January 25, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA At a meeting full of new business on everything from banning e-cigarettes to building a skyscraper, City Council on Thursday wrapped up an old debate from the two-year-old rewrite of the zoning code. This was actually the second time Council had changed the rules for "registered community organizations," the neighborhood and interest groups that must be notified and consulted on building projects launched on their turf. A year ago, Council approved changes championed by Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell, even overriding a mayoral veto of her bill.
January 22, 2014 |
THE LAST TIME Creighton's Doug McDermott walked out of the Wells Fargo Center, he did so with a broken heart. The plane ride back to Omaha, Neb., was particularly difficult. He cried heavily after Duke had disposed of the Bluejays in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Plus, he had a huge decision to make: go pro or come back for his senior year. Buoyed by the heartache from that ride back to Nebraska, as well as Creighton's move from the respectable Missouri Valley into the rugged Big East, McDermott decided to return.
January 15, 2014 |
CHERRY HILL The suitability of a luxury apartment complex for a site near a busy Cherry Hill intersection remained the dividing line between attorneys at a Superior Court hearing Monday. The case underscores development tensions in one of the most heavily built-up municipalities in the state, and tests whether zoning can be changed if a project is deemed to promote the public welfare. The Cherry Hill zoning board in September 2012 granted use and height variances sought by Buckingham Partners of Cherry Hill for the residential complex.
January 14, 2014 |
It's a part of West Philadelphia known mostly for hardship and hard tries. The infamous Lex Street massacre occurred there, when gunmen lined up 10 people in the dining room of a crack house and opened fire, killing seven in 2000. It also was the home turf of the late, fearless antidrug activist Herman Wrice, whom President George H.W. Bush called "the John Wayne of Philadelphia. " Now, government officials and community activists say this stricken stretch of the city has a chance to become known for something else: revival.
January 11, 2014 |
MANTUA President Obama pointed to one of Philadelphia's most depressing statistics - nearly four in 10 children live below the poverty line - as one of the main reasons the city's Mantua section was chosen as one of the nation's first five Promise Zones. The president officially announced Thursday that West Philadelphia, in particular the Mantua neighborhood, would receive federal help from the new Promise Zones program, aimed at cutting unemployment, poverty, and crime, enhancing education, and attracting private-sector investment and jobs.
January 11, 2014 |
Marvin Ginsberg made his living selling men's clothing in crayon colors at bargain prices, but he also accomplished something that frequently eluded renowned architectural theorists: He succeeded in turning his building at Third and Market Streets into an exuberant sign that was impossible to miss. Whatever your feelings about the three-story, red- white-and-blue graphic that envelops and brands the Shirt Corner, you can't deny the building/sign became a Philadelphia landmark, accidentally, to be sure, but one that perfectly captured a joyous, unbridled form of retail hucksterism that is now fading from American cities.
January 9, 2014 |
WASHINGTON A plan to boost a struggling swath of West Philadelphia is getting top priority from the Obama administration. The White House has chosen the area as one of the nation's first five "Promise Zones," a program aimed at cutting unemployment, poverty, and crime, enhancing education, and attracting private-sector investment and jobs, all as part of President Obama's efforts to help hard-hit communities and spread economic opportunity, according to...
December 23, 2013 |
Viewed narrowly, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's momentous decision Thursday to strike down key provisions of the law that regulates natural gas drilling doesn't change anything at all. The court's 4-2 decision restores local zoning control of drilling activity, which was in effect before the law known as Act 13 was passed last year. Despite having to navigate an uneven landscape of local zoning laws, Marcellus Shale gas producers flourished under the old rules. But opponents of shale gas drilling say the court decision carries substantial symbolic and political weight.
December 6, 2013 |
CITY COUNCIL yesterday voted 16-1 to override Mayor Nutter's veto of a bill that would require new doctors, dentists and medical offices to get zoning variances before opening in much of Northeast Philly. Councilmen Brian O'Neill and Bobby Henon championed the measure, which they say would give neighborhoods more input on development. Critics claimed it was a veiled attempt to keep methadone clinics out of their districts. "This bill effectively bans the establishment or expansion of medical, dental or other health practices . . . in these districts," Nutter wrote in his veto letter.
December 5, 2013
A MASSACHUSETTS law that says that "no person" may enter or remain in the 35-foot buffer zones established outside abortion clinics in the state has set off a controversial legal battle about the proper balance between the rights of speakers and the rights of those who must listen to them. Although several federal courts have upheld the law over the past few years, the Supreme Court has now agreed to review it. The high court should uphold it as well. The petitioners, including a grandmother in her 70s who stands outside abortion clinics hoping to talk to women on their way in, claim that the law is an impermissible infringement on their right to express their opinion.