February 26, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Six months is an awfully small sample size to judge a general manager, and Matt Klentak is a guy who will readily admit it. At 35, he might be the youngest GM in team history, but he has been around major league baseball enough to know that nobody knows anything until it actually happens. This is something he has a habit of reiterating whenever he senses that somebody is searching for a concrete timetable for the Phillies' future. Scout well, coach well, evaluate well and make sound decisions - the rest depends on the players.
March 1, 2015 |
In 1982, when Gloucester County planners drafted a framework for growth, one-fifth of the county's land was considered developed - a statistic perhaps best reflected in a slogan that would become the county's mantra: "Close to everything, far from it all. " Three decades later, almost a third of the county is developed. The 330-square-mile county's population has increased by more than 90,000, to about 290,000. Its portion of Route 55 went from plan to pavement. Washington Township's population almost doubled.
May 18, 2012 |
The Institute for Electric Efficiency, a utility industry trade group, said Thursday that 36 million smart meters are now installed, up from 27 million in September, and that 65 million households will have the devices by 2015, about half the American households. In a report , the institute estimates that 22 electric utilities in 16 states will have smart meters fully deployed by the end of this year, including PPL Electric Utilities, Allentown, which rolled them out in 2004.
December 20, 2010 |
When the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance started in 2003, its founders knew their mission would not be without considerable rigor. The nonprofit group - when created, only the second of its kind in the United States - was promoting a style of development largely absent and misunderstood here: high-density, walkable communities, where sidewalks are plentiful and housing coexists with shops and offices. The concept remains a vast departure from what dominates this region: zoning that demands that different uses stay separate and that houses be on at least a half-acre.
October 2, 2009 |
Regional planning officials are expanding a program that aims to attract new residents to older Philadelphia suburbs and lesser-known communities within the city and on its outskirts. Yesterday, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) added nine communities to its list of "Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia," a marketing effort aimed at online real estate shoppers. New this year are Ardmore, New Hope, Phoenixville, Souderton/Telford and Wayne in the Pennsylvania suburbs; the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia; and Glassboro, Merchantville, and Moorestown in New Jersey.
March 23, 2009 |
In Woolwich, one of the fastest-growing towns in the Northeast, new subdivisions have increasingly gobbled up the rural landscape. To cut down on the sprawl, local leaders recently approved a plan to cluster future development in two high-density areas. Developers seeking to build in those areas must pay to preserve surrounding farmland. Officials were able to make that move - passing the cost of open-space preservation from taxpayers to developers - under a state measure hailed as innovative when it was first enacted.
February 2, 2009
New Jersey is making the right move with a plan that will promote smart growth and help protect the Pinelands. Under an amendment approved by the Pinelands Commission, new housing in the region's 250,000-acre Forest Area - a quarter of the Pinelands' territory - will be clustered in developments of one-acre plots. Until now, the average permitted density has been one home per 28 acres. The result has been estate lots that were often turned into gentlemen's farms that fragment the forest, considered the Pinelands second-most environmentally sensitive area, next to its protected core.
January 9, 2009 |
If PATCO extends commuter rail service deeper into South Jersey, the best route would be from Camden to Glassboro along an existing freight rail corridor, a state planning agency says. The Office of Smart Growth, in a nonbinding draft recommendation, suggested that route as the one that would do the most to reduce congestion, serve existing communities, and limit suburban sprawl. The route would serve Glassboro, Pitman, Mantua, Wenonah, Woodbury, Deptford, West Deptford, Westville, Bellmawr, Brooklawn and Gloucester City.
November 24, 2008 |
When Marc D. Brookman graduated from law school in 1968, "sprawl" was what one did on the couch while watching The Mod Squad. By the time the word took on its other connotation of land-gobbling, auto-dependent suburban development, Brookman was deep into a law career specializing in real estate development. Today, as a partner at the Center City firm of Duane Morris L.L.P., he is busy advocating an alternative to sprawl known as "smart growth" - pedestrian-scale development, usually in the older suburbs in need of revitalization.
May 3, 2007
The Democratic Party is resurgent in Bucks County, giving hope to the faithful that it could win control of the three-member county commission for the first time since the mid-1980s. Voters in the May 15 Democratic primary will choose two nominees among four well-qualified candidates. The Inquirer endorses the team of Diane Marseglia, a Middletown Township supervisor, and Steve Santarsiero, a Lower Makefield Township supervisor. Marseglia, 46, is a school social worker employed by the Bucks County Intermediate Unit and a part-time instructor in criminal justice at the College of New Jersey.