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Vacant Property

    • The Bridge, 205 Race | Brown Hill Development

After a long road, 205 Race project expected to break ground

As Philly Mag and The Inquirer both reported this week, Brown Hill Development will finally break ground next next month on a 148-unit apartment complex at 2nd and Race streets in…

    • City Hall | Jeremy Marshall, EOTS Flickr Group

Three big things we learned from Pew's report on Councilmanic prerogative

This week, the Pew Charitable Trusts released a report detailing the history and impacts of a political tradition known locally as Councilmanic prerogative. The term refers to a practice, which isn’t…

    • Abigail Vare Elementary School

Maryland developers see opportunity in Philly's institutional shells

A group of real estate investors from Bethesda, Maryland, are betting big on Philadelphia schools—the closed ones, anyway. In the next few months, Concordia Group expects to close on a deal…

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ABOUT VACANT PROPERTY

How many vacant lots are there in Philadelphia? The question seems so simple.

The answer, however, is not. Take "40,000," the number most frequently cited in recent news articles. That count first began to circulate widely after appearing in a study in 2010 by Econsult.

Or "24,000 to 25,000," the number of vacant properties identified by the city's Department of Licenses & Inspections in preparation for a new push to bring privately owned blighted properties into compliance, as City Paper recently reported.

But do a little digging, and you'll find that both numbers are really only rough estimates. In fact, you'll quickly discover a startling fact: No one knows exactly how many vacant properties there are here. And as the Nutter administration tries to come up with a comprehensive policy around vacant land, that elusive number represents a question mark in its equations.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN VACANT PROPERTY

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