Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, who won his primary race this month, introduced a bill May 23 that would ban balconies and bay windows in portions of Point Breeze and Grays Ferry. It would also set restrictions on the features elsewhere in the city.
Johnson’s legislation comes amid unprecedented change in his district, which stretches from the fast-gentrifying neighborhoods of Graduate Hospital and Point Breeze, to areas farther south and west, including the Navy Yard and Eastwick. Thousands of new rowhouses have been built, adding taller and showier structures to older and modest rowhouse blocks. The boxy, bump-out bay windows that Johnson aims to legislate have become a well-known architectural feature of Philadelphia’s construction boom, just as aluminum siding and roof decks have…[ ]