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    • City Council President Darrell Clarke. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

How City Council President Darrell Clarke stopped housing from rising on a vacant city lot and helped his landlord

Do politically connected developers get a do-over when they lose out on a city land sale? The days when City Council members simply steered public land to chosen developers are supposed…

    • Lauren Vidas (left) ran as a challenger to incumbent Kenyatta Johnson (right)

In race spotlighting South Philly gentrification, Kenyatta Johnson wins

Call it the urbanist reality check. Urban planning policy generally doesn’t make the cut for election season banter. Candidates run on education, safety, crime, jobs — not development policy. This primary…

    • Voters line up outside the polls on Election Day  in 2016. (WHYY)

Living a block from the polls makes you 28% more likely to vote

Fewer than one in three Philadelphians voted in the last mayoral primary, and that was for an open seat. Even if we’re very lucky on Tuesday, turnout in the primary election…

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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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