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    • 2018 06 18 philadelphia powelton drexel gentrification 5 1

As Drexel transforms University City, communities nearby prepare for gentrification

When Schuylkill Yards was first announced – Brandywine Realty Trust’s proposal to turn 14 acres of largely empty, Drexel University-owned land between the college and 30th Street Station into 7 million…

    • The cost of residential construction is high in Philadelphia, the fourth most expensive building market in the U.S.

As Philadelphia considers scrapping tax abatement, new report provides debate fodder for both sides

As City Hall debates how best to find more money for Philadelphia’s schools, a new report from the real estate firm Houwzer aims to dissuade politicians from cutting the 10-year property-tax…

    • 'Philadelphia Delivers' submission to Amazon HQ2 RFP. Credit: DAG.

Big bits of unfinished business get little adjustments by City Council

At its second-to-last meeting before the summer recess, City Council made minor amendments only to its budget proposal and to construction-tax legislation, two of the biggest pieces of unfinished business on…

    • Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, whose parking bill was delayed in the Rules Committee

RCO insurance measure moves to next Council step; parking minimums hold

The array of controversial measures City Council will be considering before its summer recess has narrowed.  Legislation boosting mandatory parking minimums was held in the Rules Committee on Tuesday, marking the…

    • Scaffolding surrounds the proposed site of a Fishtown hotel, next to Frankford Hall. The sidewalk has been blocked off for years. A Shepard Fairey mural is painted on the side of the building.

Whither the proposed Fishtown hotel now that its variance has lapsed?

In the much-discussed -- and much-derided -- Forbes article christening Fishtown the “hottest new neighborhood in America,” developer Roland Kassis was a star character. The author rode with Kassis in his…

    • Stairs up to the Rail Park from the 1100 block of Callowhill, May 2018 / Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
Eyes on the Street

In Common: Rail Park opens, carrying the freight of a changing neighborhood

What does it mean to create a new park in a changing, sometimes contested neighborhood? Next in our series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn takes a deep dive into…

    • La Finquita's farmstand in 2014. Whatever didn't sell was donated to the Catholic Worker's daily soup kitchen.

How one urban farm was lost: La Finquita's finale

It started with a lock and a “No Trespassing” sign. They appeared one day on the fence at Lawrence and Master streets, next to a hand-painted sign reading, “La Finquita,” or…

    • A 2011 view of the elevated Reading Viaduct in the Callowhill neighborhood

In the emerging Callowhill neighborhood, making their bid for a Business Improvement District

The old factory district between Vine Street and Spring Garden is one of the last Center City-adjacent neighborhoods pocked by empty lots and vacant storefronts. Many have tried to name the…

    • People cross a street near a construction site on Market Street in Center City, Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Changes to Philly construction tax break under review

With the spring City Council session coming to an end, reform of Philadelphia’s controversial 10-year property tax abatement emerged as a live issue on Thursday. The 18-year-old development incentive waives property taxes…

    • The Amos Barnes house

New development controls proposed for a hidden gem of the Northwest

New limits on development are in the works for a leafy Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood best known for its proximity to the sprawling park with which it shares a name. The Wissahickon…

    • Garages on Lombard Street

City Council moves to require more parking in Philly neighborhoods

In the midst of a heated debate about how to increase the amount of affordable housing in the city, West Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell is resurrecting a two-year-old bill mandating…

    • People cross a street near a construction site on Market Street in Center City, Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

City budget hearings come to end with no consensus on who deserves a tax break

City Councilmembers raised difficult questions about tax breaks for developers at a time when costs are rising for residents at a Department of Revenue hearing on Tuesday, the last in a…

    • Christian Street Baptist Church is slated for demolition. Developer Ori Feibush plans to build townhouses on the lot.

Neighbors oppose plan to replace Christian Street Baptist Church with $800k townhouses

Residents of Bella Vista love the narrow little side streets that wind through the neighborhood, offering shelter from the buzz of heavy automobile traffic and providing community space for the cozy…

    • A rendering of The Laurel, under development at 1911 Walnut St. (courtesy of Southern Land Company)

Design approved for Rittenhouse Square's final tower

After three years of planning, Philly’s official design critics have given a go to the 48-story tower slated to fill the last vacant spot overlooking Rittenhouse Square. The Southern Land Company,…

    • Inquirer Building, North Broad Street

Bill requiring independent appraisals on city real estate deals likely to become Philadelphia law

It's pretty standard to get an independent appraisal of a piece of property before you buy it. Most of us wouldn't consider buying a house without seeing one — and on…

    • A South Philly developer is planning to redevelop a surface parking lot into a small-format Target topped by apartments. (Courtesy of Target)

A second new Target on the way to South Philly

It’s a good time to own surface parking lots in greater Center City. As real estate values climb skyward, these vestiges of the city’s formerly moribund market have become hot commodities…

    • A residential block in Strawberry Mansion, one of the neighborhoods where assessed home values increased the most in 2018. (Bas Slabbers/WHYY)

Should City Council control Philly property values? New bill says yes.

A battle is raging in City Hall over the latest round of property reassessments and now, a faction of City Council members have introduced a new weapon in the fight: their…

    • Frankford Chocolate Factory at 2101 Washington Ave. ( credit: OCF Realty)

Neighbors bid a reluctant goodbye to South Philly chocolate factory, welcome new homes and shops

The Frankford Chocolate Factory looms over Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia, covering an entire city block, anchoring the roadway in the industrial uses that dominated it for the past century or…

    • 600  University Avenue

A mysterious zoning bill hints at a high-rise future for one of University City's last large undeveloped parcels

When drivers exit University City, headed to the Schuylkill Expressway, they breeze past a ghostly Mid-century Modern motel building at 600 University Avenue. Marooned at the edge of the University of…

    • Darrell Clarke | Emma Lee/WHYY

Darrell Clarke: I’ll 'entertain' Temple's stadium proposal if and when the community supports it

For the past couple months, protests against Temple University’s proposed 35,000-seat stadium have dominated the public comment period customary at every meeting of the City Council. Project opponents have called, repeatedly,…

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