Time to Fix Eminent Domain

James Dupree's studio.

James Dupree’s studio.

Congratulations to James Dupree.

After a long fight with the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA), the artist last week learned that he can keep his studio in the Mantua section of the city. The fight began back in 2012 when the PRA, citing the city’s eminent domain authority, seized his property and offered him what they considered a fair market value to vacate. Dupree disagreed on that. The PRA claimed, and still claims, that the area is a “food desert” and needed his block so that a private developer could build a supermarket. Dupree also disagreed. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said. “A developer could easily build around my studio or on the vacant block next to me.”

The reasons can be debated. But there’s one thing that requires no debate: The eminent domain process has to change. Eminent domain is defined as: “The power of the government to take private property and convert it into public use. The Fifth Amendment provides that the government may only exercise this power if they provide just compensation to the property owners.”

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PHOTOS: We Got a Sneak Peek at Icon 1616

Last night, the new Icon 1616 luxury apartment building invited G Philly to host an intimate sneak peek at some of its living spaces. I invited a few well-dressed friends, and we sipped wine and champagne, enjoyed some nibbles from Brûlée Catering, and browsed through some of the units, which were staged by local interior designers Floss Barber, Carrie Leskowitz, and Carole Roach. Below, some photos from the evening.



The space will open to the public on for an Interior Design Showcase and Sweeps Open House on Saturday, May 31st. For more information, visit icon1616.com.

Score Discount Tickets to the 2014 Philadelphia Home Show

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DIY Network host John DeSilvia is scheduled to appear at the Philly Home Show all weekend.

The Philadelphia Home Show has been kind enough to give Ticket readers a discount code for this weekend’s show at the PA Convention Center. The deal is that you get $4 off each ticket when you enter the code “PMAG,” or you can just click this link and let it do it for you. The total cost will be $9 per ticket.

This is the last weekend of the show, which, this year, is themed “Renew, Refresh and Restore Your  Home.” If you’re in the process of revamping your digs, this may be a good opportunity. There you’ll find all kinds of vendors — from appliance folks and interior designers to people who will help you whip your garden or, if you’re like me, your postage-stamp patio into shape before spring.

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Contractors Face New Requirements in the New Year

Plan Philly reports that City Hall is raising standards for building and demolition contractors starting in the new year. “The Department announced the new rules in a press release Monday afternoon. L&I has been working on the new requirements since the summer, said spokeswoman Rebecca Swanson. Additional information was provided in a code bulletin on the Department’s website. … Additionally, the Department reminded contractors that, under legislation introduced by Councilman Bobby Henon, they will now be required to post license numbers at job sites and on correspondence. They must also post permits and issuance certificates at job sites.”

 

 

American Sardine Bar’s John Longacre on Point Breeze

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John Longacre talks Point Breeze and development over on Property, Philadelphia magazine’s real estate blog. Here are some more of the week’s most interesting real estate posts.

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University City Will Get a New Liquor Store

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Check out the week’s most interesting posts on Philadelphia magazine’s real estate blog, Property. University City has been without a liquor store since the Wine & Spirits shop closed on Market Street at 40th Street. But now comes word that a new state store will open in a mixed-use building spanning 43rd Street from Sansom to Chestnut.

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Iron Hill Re-evaluating Ardmore

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Check out the week’s most interesting posts on Philadelphia magazine’s real estate blog, Property. Iron Hill is “re-evaluating its involvement in Ardmore and editor Liz Spikol imagines a world where Questlove and Stephen Starr bring Hybird to South Street.

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Allan Domb Discusses 13th Street, Rittenhouse Square and More

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Check out the week’s most interesting posts on Philadelphia magazine’s real estate blog, Property. Real estate king Allan Domb talks plans for 13th Street and the north side of Rittenhouse Square.

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