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    • An event exploring the outdoor world in black literature in the picnic grove at Bartram's Garden was organized by the Free Library's Center for Public Life. | Neal Santos for PlanPhilly

In Common: What if the library could mend public life?

Next in our series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn checks out the Free Library’s Center for Public Life, a new unit that’s aiming to connect Philadelphians of every stripe…

    • A rowhouse demolition. | Phillytrax, EOTS Flickr Group

Efforts to tear down `imminently dangerous' buildings get a $2m budget lift

In the recently approved city budget, Mayor Jim Kenney secured $2 million to accelerate demolition of vacant buildings the Department of Licenses and Inspections considers dangerous. Philadelphia suffers persistent problems with…

    • Philadelphia’s unaccounted-for funds, first estimated at $33 million, now at closer to $26 million. | Tony Ibarra (Flickr)

Filling in some details missed in the outcry about Philly's "missing" millions

Much has been made of the mysterious “missing” millions in City Hall. Much less has been made of the treasure hunt to find it. A blame game continues to play out…

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ABOUT GOVERNMENT

Government is an inescapable authority in urban planning.  This relationship largely arose out of necessity; one example is the creation of Euclidean zoning in American cities, where smoke-billowing factories where built across the street from high-density residential neighborhoods, which proved to have drastic health impacts.  The government’s function has always been to uphold citizen’s basic health, safety and welfare, and it is likely that you would hear different responses from different people as to how successfully government meets this requirement.  Each government approaches this requirement differently, with various committees, task forces, and agencies.  What has proved important in planning efforts in recent years is that there is a clear vehicle for public input to contribute to a process led by or funded by government.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN GOVERNMENT

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