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    • Robert and Barbara Latimore | Max Marin

Years after eminent domain in Hawthorne trauma lingers for some

Long before the Philadelphia Housing Authority set out to remake Sharswood, it rebuilt a section of Hawthorne, a neighborhood tucked just east of Broad below South Street. Hawthorne’s public housing…

    • City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and Ori Feibush (NewsWorks file photos)

Philadelphia City Council members brush off jury's verdict in Feibush v. Johnson

Philadelphia City Council members are brushing off a federal jury's ruling Wednesday that one of their colleagues abused his power over land use.  That power, known as "councilmanic prerogative," allows council…

    • City Hall south

Wage tax relief for Philadelphians working out of state expected, scope of budget impact unknown

Seven Philadelphia residents have challenged the constitutionality of Philadelphia’s wage tax, which levies residents’ incomes earned outside of Pennsylvania. And, according to a recent essay in the University of Pennsylvania Law…

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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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