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    • 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…

    • The illegal boarding house at 1855 N 21 St., site of a deadly March fire.

Small post-fire rooming-house reforms advance in City Council

Since the rooming-house fire that killed four people in March, Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections has been pushing for legislative reforms to change how the city regulates group living facilities.…

    • The Amos Barnes house

New development controls proposed for a hidden gem of the Northwest

New limits on development are in the works for a leafy Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood best known for its proximity to the sprawling park with which it shares a name. The Wissahickon…

    • 600  University Avenue

A mysterious zoning bill hints at a high-rise future for one of University City's last large undeveloped parcels

When drivers exit University City, headed to the Schuylkill Expressway, they breeze past a ghostly Mid-century Modern motel building at 600 University Avenue. Marooned at the edge of the University of…

    • 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…

    • The illegal boarding house at 1855 N 21 St., site of a deadly March fire.

L&I commissioner: Boarding houses aren’t going away. Philly neighborhoods need to make room for them

Philadelphia’s Licenses & Inspections Commissioner David Perri thinks that the city’s zoning code is “inadvertently” encouraging property owners to illegally carve dwellings into multi-unit boarding houses. The regulations skirted by such…

    • Sharswood rowhouses, February 2016 | Kimberly Paynter/WHYY
Eyes on the Street

Mapping affordable housing, crime or development in your Philadelphia neighborhood? Two new tools have you covered.

By Ken Steif I was recently asked to join my neighborhood Registered Community Organization (RCO) – the Spruce Hill Community Association in West Philly. At my first meeting, a University of Pennsylvania…

    • 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,…

    • Partiers revel at The Dolphin Tavern in South Philadelphia.

City mulls new license to booze that would keep Philly bars open until 4 a.m.

Should Philadelphia’s bars stay open until 4:00 a.m.? Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown thinks so, as long as tax dollars from those late night drinks go to the School District of Philadelphia.…

    • 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…

    • Darrell Clarke

Clarke Park: Council President wants builders to make more space for cars

In the last City Council session before summer recess, City Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a bill that might reopen the battle over parking in Philadelphia. The proposed legislation would double…

    • PPA lot at 1339 South 12th Street| Dena Driscoll

Parking Authority plan to put billboards on neighborhood parking lots contested

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) wants to make a little extra cash by selling advertising space in a handful of its parking lots and garages. Community activists, who don’t want billboards…

    • RCO Map detail

Council still reworking rules for community orgs in development process

Friday’s Rules Committee hearing centered on two bills related to Registered Community Organizations (RCOs), neighborhood groups that are deeply embedded in Philadelphia’s development process. RCOs are geographically-specific organizations, created as part…

    • Walking Uptown, 16th and Ridge

Francisville downzoning objections come to Council too late

The public comment period near the end of each City Council session is rarely a forum for reasoned criticisms of pending legislation. If a critic enjoys the clout or the know-how,…

    • Tacony Music Hall (file)

Tacony sex-positive community center will proceed without zoning relief

On Wednesday the sex-positive community center proposed for the Tacony Music Hall was slated to go before the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA). Instead it asked for a continuance, pushing the…

    • Planner David Fecteau discussing zoning changes with Somerset Neighbors for Better Living, January 2017

Scrap yard fight in Kensington won't end with rezoning

On Monday night, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) gave the members of Somerset Neighbors for Better Living (SNBL) some good news regarding the future of three scrap yards located north…

    • Dumpster Pool

August 1: Speeding up Amtrak on the cheap | 100 years of zoning | Dumpster pool

Alon Levy offers some cheaper alternatives to some of the budget-busting proposals in Amtrak's NEC Futures plan. One idea: fixing Frankford Junction to cut travel times between New York and…

    • Seymour Toll, June 2016 | Emily Cohen for NewsWorks

Learning from 'Zoned American'

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of New York City’s zoning code, the first time such a comprehensive policy was implemented in America. Over the course of the 1920s, the trend swept…

    • Brian O'Neill zoning

O'Neill bill would codify councilmanic prerogative in subdivision process

A new bill from 10th District Councilman Brian O’Neill could write councilmanic prerogative into the city’s routine planning procedures first time, by shifting power over property subdivisions that the city charter…

    • Mantua

May 4: Debating the constitutionality of Philly's wage tax | Wolf wants Uber fine lowered | Downzoning Mantua

Michael S. Knoll and Ruth Mason argue in the Penn Law Review that, as currently constructed, the Philadelphia wage tax is unconstitutional and vulnerable to challenge. They propose tax reforms that…

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