PLAN PHILLY - keeping a watchful and wary eye on Developers - Zoning Changes in Philly

By Gloria Dulan-Wilson

Hello All:

Thank goodness there is an organization that is dedicated to taking a stand for the preservation of Philadelphia's wonderful architecture, time honored communities, and traditions.  And that organization is PLAN PHILLY!!!

It appears that there are those developers who think it all right to come in and bull doze 100 and 200 year old buildings that are actually built better than most of the buildings they are slinging up - who have a possible shelf life of 20 years before they begin to sag and fall apart.

The other lack of consciousness stems from some of the city organizations, who have allowed deferred maintenance to eviscerate many of these fine old structures to fall to wreck and ruin, and then want to tear them down not realizing that the buildings are actually still sound, it's the interior that needs to be replaced because of eons of neglect.

This issue of Plan Philly  focuses on The Toll Brothers and their incursion into Jewelers Row.  I would also like to put Philadelphia's Fabric and Garment district, also known as FABRIC ROW, on their radar as well - because they are being systematically dismantled after nearly 200 years in existence.  SMH 

That said, they are taking the Zoning Board and the Toll Brothers to task on assuming that Philly is either asleep at the switch, or gullible and have no interest or input in what's happening in their communities.  Au contrare -- Now, more than ever, Philadelphians are having an increased concern about the future of their city - and will not allow feckless developers to come in and ride roughshod over the residents.

KUDOS to Plan Philly for being on the JOB!!!

This is an update of some of the issues they are dealing with at the present time.  It's an organization worth belonging to - 



Zoning Board hears arguments over Jewelers' Row permits, continues hearing to next week 
Was notice of the Toll Brothers project at Jewelers’ Row properly posted? Preservationists argued no, and next week the ZBA will hear from lawyers representing the city and Toll.
September 28, 2016         By Jake Blumgart

Support for preservation-minded solutions at Jewelers' Row 
Neighbors, advocates, and merchants voiced varying degrees of support for preservation of Jeweler’s Row, from facadism to local designation, at a Washington Square West Civic meeting Tuesday.
September 28, 2016         By Jake Blumgart

SEPTA Key begins Quick Trips; token replacement set for November 
SEPTA tokens are heading for extinction as new SEPTA Key features roll out.
September 27, 2016         By Jim Saksa

Despite big crowds, first Philly Free Streets falls short of city’s stated goals 
The city had three aims for Philly Free Streets: encourage residents to get active, ensure the crowds reflected the city’s diversity, and getting people to explore businesses and communities along the way. By those measures results on South Street were mixed.
September 26, 2016         By Jim Saksa

What should Philly expect in a new Zoning Board chair? 
We asked what zoning pros and RCO leaders hope to see in Jim Moylan’s replacement.
September 26, 2016         By Jake Blumgart

Urban agriculture leaders ask for citywide commitments to garden preservation and creation 
A diverse spectrum of Philadelphians asked City Council for a firm commitment to protect and create gardens and for an urban ag voice at the Land Bank.
September 23, 2016         By Catalina Jaramillo

More articles from this week 

Eyes on the Street
Lens: Inside FGS Gems on Jewelers' Row 
September 23, 2016         By Jake Blumgart and Kimberly Paynter

PlanPhilly Events Calendar
Bicycle Coalition’s Annual Gala and Awards Dinner 
Thursday, September 29, 6:00pm
Front & Palmer, 1750 N. Front St.
Revolutionary Germantown Festival 
Saturday, October 1, Noon
Cliveden, Upsala, and more along Germantown Avenue
2016 Roxtoberfest 
Saturday, October 1, Noon - 6pm
Ridge Avenue and Green Lane, Roxborough
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