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    • Mayor Nutter announces Century 21 department store will open at former Strawbridges

Century 21 department store to open at former Strawbridge's

Attention, Philadelphia shoppers! New York City-based Century 21 department store is coming to the former Strawbridges building this fall. This, said Mayor Michael Nutter, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger…

    • Venice Island: 156 luxury apartments coming. Bass Slabbers for Newsworks

Manayunk's Venice Island in final months of redevelopment

The relentless winter that slowed Mother Nature's clock this spring also delayed manmade projects. Venice Island — the $46 million complex designed for stormwater management, recreational activities, and performing arts in…

    • 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…

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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 Philadelphia is often seen as a city that has outdated local controls, which in turn delays the development approval process.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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