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How to learn more about the City’s new “Front Door” vacant property policy and tools

Last week, the City made a limited collection of its vacant property inventory available online as a step forward in the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority’s “Front Door” plan to streamline vacant property policy. PRA promises a simpler process for purchasing the 9,000 vacant properties the agency itself owns, where previously city-owned properties were under the jurisdiction […]

Last week, the City made a limited collection of its vacant property inventory available online as a step forward in the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority’s “Front Door” plan to streamline vacant property policy. PRA promises a simpler process for purchasing the 9,000 vacant properties the agency itself owns, where previously city-owned properties were under the jurisdiction of numerous agencies and exceedingly difficult to purchase.

To clarify, these are city-owned vacant properties, a portion of the estimated more than 40,000 properties in the city that include privately owned lots as PlanPhilly has rigorously covered.

The online database and mapping tool, which officially launches in June, is making waves across an administration still pushing to fortify its transparency reputation. It’s another in a line of pledged web-based efficiency and openness tools from the Nutter administration.

Below are some links to required and useful reading if you want to know more about Philadelphia’s changing vacant property policies.

Required reading:

More coverage:

Learn more:

[Full Disclosure: This publication's parent company Technically Media has done consulting work with PlanPhilly.]

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Yael Borofsky was the lead reporter for Technically Philly from from December 2011 to June 2012 before leaving to pursue an urban studies graduate degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously she was an editor with the Breakthrough Journal in San Francisco. She loves hockey and coffee.

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