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Blatstein seeks zoning variances at Broad & Washington

Developer Bart Blatstein is looking to move ahead with his proposal for a major mixed-use project at Broad & Washington, on of the city’s most visible vacant lots. And he’s not…

    • Land Bank properties in Point Breeze, January 2016

Councilman Johnson adds 100 more properties to Land Bank

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a resolution Thursday morning transferring 100 properties in his 2nd District, which covers parts of Center City and South Philadelphia, to the city’s Land Bank. The properties…

    • Vacant lots that are maintained by PHS feature an open wood fence with openings narrow enough to prevent unwanted dumping.

Philly Land Bank gets its first deposit

UPDATE, Dec. 9, 2015 The Philadelphia Land Bank is now officially a landholding agency. On Wednesday, Mayor Michael Nutter announced that the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation had transferred 150 properties into…

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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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