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Clarke to send planning and development re-org plan back to committee for more discussion

Council President Darrell Clarke said on Thursday that he would send his proposal to restructure the city's planning and development agencies back to committee for more discussion and amendments. The proposal, which would…

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Planning Commission approves Land Bank plan

The City Planning Commission added its approval to the first strategic plan for the Philadelphia Land Bank on Tuesday. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the plan after a presentation from John…

    • City Council President Darrell Clarke

Darrell Clarke wants to restructure the government. Does anybody else?

It wasn’t hostility that filled the Council Chambers last month, when the committee on law and government held a hearing to consider a proposal to restructure the local government and create…

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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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