Philadelphia Land Bank

(Vacant lot file photo provided by City of Phila.)

Disappointing Start For Agency Philadelphia Hoped Would Solve Vacant Lots Surplus

The Philadelphia Land Bank is now pulling a Kensington property off the market after receiving just one bid to develop it.


(Hotel developer Brooke Lenfest, center, talks with City Council president Darrell Clarke, right, and others just before Council approved a tax break for his project.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Council Approves $33-Million Tax Break For Center City Hotel Project

Developer Brooke Lenfest (center of photo) wants to build two hotels — a “W” and an “Element” — on what is now a parking lot at 15th and Chestnut Streets.


(Philadelphia City Hall.  File photo by Timothy McLaughlin)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Compromise on City ‘Land Bank’ Plan

City Council members have reached what officials are calling an “historic” agreement to rein in a longstanding Philadelphia problem: how to dispose of tens of thousands of vacant properties and lots.


(Credit: Michelle Durham)

South Philadelphia Neighbors Celebrate Community Garden Risen From Vacant Lot

The Friends of Manton Street Park and Community Garden are celebrating their second-place win in a “Best/Worst Lot” contest held by the “Campaign To Take Back Vacant Land.”