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Blight and Redevelopment Reports

The City Planning Commission has legal responsibilities related to urban renewal, which involves the condemnation of land and buildings for public purposes, including neighborhood and economic development. The process is governed by Pennsylvania Urban Redevelopment Law and is primarily carried out by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA). The City Planning Commission is responsible for determining areas eligible for urban renewal, and for reviewing urban renewal plans and proposals developed by the PRA.

Before urban renewal can occur, the City Planning Commission must establish a Redevelopment Area by (1) certifying the area as blighted and (2) preparing a Redevelopment Area Plan. The plan establishes goals for future development with recommendations land use, zoning, and site planning. Blight certification is an initial requirement, and a given area is sometimes certified a second or third time to update the documentation.
Listed below are all blight and redevelopment reports published by PCPC since 2000, with a few selected reports from earlier years. Many older redevelopment area plans (dating back to 1946) can be viewed at a website hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.














Criteria for Blight

Most commonly used
  • Unsafe, unsanitary and inadequate conditions
  • Economically or socially undesirable land use
  • Faulty street and lot layout
Other criteria
  • Inadequate planning
  • Excessive land coverage
  • Lack of proper light, air and open space
  • Defective design and arrangement of buildings

Urban Redevelopment Law Amendments

Changes to the PA Urban Redevelopment Law (Bill 881) passed in 2006 will apply more stringent criteria to blight certification beginning in 2013. A majority of properties within an area will need to be documented as physically blighted in order for the area to be certified as blighted.