoods might look; The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation says fundraising starts immediately. Building a four-acre…

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Central Northeast Plan complete; work beginning in Lower Northwest

The Central Northeast section of the city has a new long-range plan focused on improving business districts, making it easier to walk or take public transit, and preserving single-family homes and…

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AAA will take Pennsport auto service center idea to planning commission

AAA hopes to convince the Philadelphia City Planning Commission that its plans for an auto service/repair shop are a good fit for South Columbus Boulevard, even though the city's long-range plans…

    • The current condition of the Festival Pier site

Northern Liberties to be remapped

Last week, City Councilman Mark Squilla introduced a bill that would update the zoning maps for the area bounded roughly by Spring Garden Street, Girard Avenue, Front Street, and Third Street,…

    • Lighting and art concept for underpass portion of the Spring Garden Connector project

Design unveiled for Spring Garden Connector

The well-used, but poorly lit space beneath the Spring Garden Street overpass – site of both a busy Market-Frankford El stop and bus stop – would become bright, colorful and floral…

    • The proposed Delaware Ave. site for a Piazza Group car dealership

Waterfront advocates, planners red light two car-related projects

A third gets green because it fits well with the waterfront, they say Three proposed businesses are taking zoning laws that ban certain auto-related uses from the Central Delaware Waterfront on…

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PCPC supports apartments at Broad and Callowhill, demands better response to design committee

Developers Hanover North Broad and Parkway Corporation got the support of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission for the 12 zoning variances they will need to build 339 apartments in two buildings…

    • Team Auto Civitas: The Auto Civitas team: Ida Qu (left) and Zhen Qin

Q-n-A with some Bacon student competition winners

Competitors in the Bacon Award's student design competition examined how autonomous cars would shape the future of a city or regional site. Their presentations had to address six areas of potential…

    • Auto Civitas Vision

Ed Bacon competition examines Philly with driver-less cars

Student winners include teams from Cornell, Penn and the University of Texas; Former Mayor and Governor Rendell gets Edmund N. Bacon Prize What would life in Philadelphia look like if cars,…

    • DRWC statement of net position

DRWC's annual audit

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation earlier this month adopted its annual financial statements and audit report. The documents included information about the past three fiscal years, 2011, 2012 and 2013, but…

    • Lower North investment

PCPC reviews plans for Central Northeast, Lower North neighborhoods

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission reviewed district-level comprehensive plans for the Lower North and Central Northeast sections of Philadelphia Tuesday. District-level plans apply the goals and concepts of the city-wide comprehensive…

    • Skateboarders gathered near the Love statue on The Top part of the park

Planning Commission says no to medical office bans, yes to LOVE Park garage transfer

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to oppose a bill that would amend the zoning code to prohibit all new medical and dental offices in the first Councilmanic…

    • Columbia Connector West of I-95, showing wolf and turkey

Waterfront agency, advocacy group review projects

Both the Central Delaware Advocacy Group and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation spent much of their first meetings of 2014 reviewing the status of on-going waterfront projects. DRWC is the quasi-city…

    • Fall 2013 CPI Graduates

Community leaders discuss the power of planning at Philadelphia2035 update

A few weeks ago, feeling ruminative and tasked with summing up a year’s worth of zoning and development news, I took to these pages and described a specter haunting Philadelphia: reform…

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Lower North Plan gets warmer reception at final public meeting

There weren't  big changes in the latest version of the Lower North District plan presented last week at Temple's Howard Gittis Student Center. But reaction to the plan was more positive…

    • Co-Sign on our Lifetime, Photo by Phillytrax
Eyes on the Street

December 5: All eyes on Land Bank, City Council | DRPA hikes budget, not tolls | Bridesburg Trail nearing construction | Passyunk Square Civic Association celebrates 10th year

Hello Streeters! Today's temperature could hit an alarming 63 degrees. With only two full City Council hearings remaining before the new year, today could be decision day for the city's land…

    • About 40 people gave planners input at the final Central Northeast meeting

Suggestions, praise, criticism at final Central Northeast meeting

Highlights of a still-under-construction draft plan calling for strengthened commercial corridors in Fox Chase/Rockledge, Five Points and Rhawnhurst, better mass transit, and a safer Roosevelt Boulevard for all who use or…

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