Zoning

 By Andy Sharpe

Fishtown: Reframing Frankford Avenue

Fishtown: Reframing Frankford Avenue

The blocks of Frankford Avenue that snake through Fishtown and Kensington have seen a resurgence in businesses in the past five years. This trend is only expected to intensify if the proposed zoning code changes are approved, according to local business and community groups. Many Fishtown and Kensington leaders are especially optimistic about the Zoning […]

 By Andy Sharpe

Fox Chase: Transit-Oriented Development

Fox Chase: Transit-Oriented Development

One of the most notable characteristics of the Fox Chase section of Northeast Philadelphia is its train station, and the businesses that surround it. Because of the amount of people who use the train station, and the thriving neighborhood around it, many believe Fox Chase is a great example of transit-oriented development and has the […]

 By Josh Fernandez

Mount Airy: Traffic Activists Take on Crashes Along Lincoln Drive

Mount Airy: Traffic Activists Take on Crashes Along Lincoln Drive

Kitty Dior said the turning point for her traffic activism occurred outside of her Mount Airy home on Lincoln Drive and Hortler Street after a horrific accident in May 2007. Dior, a consultant for shops in Center City Philadelphia’s “Jeweler’s Row” by Eighth and Chestnut streets, was just coming in from the movies and heard […]

 By Taara Savage-El and Andy Sharpe

Northeast: Open House for Proposed Zoning Code

Northeast: Open House for Proposed Zoning Code

At a 10th City Council District open house for the Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission, Northeast Philadelphia residents thought certain aspects of the code rewrite would negatively affect their neighborhoods, while other parts would be beneficial. Northeast residents were especially unhappy that the reform discussed legalizing the practice of converting single-family homes into duplexes or triplexes, […]

 By Taara Savage-El

Philadelphia’s New Zoning Code

Philadelphia’s New Zoning Code

Philadelphia citizens are active in this year’s planning for a new zoning code reform. The previous code has not been updated in over 50 years and residents are ready to see these changes  implemented with the new development of the city. After the recent creation of a Zoning Code Commission, public and community meetings are […]

 By Andrew Sharpe

Fox Chase: Zoning in on Home Ownership

A zoning debate in Fox Chase is casting a dark cloud over renters. As a matter of fact, the Fox Chase Homeowners Association (FCHA) has promised to fight any effort to convert single-family dwellings into duplexes, fearing an increase in renters. After all, some owners of single-family houses see a novel way to bring in […]

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