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Vacant Property

    • Broad and Washington | Passyunk Post

Blatstein plans at Broad & Washington to get nudge in Council

This may sound ridiculous, but the lot at the corner of Broad Street and Washington Avenue is the marquee vacant property in South Philadelphia. On Thursday, City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson will…

    • 1300 Fairmount | Cope Linder Architects

New York builders plan grocery store and apartments in Divine Lorraine's backyard

Clues have been popping up for months that something big may be coming to the large, long-vacant, fenced-off lot at 13th and Fairmount, behind the old Divine Lorraine Hotel. This week,…

    • 2459 Kensington Ave. | Google

Committee authorizes city to buy waterfront land for prison development, sell vacant lot on Kensington Ave.

Note: This article previously stated that the company that owns 7777-R State Road, the proposed site of a future prison facility to replace the House of Corrections in Northeast Philadelphia, purchased…

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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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