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    • The Legendary Blue Horizon, February 2015

Saving face: Commission votes to protect Blue Horizon facade, not interior

The Philadelphia Historical Commission voted on Friday to add the front facade of the Legendary Blue Horizon boxing venue on North Broad Street to the local Register of Historic Places. At…

    • Areas certified for redevelopment

VIDEO: Planning Commission approves North Philadelphia remapping bills

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted to approve to zoning bills for parts of North Philadelphia on Tuesday. The bills, developed as part of the Philadelphia2035 citywide planning process, were introduced…

    • Lower North | Philadelphia2035

Planning Commission approves down-zoning in North Philadelphia

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission recommended approval of three bills on Tuesday that would implement portions of the Lower North District Plan, one of 18 neighborhood plans being undertaken as part…



North Philadelphia, North Central, Norris Square, Olde Kensington, South Kensington, West Kensington, Yorktown, Ludlow, Brewerytown, Cabot, Cecil B Moore, Sharswood, Strawberry Mansion, and the northern portion of Francisville.

Lower North Philadelphia continues to struggle but there are also many exciting, positive changes taking place. Temple University is the district’s biggest economic engine.  Its rapid expansion, while contributing to the employment base, has also led to conflicts with neighbors over on-street parking, lighting, and the scale of new buildings. Most private sector development has been student housing, generating issues with code enforcement and parking. Vacant properties are numerous and the generally weak housing market reduces prospects for reuse. Community gardens have been successful, but gardening alone cannot address the issue of vacant land.  


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