Tag Archives: land use

Building Industry Slams Brian O’Neill’s Job-Killing Zoning Reforms

Good news from Samantha Melamed: Councilman Brian O’Neill’s legislation proposing sweeping, restrictive changes to zoning in certain commercial districts has been rolled back significantly already: controversial bans on urban gardens and farm markets, artist studios, prepared food shops and dry … More after the jump

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Parking Policy Is About Allocating Scarce Space

David Alpert and Bruce DePuyt explain the parking economics in a less clunky way than I usually do: DePuyt phrased the issue well early in the discussion: the simple challenge is that not everyone can park in a place like … More after the jump

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High Housing and Transportation Costs and Wage Politics

Your nominal wage is the number on your paycheck, but your real wage captures how far you can stretch that paycheck. It’s not particularly helpful if your paycheck goes up, but the prices of the stuff you have to spend … More after the jump

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What Do We Mean By Affordable Housing?

Samantha Melamed puts the controversy over the Kenyatta Johnson Housing Shortage Bill in a more helpful context, describing it as a clash between competing visions of an affordable housing agenda. I think any discussion of affordable housing in Philadelphia ought to start with this fact: “In … More after the jump

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Destroy Councilmanic Zoning

On the one hand, I’m glad to see that Darrell Clarke had the good sense not to subject all the city’s RM-1 zones to the zoning changes he wanted to make for just one part of his District. Parking minimums … More after the jump

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Philly City Council Passes the Kenyatta Johnson Housing Shortage Bill Unanimously

Chris Sawyer is depressing me: As expected, City Council ignored everything and invoked Councilmanic Privilege, the misguided belief that anything a member of Council proposes for his district, must be cool and no one on Council will question it. Here … More after the jump

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Philly Land Bank’s Property Records Should Be Publicly Available

I have a new post up over at Demos on Philly’s land bank plan. As I’ve been arguing here on the blog, I think a land bank could be a great tool for acquiring problem properties and getting them back on … More after the jump

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What Does Environmentalist #PAGov Candidate John Hanger Want to Do About Land Use?

Since John Hanger is obviously a guy who cares a lot about the environment, I’ll be interested to see what kind of land use policy arsenal he’ll get behind in his Gubernatoral bid. The hottest environmental issue in the state is … More after the jump

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How to Shorten the Gentrification “Misery Gap”

Great point from Greg Meckstroth in this post updating us on a few multifamily buildings going up in Philly: The Sansom will include 122 apartments, first-floor commercial space and zero parking spots in eight stories. Of all the new construction … More after the jump

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Video: Myron Orfield on Inequality, Segregation and Balkanized Local Government in PA

It was a little disappointing to see most of the talk about state-level inequality last week leave out the argument that it’s regional inequality that matters. There’s a lot of variation between regions of the state, but I think what … More after the jump

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