The look and feel of certain parts of Philadelphia are going through major changes, and for many people, those changes call to mind memories as well as new opportunities. To provide some perspective on the complex emotions evoked by the city's redevelopment plans, a group of organizers from Temple University's Tyler School of Art planned an unusual project: "Funeral for a Home."
In terms of real estate, Philadelphia is currently going through major changes. As parts of the city gentrify, often the seeds of dispute are sewn by the new supplanting the old, and by economic forces flexing their muscles. Citizens on either side of a dispute should be aware of the goings-on at planning meetings and zoning hearings.
Discrepancy in the valuation of property is a common issue in eminent domain disputes. A city or a school district will enter into negotiations with a property owner, and each side has the property appraised. It may not be surprising that in many cases, the buyer's assessment turns out to be much lower than the seller's assessment.
The recently enacted state Land Bank Act will allow municipalities in Pennsylvania to take over blighted and condemned properties in order to repurpose the land.
The government acquisition of private property in Allentown will only benefit private investors, according to a developer's newly filed lawsuit. The legal maneuver against the city's eminent domain actions stands to disrupt officials' plans to open a $100 million downtown hockey arena in two years.
Allentown officials are determined to stay on schedule with plans to buy out and demolish structures in the way of a proposed $100 million ice hockey arena. Demolition crews are set to start clearing the way in November for the Phantoms, a Philadelphia Flyers' minor league team.