ZCC finished, Stanton school community fights, City Hall’s living sculptures, revised fracking rules

On Wednesday, the Zoning Code Commission approved its final report, and officially ended its five years of work, reports PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey. Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger called it a “momentous occasion,” and acknowledged the deep dedication of the Commissioners work through 50 ZCC meetings, 62 committee meetings, 25 public engagement meetings, the involvement of 3,400 members of the public, and $2 million in City funds. All eyes are on City Council.

Edwin M. Stanton Elementary School could close in June if the School Reform Commission has its way, but as the South Philly Review reports, the Stanton school community isn’t going down without a fight.

PhillyHistory ponders why Alexander Milne Calder’s incredible sculptural program for City Hall is entirely absent in the courtyard. Are we the couryard’s sculptures? “The building is a timeline starting in the 1680s and ending, literally for the moment, anyway, with us in City Hall courtyard,” Ken Finkel writes.

The Delaware River Basin Commission has issued revised guidelines for fracking in the basin, which provides drinking water to more than 15 million people, including Philadelphians. NewsWorks reports the rules will be voted on November 21 without an opportunity for public comment, which has environmental and public health advocates torched.


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