• Benjamin Franklin Bridge - January 20, 2013. Paul Drzal.

Governor Wolf to veto DRPA reform bill over senate confirmation of appointees

Governor Tom Wolf will veto a bill passed Tuesday aimed at reforming the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) over a single provision that would give the Pennsylvania State Senate confirmation power…

    • Shells | Jukie Bot, EOTS Flickr Grou

Henon bill targets chronic problem property owners

On Thursday City Council will consider a bill introduced by 6th District Councilman Bobby Henon that would give the city’s property maintenance code some additional punch. The legislation would introduce a…

    • Drexel dorm | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Council eyes expansion of prevailing wage law for building service employees

Philadelphia is one of only a handful of municipalities in the country with a prevailing wage law for building services workers, which requires that janitors and security guards employed in large…



Government is an inescapable authority in urban planning.  This relationship largely arose out of necessity; one example is the creation of Euclidean zoning in American cities, where smoke-billowing factories where built across the street from high-density residential neighborhoods, which proved to have drastic health impacts.  The government’s function has always been to uphold citizen’s basic health, safety and welfare, and it is likely that you would hear different responses from different people as to how successfully government meets this requirement.  Each government approaches this requirement differently, with various committees, task forces, and agencies.  What has proved important in planning efforts in recent years is that there is a clear vehicle for public input to contribute to a process led by or funded by government.



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