Design Advocate Says New Zoning Classification Needs Revision


Photo courtesy of Plan Philly

Photo courtesy of Plan Philly

  • Over at Plan Philly, Central Delaware Advocacy Group chair Matt Ruben warns against the misuses of a novel zoning designation—apparently poorly worded—in the City’s latest zoning code. Industrial Residential Mixed-use (IRMX) areas, conceived by the Planning Commission as a means to accommodate the urban artisan, do not require that a developer even consider an industrial component and fail to adequately control the invariable “overgrown, overbuilt, new-construction” that results.Reuben suggests the designation either be limited to reuse projects or have its language changed to require the industrial. Failing that, “every community should flatly reject IRMX zoning anywhere in their neighborhood.”
  • Representative Chaka Fattah’s bill to have 30th Street Station renamed in honor of his predecessor Bill Green passed a US House vote yesterday, says The Inquirer. Senators Casey and Toomey have introduced the corresponding bill, but the Senate might not get to this issue of nomenclature until after it returns from its recess in September.
  • Eagles team president Don Smolenski tells the Philadelphia Business Journal that the $125 million revitalization of Lincoln Financial Field is about “99 percent complete.” In its two years the project has seen the addition of end zone high definition visual boars, 1,185 television sets, more concessions, an expanded control room, and an increased seating capacity of 1,626. For a look at reporter John George’s photo gallery, click HERE.
  • The Philly History Blog reflects on the very different Philadelphia soundscape of a century ago (when the pretzel vendor held more sway than the internal combustion engine) and the contemporary phenomenon of Yo!.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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