On Spot Zoning

 

 

“Zoning classifications for Center City. Remapping for much of Center City has not been completed yet.” | via This Old City

“Zoning classifications for Center City. Remapping for much of Center City has not been completed yet.” | via This Old City

  • In “Why Spot Zoning Is Probably Here To Stay,” a joint piece for Plan Philly and This Old City, reporter Jared Brey looks at the role spot zoning plays in everyday Philadelphia politics and development. A spectator of many a ZBA hearing, Brey navigates through various connotations of the phenomenon: from a benign and routine concession as to the de facto uses and structural conditions to be found within any one given city block (perfunctorily accepted so long as the redevelopment team was was good-hearted and generous enough), to an ad hoc and myopic “zoning by ordinance” that admittedly reeks of pay-to-play.
  • The final 13.5 tons of steel PNB letters were removed from the tower of 1 South Broad yesterday, three months after workers had an unexpectedly difficult time in freeing the first set of PNB capitals (six decades is apparently sufficient enough time for the letters to basically fuse to their anchoring framework). Ken Avella, who lives in view of the Wells Fargo-owned building, “stopped to snap a photo of the denuded skyscraper,” says The Inquirer. “It’s such a beautiful Art Deco building and I always thought the letters kind of marred it,” he said. “So I’m very happy. I hope they don’t put another sign in its place.”
  • NewsWorks shares surveillance footage of a November 8 incident during which two astonishingly ignorant high-schoolers wrought between $20,000 to $30,000 in damages to the accent and rail lighting among the newly landscaped grounds of the the $46 million Venice Island Recreation Center in Manayunk.

 


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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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