Spot Zoning in Spotlight in City Council Today

Proposed boundaries for the Callowhill Reading Viaduct Neighborhood Improvement District

  • It’s an important day at City Hall as City Council will vote onseveral cases of spot zoning , including one introduced by Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller for Chelten Plaza in Germantown. Council will also consider the “Callowhill Reading Viaduct Neighborhood Improvement District,” introduced by Frank DiCicco and supported by the Center City District.
  • NakedPhilly reports that University City’s Philly Diner, which closed its doors in October, will be torn down. After a decade of business, the corner property at 39th and Walnut (owned by Penn), more and more finds itself amongst a neighborhood in transition; “it will most likely return as a new commercial/retail development.”
  • Chestnut Hill Local talks to Howard Brosius, a retired investment broker who founded Chipping Hill Micro Farms, a not-for-profit seeking to teach children to appreciate urban agriculture. Already with projects in West Philadelphia and Manayunk, Brosius recently was approved to expand his efforts to Germantown’s Awbury Arboretum.
  • The Friends of the Wissahickon will host a free lecture given by the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association’s Dennis Pennington (Tuesday, December 13, 6:30PM, at the Valley Green Inn. Seating for the lecture, “Trends in Water Quality of the Wissahickon Creek”, is limited.
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