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Councilmanic Prerogative

4 days ago
One of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Philadelphia is increasing parking requirements and limiting building heights at all costs.
WHYY
October 15, 2020, 9am PDT
The mayor, planning staff, and the Philadelphia Planning Commission agree. The Philadelphia City Council and residents of the wealthy neighborhood of Society Hill, not so much.
WHYY
September 29, 2020, 6am PDT
The Philadelphia City Council is expected to approve new zoning for Society Hill over the objections of the Planning Commission and city planning staff.
KYW
November 27, 2019, 5am PST
Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron has had enough with the exclusionary planning tactics of the neighborhood of Society Hill to start calling it the "Republic of Society Hill."
The Philadelphia Inquirer
October 28, 2019, 6am PDT
"Member deference" is what they call it New York, but many local elected officials in the United States have veto power over land use and development plans.
New York Post
March 14, 2019, 6am PDT
The legislative quid pro quo is being used by members of the city council for the wrong reasons, leaving neighborhoods throughout the city in limbo.
The Inquirer / Philly.com