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Development

    • Rendering of the Destination Frankford Gallery, opening April 19, and the park next door, to be completed next year.

Using art, creativity - and free food and music - to make Frankford a destination

A vacant Frankford storefront will this weekend become a pop-up gallery. Its first exhibit - art created from trash and other discarded items - is metaphoric for the ongoing adaptive reuse…

    • Part of the proposed Wynn site

Waterfront advocates taking aim at zoning changes that linger without the development that inspired them

If a development isn't built, any zoning changes that were granted for it should expire, say members of an advocacy group that defends the city's goals for the Central Delaware Waterfront.…

    • Local IBEW 98 pickets near the Trolley Car Diner. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks, file)

Opinion: Congresswoman Schwartz, here's a leadership opportunity for you

To Congresswoman Allyson Y. Schwartz: Why is IBEW Local 98 picketing Northwest Philadelphia developer Ken Weinstein’s Trolley Car Diner? Because a union contractor was not able to bid competitively on Weinstein’s…

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ABOUT DEVELOPMENT

Though it often has a negative connotation, development represents the absolutely crucial element of demand to use the urban form. Once completed, the development project ends up helping to define the built environment for future generations. Without development, there would be no city to plan. Despite the stigma often attached to it, development can meet both community needs and earn a profit when its design and program contributes to the larger urban framework.

It is important that development be regulated so that it supports the public health, safety, and welfare of a neighborhood, though this can be difficult to achieve today given the pressures facing the public sector due to rising social services needs and decreasing tax bases. Private developers often have leverage in these cases, which can lead to some unhealthy compromises that negatively affect our built environment. It is possible for development to be over-regulated, which often discourages investors from investing in particular cities. Philadelphia is often seen as a city that has outdated local controls, which in turn delays the development approval process. However, the re-zoning process currently underway by the Zoning Code Commission should go a long way in addressing this.  The goal is to set standards that encourage a balance of public good and private development.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN DEVELOPMENT

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