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Philly's 43,000 vacant lots face a fresh political battle

The Philadelphia Land Bank is the latest battleground in the war for position between City Council and the Kenney administration. At the first council meeting of 2018 held on Thursday, Council…

    • Mary Seton Corboy | credit: Jennifer Kourkounis
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Remembering Greensgrow's Mary Seton Corboy: Grower of food, flowers, neighborhoods

In the pantheon of urban agriculture, few stand taller here than Mary Seton Corboy, founder and Chief Idea Officer of Philadelphia’s Greensgrow, a 19-year old trailblazing urban farm on East…

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What's driving Philly's rising land values?

What’s vacant land in Philly actually worth? Kevin Gillen, the chief economist of Meyers Research, and Guy Thigpen, director of analytic services for the Philadelphia Land Bank, gave a presentation at…

    • Urban earthship: At a vacant lot near Lancaster Avenue and 41st St, volunteers use hundreds of tires to build an urban earthship. | Lindsay Lazarski / WHYY

Keystone Crossroads: In West Philadelphia, volunteers transform vacant lots into urban earthships

Pennsylvania cities have transformed vacant lots into community gardens and urban farms. Pittsburgh has considered building tiny house communities. But what about using abandoned lots for urban earthships? What's an earthship,…

    • A vacant lot in North Philadelphia.

Two largest land banks in Pennsylvania have been slow getting off the ground

There are some neighborhoods in Pennsylvania cities where half of the properties are blighted or tax-delinquent or both. Between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, there are about 60,000 such properties. But getting them…

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    • This 2013 photo shows Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez stands in front of a blighted home in her district.

A proposal for financing properties acquired by the Philadelphia Land Bank

The Philadelphia Land Bank needs a source of funding to pay for the maintenance of the blighted vacant buildings and lots that it will be acquiring, owning, and holding until they…

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Preliminary Lower North recommendations include price incentives for vacant land, focus on commercial corridors

From the outset, city planners crafting the Lower North District Plan have said its neighborhoods present challenges far greater than those earlier district plans tackled, related mostly to a sharp population…

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July 18: PGW fined $500,000 | Lower North's vacant land future | Philadelphia School Partnerships awards $4.7 million | The Oval, officially open | Elfreth's Alley archaeology dig

Hello Streeters!  Temperatures could reach 97 today, but it looks like the region's power grid is beating that heat. Power companies say the grid is holding up wellPhiladelphia Gas…

    • PHS Pop Up Garden - Broad Street
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May 28-31: Ed Bacon and the Future of Philly | Land Bank symposium | Garden heritage conference | PHS Pop Up Garden opening | Callowhill walk | 'My Architect' screening

We hope you enjoyed the long weekend, Streeters. There's a whole lot on tap this week - from learning about the prospective land bank or historic landscape stewardship to visiting PHS'…

    • 30th Street Station
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May 14: SEPTA: Norristown HSL repairs, other needs remain dire, deferred | new Amtrak locomotives | Possible City project | continue 10-year tax abatement | 13 luxe homes for Logan Square

Good morning, Streeters and happy Tuesday. In transportation news: PlanPhilly’s Christine Fisher has an update today about SEPTA’s critical deferred repair projects: In July crews will make critical (but temporary) repairs…

    • St. Bernard Community Garden
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Vacant land, home of St. Bernard Community Garden to be sold

It’s the classic tale of the Philadelphia community garden. Neighbors band together to clean a vacant lot. They work the weeded rubble until it is healthy soil. They start to grow…

    • Public officials, private citizens discuss vacant land reform in second Behind PlanPhilly event

Public officials, private citizens discuss vacant land reform in second Behind PlanPhilly event

Philadelphians concerned about the City’s oversupply of unused, vacant, and tax-delinquent land gathered at the Center for Architecture Tuesday night to discuss legislative solutions.A panel—including Property Commissioner Bridget Collins-Greenwald, Councilwoman…

    • City's tax delinquency epidemic deepens

City's tax delinquency epidemic deepens

Philadelphia property tax delinquents piled up an additional $43.8 million in new debt over the last year, increasing the total amount owed to the city and financially desperate School District to…

    • City owned properties, mapped and ready to sell.

City's "Front Door" cracks open

At last, the city’s enormous inventory of mostly vacant surplus land is being made available online for would-be buyers.The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority’s “Front Door” - essentially a database and map…

    • Catch PlanPhilly reporter Patrick Kerkstra on Radio Times Tuesday

Catch PlanPhilly reporter Patrick Kerkstra on Radio Times Tuesday

Last week’s fire at the former Bucks Hosiery factory in Kensington killed two firefighters and cast a spotlight on a longterm problem confronting Philadelphia: the economic opportunities, challenges and physical dangers…

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DAG talks vacant property strategies with panel Thursday

Thursday's Design Advocacy Group meeting promises to be a really interesting conversation about City Council's land bank proposal and the Nutter administration's "Front Door" strategy for dealing with vacant property disposition.…

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Land bank, tax foreclosure legislation vs Nutter's 'front door' [via PlanPhilly]

Today Patrick Kerkstra guides us through the different approaches to the city's vacant land and tax delinquency problems in a piece for PlanPhilly and the Inquirer. [NOTE: The Inquirer published a…

    • Abandoned tax delinquent property on the 2300 block of Gerrit Street in Point Breeze (Clem Murray / Inquirer)

Should city bank on land bills that finally lay down the law?

For decades, Philadelphia’s city government has struggled to cope with an abundance of vacant land and chronic tax delinquency, two closely related problems that have fueled blight and depressed property values…

    • The vacant plot, nearly an entire block, where Carpenter Square is planned to be built

Local developers plan a mixed-use project for Grad Hospital neighborhood

The area surrounding 17th and Carpenter streets—the southern end of the Graduate Hospital neighborhood, across Washington Avenue from Point Breeze—is amid such a drastic transformation that, in its current state, it’s…

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