Philadelphia’s Legacy Of Planning Exclusively

 

Original 1913 caption: “Proposed Pastorius Circle at Hartwell Avenue and Lincoln Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Looking North-east on Hartwell Avenue”

Original 1913 caption: “Proposed Pastorius Circle at Hartwell Avenue and Lincoln Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Looking North-east on Hartwell Avenue.” | Image: J. H. Hutchinson, May 16, 1913 from PhillyHistory.org

  • Beginning tomorrow, the five-day 2016 Woodward Celebration will pay tribute to the “civic engagement and urban planning” provided by the Houston-Woodward family, “revered,” we are told, “as pioneers in sustainability and pillars of the [Chestnut Hill] community” for over 130 years. The Philly History Blog’s Ken Finkel revises such a laudatory estimation of progenitor George Woodward, whose civic engagement was selective and urban planning exclusionary.
  • Speaking of exclusionary planning, Inga Saffron at The Inquirer follows up on her report from Friday that PMC Property Group was having some last-minute thoughts on its commitment to include 25 affordable units within its One Water Street development in exchange for a height bonus of 48 feet. Now, after a weekend of impassioned pleas that it ought not surrender such a key goal of the 2013 Central Delaware Master Plan, the Department of Licenses and Inspections says definitively that it will withhold the certificate of occupancy until PMC makes good on its promise or provides a suitable alternative. To Beth McConnell, policy director for the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, that might mean upwards of a $5 million payment to the Housing Trust Fund in lieu of the 25 affordable units.
  • The Inquirer’s Claudia Vargas reports that community leaders in the Northwest are urging the Planning Commission to revise the language of a proposed alteration to the zoning code—ostensibly to expedite the routine processing of permits for steep-slope projects such as driveways—that they say invites too broad an interpretation of which types of projects are included therein.
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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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