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City Council approves Land Bank’s first two property transfers

City Council unanimously adopted a pair of resolutions today authorizing the Philadelphia Land Bank to make its first two property transfers. There is symbolism in the first pair of properties to…

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On the Record: Q&A with Greg Heller, director of Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority

Last month, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority selected Greg Heller, an author and community development professional, to serve as its executive director. Heller takes over for Brian Abernathy, who left the PRA…

    • Rittenhouse Square lot

What's driving Philly's rising land values?

What’s vacant land in Philly actually worth? Kevin Gillen, the chief economist of Meyers Research, and Guy Thigpen, director of analytic services for the Philadelphia Land Bank, gave a presentation at…

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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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