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    • Paschall Library | Studio Gang
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Architect Jeanne Gang on using design to strengthen community

Jeanne Gang is a rare bird among architects. Her 20-year old Chicago-based firm, Studio Gang, has cut a bold path, creating a broad portfolio of work that isn’t unified by form…

    • 606-608 S 8th Street, completed in 2014
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Parking logic: Three reasons ZBA should say no to garage-fronted rowhouses

Say zoning and eyes glaze over. But really zoning is code for capturing the kind of city we want to live in. Zoning is where planning gets personal. For me that’s…

    • March 2014 community meeting notice on Lancaster Avenue
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On planning, realpolitik, and selling closed schools

During the last week negotiations over the sale of the 14-acre University City High/Drew Elementary school property to Drexel University and its development partner Wexford Science + Technology have exposed serious…

    • Spruce Street Harbor Park  | Groundswell Design Group
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Waterfront Working: 3 signs of progress on the Central Delaware

In June 2013 City Council passed a zoning overlay that gives the Master Plan for the Central Delaware its teeth. Now, a year later, there are positive signs that Philly is…

    • Skyline from Belmont Plateau | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group
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Back to the future to renew Fairmount Park

Fairmount Park is like Philadelphia itself: A legacy asset with unrealized potential. We are the lucky beneficiaries of the prescient 19th century Philadelphians who protected great green lungs astride the Schuylkill…

    • Lowe
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Rick Lowe's Gray Area: Where social sculpture meets neighborhood preservation

Twenty years ago when Rick Lowe first saw Houston’s Third Ward, an historically African American neighborhood, he saw vacant, tax-delinquent properties that the city was poised to raze. Instead 22 of…

    • Preservation law symposium
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Preservation crises and solutions: Five takeaways from Penn's Preservation Law and Policy symposium

Philly preservationists, you are not alone in your frustrations. Preservationists drawn to PennDesign last week from across the country for a preservation policy symposium hosted by the Graduate Program in Historic…

    • N. 9th and W. Dauphin
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Two keys to getting the land bank right

Seeing the land bank bill passed by City Council’s Public Property & Public Works Committee on Monday was a huge step forward for those who believe the city’s current processes for…

    • welcome to toronto
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Five ideas Philly should steal from Toronto

I've been in Toronto for the past few days and came back with five easy ideas that Philly could lovingly borrow from this neighbor to the north - beyond its cool…

    • Proposed Actions
    • Garages on Lombard Street
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Five reasons why Philly shouldn't set parking minimums

In the last few weeks we’ve heard a lot about how City Council members are trying to roll back pieces of the city's newly minted zoning code, including a proposal…

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Debate over Registered Community Organizations heats up

The ticking time-bomb embedded in Philadelphia's overdue, comprehensive zoning reform is the redefined role of community groups in the zoning process. New, more formal rules create a threshold for all community…

    • South along the Schuylkill: Part of Sunoco's Philadelphia refinery as seen from the Passyunk Avenue Bridge.
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Exploring the Lower Schuylkill's gritty and green potential

The Lower Schuylkill is hard to get to know much less love. It's a nearly 4,000-acre area comprised of largely industrial and underused property, wrapped with tricky rail and road crossings, and…

    • Still smoldering: the remains of Buck Hosiery late Monday afternoon as seen from the El platform.
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Still Smoldering: Preventing the next Buck

When I stood looking at the still smoldering wreckage that was the Buck factory on Monday evening, a Jasper Street resident was looking at "The White Elephant" across the street from…

    • Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez talks rezoning and St. Bonfiace at a pitched community meeting on Monday night.
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High Noon at Norris Square: Dueling over St. Boniface and rezoning

Seventh District Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez and the Norris Square Civic Association are dueling over the fate of a major development that NSCA has already put in motion: the redevelopment of the…

    • Can Point Breeze find common ground? 
    • Our very own waterfront highway. | photo by Bradley Maule, 2009
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On Beyond I-95: Nothing lasts forever

The panel at Thursday night’s forum on urban highway removal may have been preaching to the converted, but the fact that Philadelphia is starting to have a public conversation about altering…

    • Order in Point Breeze | Flickr user pwbaker, Creative Commons
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Point Breeze starts new zoning committee to mend broken process

Order in Point Breeze | Flickr user pwbaker, Creative Commons On Wednesday I went to the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) hearing to follow the still-developing saga of OCF Realty’s development…

    • Vacant lots on Point Breeze Avenue that OCF Realty wants to develop. | GoogleMaps
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Point Breeze development rumbles? Blame the process.

Monday night’s South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S. (SPHINC) zoning meeting was not about zoning. Of the projects on the agenda, the only one heard was OCF Realty’s proposed mixed-use development at the corner…

    • The City Council's chambers.
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Zoning Matters: City Council should see through zoning reform process, not subvert it

In a sharp opinion piece in Monday’s Daily News, Architect Kiki Bolender takes City Council to task for introducing its own version of the zoning code, and in so doing,…

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