"Philadelphia's new Zoning Code Commission is hard at work on an overhaul of the city's 1962 zoning code.
As a political spectacle, it rivals the excitement of C-Span on a Sunday.
But make no mistake: While most Philadelphians will never read the new code, they will feel its impact for generations. Despite its alphabet soup of terms such as C5 and R9A, zoning reform will reach into every part of the city, shifting development dollars and the political landscape.
That's why the presumptive future mayor, Michael Nutter, recently called zoning reform "the start of the renaissance of Philadelphia." "