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    • Olson Urtecho

Olson Urtecho resigns Planning, Zoning commissions in wake of Sestak fundraiser

Natalia Olson Urtecho, a rising star in Philadelphia public, private and nonprofit circles – with myriad connections up and down the political spectrum – resigned her volunteer posts on both the…

    • We're #20!

We're #20!

William Penn’s grid plan for Philadelphia is the 20th best city planning effort, like, ever.So says Public Servant Blog, "where politics meets reality" in the field of public service and…

    • Merchants Exchange Building at Dock, Walnut and Third

Book review: The Philly Stock Exchange, and the city it left unfinished

The familiar battle between city planners and real estate developers is hardly a modern era phenomenon. In macro ways, it is as old as the United States republic – the planner…

    • Time to step it up, Mummers. (Copyright 2009, Scott London and Burning Man)

Burning Man 2010 to feature ‘untidy hubs of social interaction’

The 2010 Burning Man festival in Northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert (Aug. 30 -- Sept. 6) will take an unlikely art theme: “Metropolis.” But then, is any theme “unlikely” if it…

    • A rendering for the proposed ARC Properties hotel at 401 Race. Rendering c/o Philly Brownstoner

Confident, proven private developers biding their time

Blatstein, Caplan, Goldman and Dranoff.  It’s not a law firm. They are the names of four of Philadelphia’s most consistent, well-financed and connected private developers, and very likely the ones to…

    • A rendering of the proposed American Commerce Center

Commercial developers have concepts drawn but markets prevent groundbreaking

Enjoying the Philadelphia skyline, with the shimmering Comcast tower punctuating the end of the 20th century? Get used to it. In late November 2008, as world markets were reeling from the…

    • Philly to add 100K folks within 25 years, planners say

Philly to add 100K folks within 25 years, planners say

Twenty five years ago this month, Philadelphia hosted Live Aid at the dear, departed John F. Kennedy Stadium, a sprawling venue that could jam in 100,000 people without breaking a sweat. …

    • Development will be topic du jour at PCPC

Development will be topic du jour at PCPC

Tuesday's regular meeting of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission will be dominated by development proposals and another major look at how Central Delaware River development will be regulated going forward. In…

    • Module 3

ZCC gets Module 3, the last chapter

With just a few months before the Zoning Code Commission is due to deliver the city’s first new code in decades, the mayor stopped by Wednesday morning to lend some moral…

    • John Timoney

PlanPhilly book review: “Beat Cop to Top Cop: A Tale of Three Cities”

An urban planner can learn a lot from a grizzled Irish cop. Especially when said Irish cop has spent a career in three large American cities, “from beat cop to top…

    • Tioga plan

A brisk agenda for Planning Commission, sort of

Clocking in at a speedy one hour and forty minutes, Tuesday’s monthly public meeting of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission was one of the briefest since the Nutter administration took over…

    • APM

Nutter breaks ground on Parkway, Temple projects

Ground was broken late Monday morning by a sizable chunk of Philadelphia’s leadership, gathered at 21st Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to celebrate three of the latest improvements to the…

    • Software manufacturing in Hebi.

Greetings from Hebi, China

Heading into the homestretch of her three-week trade mission to China with representatives of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (WTCGP) and Drexel University's LeBow College of Business, Planning and…

    • ZCC community meeting

‘Radio Times’: discussion about zoning, neighborhood issues

In advance of tonight’s third high-profile meeting of city developers and community groups, the second hour of Wednesday morning’s “Radio Times” call-in program on WHYY-FM in Philadelphia discussed citywide…

    • Waterview Grande

Cracks in the ice that's hemming in commercial real estate?

When developer Michael Samschick of Core Realty stood before the city Planning Commission on Dec. 8 with his architect in tow, something that’s been unusual over the past 18 months occurred:…

    • Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive, looking north from the John Hancock Building.
    • View from atop the vacant Reading Viaduct at around 10th and Spring Garden Streets

Reading Viaduct ‘another opportunity lost’

Lost in all the recent talk about the Reading Viaduct – the elevated, abandoned railroad bed that slices through the city from Vine Street northeast to Fairmount Avenue – is that…

    • Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger speaks at an event on infrastructure

One-on-one with Alan Greenberger

Photo: Next American City Magazine With the dog days of summer upon us and no August monthly meeting of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, PlanPhilly sat down last Friday, August 21,…

    • ZCC meeting: Time runs down, temperature heats up

Springtime for Spring Garden Street (part 2)

Photo: Delaware Ave, view  south (early 1929, with new Benjamin Franklin Bridge, not yet open)  Part 2 of a 2-part series. (Click here for Part 1). From the Delaware River…

    • Philadelphia development questions

Hard questions, tough calls

When planners, developers, government officials, architects and real estate brokers get together to knock heads about big-picture problems, it’s often the private-side people who end up mixing things up.Are we…

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