You’re invited to a special PlanPhilly event that will explore how Philadelphia might approach land banking and vacant property reform.

We are writing because we wanted to let you know about an exciting event we are organizing in June. 

The second edition of Behind PlanPhilly will take place on Tuesday, June 12, and will be a moderated panel discussion that explores how Philadelphia might approach land banking and vacant property reform.

The panel will be the first on-the-record discussion between the mayoral administration, City Council, the development community, and the non-profit sector on the potential impact of pending legislation on citizens, neighborhood organizations, and city tax and revenue functionality. This will be a timely conversation, as the Sanchez-Green land banking bill will be discussed at City Council in June. Prize-winning journalist Patrick Kerkstra will moderate the discussion.

Panelists include:

  • Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez, City Councilwoman and land bank bill co-sponsor
  • Bridget Collins-Greenwald, the City’s soon-to-be-named new Property Commissioner
  • Sandy Salzman, Executive Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation
  • Anne Fadullon, Vice President, Building Industry Association.

Here are the details:
Tuesday, June 12th
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street (map)
5:00pm – 6:00pm: Registration and Happy Hour; 6:00pm – 8:00pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A
Tickets: $5

Complimentary refreshments (food and drink) will be provided. 

Please register online and check out PlanPhilly’s ongoing coverage of the City Council bill and its potential political, social, and financial ramifications

As part of our efforts at PlanPhilly to have a more engaged role in local design and planning news – not just covering, but working to advance it – PlanPhilly will be organizing events throughout the year that give Philadelphians a deeper look at relevant issues in the built environment and what their role is in shaping it. Our initial “Behind PlanPhilly” event was held in April as part of Philly Tech Week 2012.

We hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you on June 12th.


Matt Golas 
Managing Editor, PlanPhilly

Harris Steinberg, FAIA
Executive Director, PennPraxis

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