PlanPhilly weekly news recap 10-25-2007

Oct. 25, 2007
Dear PlanPhilly member,

In the press this week:

The 6abc mayoral debate between Michael Nutter and Al Taubenberger included references to the Central Delaware Waterfront visioning process, as well as zoning code reform and the need for comprehensive long-range planning and development in Philadelphia.

On the broadcast, moderator Jim Gardner mentions PennPraxis’ recommendation to extend city streets to the river’s edge. To view the video, click the link and go to time: 41:39.

In Wednesday’s Inquirer, reporter Jennifer Lin details the public debate over the soon-to-be-released Penn Praxis waterfront visioning exercise that encompasses seven miles of the Central Delaware Riverfront. Click here to read the article:

And on Monday, The Inquirer looked at the long-term and short-term work going on in rethinking the Central Delaware Riverfront. The paper published an editorial endorsing long-range goals of the Central Delaware Civic Vision, as well as an early action trail proposed by Center City District chief Paul Levy. Click here to read the piece:

Rehab begins on Girard Warehouses

First court-mandated deadline for developers is met as Clemens Construction begins sealing site and erecting safety fencing. Click here for the update:

Visual guide to zoning

PlanPhilly presents a Visual Guide to Zoning, an easier way for regular folks to understand the city’s code. You’ll find clickable PDF files that explain each of the city’s 56 zoning designations with photos, maps, diagrams and regulations. Developed by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, they form an essential guide for anyone trying to keep abreast of the ongoing effort to reform Philadelphia’s zoning code. Click here to take a look:

How to mix uses on the Delaware River

PlanPhilly reporter Kellie Patrick Gates explores the issue of striking a balance between development and environmental demands that at times seem contradictory. Click here to read the article: With accompanying story about how the Delaware River City Corporation is ensuring the working and recreational aspects of the river co-exist.

Special Date

If you haven’t already, please register to attend the presentation of the Civic Vision for the Central Delaware on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. A large audience is expected, so please register today: For more information on the event, click here:

New Feature

Every PlanPhilly news story will now end with a comment box. We would love to hear your take on the stories we cover.

Upcoming Events

Nov. 1: Design Advocacy Group monthly meeting –
Nov. 5: Connecting Market East –
Nov. 7: Night Lights on South Broad –
Nov. 14: Zoning Code Commission –

Best until next week,
Matt Golas, Managing Editor

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