Category Archives: Land Use

Video: Sophie Masloff Defends Land Value Tax Swap

Around 3 minutes in. Also a good moment for Jack Wagner. (h/t Chris Briem)

Posted in Economy, Issues, Land Use

The Single Biggest Problem With the Harrisburg Draft Zoning Plan

There is a lot to like about the city of Harrisburg’s new draft zoning plan. Raised height limits, lowered parking requirements, ease of administration, and the expansion of the downtown. There is one problem though which overshadows all of the rest -The … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Harrisburg / South Central, Land Use, Transportation

Harrisburg’s Draft Zoning Plan’s Best Changes

There is a renewed push in city hall to pass a significant zoning code overhaul and I am really happy to hear it. The current code, after being amended 31 times between it’s adoption in 1950 and now, was explained to be, by city planner Geoffrey Knight, appearing … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Harrisburg / South Central, Land Use, Miscellany

(UPDATED) Upzoning Older SEPA Cities and Suburbs is the Key to Long-Run Democratic Statewide Dominance

Upzoning for infill construction of mixed-use housing and retail – market rate and subsidized – is great for all kinds of reasons, on the policy merits. – It helps local budgets because the tax yield per acre from mixed-use attached … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Governor, Land Use, Transportation

This is Why Property Taxes Are Going Up in Camp Hill

In Camp Hill, property taxes may go up.  The district’s roughly $19.8 million proposed budget for the 2014-15 school year, which was reviewed by the school board on Monday, is about 10 percent greater than this year’s budget and contains a gap … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Education, Environment, Harrisburg / South Central, Land Use, Transportation

Easton Introducing Trolley Service Because “We Can’t Invent Parking”

Easton, PA is one of my favorite small cities in eastern PA, and some of the compact older cities and boroughs around the state should be looking to them for inspiration on economic revitalization. The historic downtown is beautiful, with … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Land Use, Transportation

#PAGov: Who Will Promise to Hide the Utility Meters?

This is not why anybody got into politics, and it’s certainly not the type of thing I’m proud to be spending my time asking candidates for statewide office about. But unfortunately, making housing developers hide ugly gas meters inside of … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Governor, Land Use

The Environmentalist Case for Philly Wage and Business Tax Reform

Here is a crucial point for Philadelphians who consider themselves environmentalists. The fact that almost 40% (!) of Philadelphians leave the city limits for work every day, mostly via solo-driving, is an absolute disaster for the climate. The more people … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Land Use, Philadelphia 2015, Transportation

Parks: Should People Be Allowed to Have Fun in Them?

Bethlehem sure does have some nutty old park rules, but luckily for people who like fun Councilwoman Karen Dolan’s plans to revamp them would go a long way toward correcting some of this silliness. Especially the open container component. It’s … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Land Use

#PAGov: McCord Calls for a 10% Severance Tax

This is more like it. Rob  McCord’s 10% severance tax is twice what Allyson Schwartz proposed, and is much more in line with what the “Saudi Arabia” of natural gas should be charging. The McCord campaign estimates that the new levy would … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Environment, Governor, Land Use