Real Estate Development

    • Logan neighborhood planning at Beloved St. John Evangelistic Church

Goldenberg Group selected to redevelop Logan Triangle

Ken Goldenberg has been selected to redevelop the long-vacant Logan Triangle with a mixed-use project of undisclosed dimensions and specifications. The Triangle is a 40-acre sprawl of grass, trees and shrubs…

    • DVNLRN, Photo by Jeremy Marshall

Divine Lorraine retrospective: Restoration anticipation

To contextualize how momentous today's Divine Lorraine groundbreaking is, consider that a search for Divine Lorraine stories on PlanPhilly turned up 103 results, totaling 11 pages of content. Some of these…

    • First African Baptist

Committee recommends historic protection for First African Baptist

A committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission has recommended that the embattled First African Baptist Church at 16th and Christian streets in South Philadelphia qualifies as a historically significant building and…



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 Philadelphia is often seen as a city that has outdated local controls, which in turn delays the development approval process.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



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