Anne Fadullon effectively resigned from her position as Philadelphia’s director of planning and development on Wednesday, but before she left, she shared with the Philadelphia Business Journal some thoughts on the future of city development and her next role.
She told Paul Schwedelson that over the seven and a half years since she started the department and added more staff, working with the city and receiving approval for development projects is a lot more accessible, especially to smaller developers.
Last year the department permitted approximately 26,000 development projects.
“My message to the next administration is please resource the development process,” she said, “because that’s your bread and butter to be able to do all these other things that really need to be done in Philadelphia.”
Tax money generated from new development can help fund city initiatives to address issues related to schools, drugs, and gun violence, she explained.
On her next steps, Fadullon, who is a Flourtown resident, plans on starting her own real estate consulting firm and possibly teaching graduate-level classes.
“Our systems and our processes are not the easiest to navigate. So I’d love to be able to support people in that, also young people or people who have traditionally found this field to be difficult, whether they’re women or a person of color.”
Read more about Anne Fadullon and the future of city development in the Philadelphia Business Journal.
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