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    • Streets Department Budget Hearing (From L to R: Dep. Comm. of Sanitation Carlton Williams, Comm. Donald Carlton, Dept. Comm. of Trans. Mike Carroll, Dep. Comm. of Admin. Christopher Newman)

Council largely skips Streets Department budget hearing

City Council had few pointed questions for the Streets Department brass at yesterday’s budget hearing. Instead, two less critical questions of the same flavor dominated: How can my district get more…

    • clouds over rowhouses

2017 property tax assessments shift more value to land

This month property owners began receiving their 2017 assessments. For some the new assessments were bewildering, particularly because the city has changed its approach to assessing land value. PlanPhilly got a…

    • These garages on Lombard Street (an RM-1 district) provide residential parking, but came at a cost: one extra long curb cut that took away on-street parking and created a boring pedestrian environment

Parking rules questioned at City Council budget hearing

“I’m just concerned about the density, and I’m really concerned about the parking,” Council President Darrell Clarke said Tuesday morning, addressing Planning Commission director Gary Jastrzab during budget hearings. “It’s a…

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ABOUT GOVERNMENT

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN GOVERNMENT

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