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    • Port Richmond, new construction | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Cindy Bass proposes eliminating 10-year tax abatement

On Wednesday afternoon, Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass surprised her colleagues by circulating a bill that would end the city’s 10-year property tax abatement for any projects begun after Oct. 31,…

    • 4th and Bainbridge streets, Photo by Eyes on the Street
Eyes on the Street

An education in how to be a better neighborhood advocate

Learning how Philly government works can be a circuitous and sometimes frustrating thing. In my experience, it takes years. It takes walking the halls of City Hall, hours of random conversations…

    • 709-713 Chestnut Street rendering

Favored to rise at 709 Chestnut St.: A 27-story condo tower

A condo tower proposed for 709 Chestnut St. received glowing reviews from the Civic Design Review Committee and the city’s Planning Commission staff at a presentation of the project Tuesday. The…

    • A poster board with residents' comments at SEPTA's Route 49 open house last year

In Philly, planners increasingly want to talk with you, not at you

Public planning meetings can be contentious, to say the least. Randy LoBasso would know. As the communications director for the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, he attends a lot of these…

    • Society Hill

A master plan for Society Hill proposes new design guidelines -- and downzoning

The Society Hill Civic Association has presented a new master plan to the city’s Planning Commission, a proposal encompassing both an innovative way to manage the open space that laces throughout…

    • A view of City Hall and its neighbors
Eyes on the Street

Looking at Philadelphia from the prism of `The Divided City'

Author Alan Mallach will appear in conversation with PlanPhilly's Jake Blumgart from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 26 at Pipeline Philly, 30 S. 15th St.  I recently published a book called…

    • Protesters at Thursday's City Council hearing on a package of affordable-housing bills.

Activists' protest delays, but doesn't derail, affordable-housing bills

City Council President Darrell Clarke’s affordable-housing package moved forward Thursday, despite activists who occupied the council chamber for 30 minutes to protest provisions of the bills that they argue would deprive…

    • Old construction abuts new in East Kensington (Emma Lee/WHYY)

City Council brokers compromise with developers on new construction tax and incentives for affordable housing

Philadelphia City Council announced on Wednesday — the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act — an ambitious package of affordable housing bills, including a new tax on construction. The legislation…

    • Darrell Clarke | Emma Lee/WHYY

Darrell Clarke: I’ll 'entertain' Temple's stadium proposal if and when the community supports it

For the past couple months, protests against Temple University’s proposed 35,000-seat stadium have dominated the public comment period customary at every meeting of the City Council. Project opponents have called, repeatedly,…

    • Later this summer a sharrow will likely replace the 10th Street bike lane in Chinatown.

A new plan for Chinatown

Philadelphia’s Chinatown is a mere 0.3 square miles, a postage stamp community that nonetheless enjoys an impressive purchase on the city’s psyche. As Center City booms around it, this little ethnic…

    • Sharswood rowhouses, February 2016 | Kimberly Paynter/WHYY

Why does Philadelphia love downzoning so much?

Following the Planning Commission’s approval two weeks ago, a raft of zoning remapping bills sailed through a breezy City Council hearing on Tuesday. There were no questions from the arrayed councilmembers…

    • 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…

    • Gregory Heller with Eastwick Planning Study Steering Committe

Eastwick starts community-oriented planning process hoping to rewrite the history of urban renewal

A new era started this Tuesday for neighbors in Eastwick. For the first time ever, representatives from the community sat at the same table with city planners and agencies to decide…

    • Chinatown parking lot

City to weigh 'social impact' of development proposals on public land

The Redevelopment Authority will release a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the surface parking lot at 8th and Race streets on Friday morning. The parcel is 140,000 square feet, a vast…

    • 22nd & South | Steve Ives on Flickr

Council adopts zoning changes allowing more density in Center City

City Council voted on Thursday to approve a bill that allows slightly taller and denser buildings at key corner properties in Center City. The bill has been in the works for…

    • German kids bike

July 16: Philly housing market round-up | German ideas to steal | Toomey's transportation funding idea

Single-family housing sales and prices are up all over the city, and Kevin Gillen says the market saw "its best quarter in ten years this past spring." Citywide, one-bedroom rents…

    • Mayor Nutter at Papal Visit Transportation Conference

Is Philadelphia underestimating how many will come to see Pope Francis?

Donna Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of the Families, described Pope Francis as comforting during today’s press conference on public transportation options when the Holy Father visits on September…

    • A pedestrian walks by a gated lot located along Washington Ave. in Southwest Center City. | Photo: Neal Santos

Planners endorse temporary zoning overlay for Washington Ave.

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to recommend a new zoning overlay for Washington Avenue west of Broad Street. The measure is intended as a temporary bulwark to keep…

    • Traffic on the Parkway

SE Pennsylvania is driving less even as economy grows, bucking regional and national trends

A few weeks ago, I received a seemingly random email with the subject: “Interested in Test Driving a New GM Vehicle?” Assuming it was spam and not interested in buying a…

    • City Council President Darrell Clarke

Darrell Clarke wants to restructure the government. Does anybody else?

It wasn’t hostility that filled the Council Chambers last month, when the committee on law and government held a hearing to consider a proposal to restructure the local government and create…

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