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    • East Park Discovery Center | Digsau

East Park Discovery Center presented to Art Commission

On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Art Commission approved the conceptual designs for The Discovery Center, an outdoor youth education center on the banks of the East Park Reservoir in Strawberry Mansion. The…

    • Green roof

Council approves density bonuses for green roofs, pumps brakes on student-housing ban

City Council’s Committee on Rules voted on Monday to approve a bill that would allow developers to build extra apartment units in certain zoning districts if they install qualifying green roofs…

    • An access trail leads from Orthodox Street to the Delaware River through the former Coke Company site. | Bradley Maule

Recommendations made for key North Delaware brownfields sites

The former Philadelphia Coke Co. site in Bridesburg should be redeveloped as a mix of industrial, commercial, residential, and open-space uses, a new report concludes. The site, a 67-acre parcel that’s…

    • Grays Ferry buffer / Ashley Hahn

Keystone Crossroads: When it comes to buffer areas around streams, advocates say size matters

A few years ago, when Philadelphia was on the homestretch of rewriting its zoning code, there was a brief kerfuffle over one of the rules that was under debate. The rule…

    • Urban Experiential Display - Screenshot from promotional video | Catalyst Outdoor

Planners: No 3-D digital billboards in Center City, please

The Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to oppose a plan to build three-dimensional digital advertising displays at three locations in Center City. A bill to allow the signs, which backers are…

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Blondell Reynolds-Brown wants to double the Green Roof Tax Credit

Philadelphia’s Green Roof Tax Credit program must not be attractive enough, reasons Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown. Last year, according to her office, only seven businesses applied for the credit, which is meant…

    • Breaking ground on Paseo Verde near Temple University train station

LISC report shows neighborhood investments working

A new report from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a group that invests in community development projects in low-income areas, shows that its investments correlate with broader neighborhood growth in…

    • CSI: Know Your Neighborhood

Council members show off their new Know Your Neighborhood tool

City Council members met at WHYY on Tuesday night to discuss the Community Sustainability Initiative, a program meant to help Council make sound budget and policy decisions based on neighborhood data.…

    • Brownfields planning in Bridesburg

Bridesburg residents weigh in on brownfields planning

Bridesburg residents gathered at a catering hall Tuesday night to weigh in on the Lower Frankford Creek Watershed Brownfields Area-Wide Plan. The city was awarded a grant from the Environmental…

    • Houses along 21st and Carpenter Streets. | Photo: Neal Santos

Six policies that help Philadelphians stay in their homes

Last week, a group of nonprofit and religious organizations announced it was forming a coalition to fight for local policies that prevent longtime residents of gentrifying neighborhoods from being pushed out…

    • St. Bonaventure | Photo by Bradley Maule

St. Bonaventure condemned, but who will salvage its soul?

Editor’s note: This story is a collaborative effort between PlanPhilly and Hidden City Philadelphia. With common interests and a natural allegiance, we pooled our resources to see what—if anything—gets salvaged…

    • School District advertising

A plan to advertise in public schools

It’s well known that Philadelphia public schools are very short on money, and on Thursday two members of City Council announced a plan by which students could help fund their own…

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Supreme Court provides more protection for property rights

Earlier this year, City Council approved a plan for the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority to acquire 17 privately owned parcels in Point Breeze for the future development of affordable housing. The plan…

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Scenic Philadelphia report finds lax enforcement of outdoor advertising regulations

A report authored by University of Pennsylvania graduate student Sarah G. Richards and released Wednesday by Scenic Philadelphia, the group formerly known as SCRUB, says that Philadelphia has failed to enforce…

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Updated: Clarke bill would allow advertising on municipal property

 Councilman Bobby Henon introduced a bill on behalf of Council President Darrell Clarke Thursday morning allowing for digital signs and advertisements to be installed on municipal property. The proposal, which Clarke…

Bill would require construction and demolition crews to recycle waste

A new bill introduced into City Council would require contractors to recycle a substantial portion of waste and debris at construction and demolition sites in Philadelphia. The bill, which was introduced…

    • Julie Slavet admires the day's work

Watershed partnership plants riparian buffer at Abington Junior High

“It starts, like, over there,” said Julie Slavet, pointing toward a soccer field on the campus of Abington Junior High School, six or so miles north of Philadelphia, in Montgomery County.…

    • No amendments to stream buffer legislation yet

No amendments to stream buffer legislation yet

Two Northeast Philadelphia district Councilmen—Bobby Henon and Brian O’Neill of the 8th and 10th districts respectively—expressed support for a waterfront setback of 50 feet in conversations with PlanPhilly Thursday afternoon.Both…

    • Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper

Council resolution supports Commonwealth Court’s decision to declare Act 13 unconstitutional

Philadelphia City Council passed a resolution Thursday morning supporting the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court’s July decision to strike down portions of the natural gas industry regulation law, Act 13, which would supersede…

    • 700 S. Front St., a Queen Village building which once housed Widow Maloby's Tavern

The Goals of Zoning Reform, Part III: Protecting Philadelphia's natural and historic resources

In the next few weeks, both City Council and the Zoning Code Commission will reconvene. Council will begin holding public hearings on the commission’s proposals, and the ZCC will continue to…

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