Here's what we're reading this week about the projects, people and policies driving local development:
1/26/2017, Julie Zeglen
Individual donor pool makes first grants to needy neighborhood public schools as the “Philadelphia Public School Giving Circle” kicks off
1/26/2017, Ryan Briggs
The Populist wave raises new talk in Harrisburg of complete elimination of real estate property taxes.
1/26/2017, Carmen Del Raval
Funding and other obstacles to effectively address the lead paint crisis in Pennsylvania are debated in Harrisburg and around the Commonwealth.
1/27/2017, Joseph N. DiStefano
The Inquirer examines the impact of various business regulations enacted by City Council on the City’s ability to attract and retain private employers.
1/27/2017, Natalie Kostelni
Tom Corcoran to retire as President of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, effective June 30th, replacement already named
1/30/2017, Deborah Diamond
Philadelphia may be bucking the national trend of slowing Millenial migration to cities.
1/30/2017, Melissa Romero
A new Center City District report shows Philadelphia’s poverty rate has increased in every neighborhood outside of the city center since 1970.
1/31/2017, Catalina Jaramillo
After decades of dealing with the impacts of what was called the largest urban renewal project in the country, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) officially launched a new planning and feasibility study to decide the future of Lower Eastwick’s 190 acres of publicly owned land.
1/31/2017, Jacob Adelman
Family Court redevelopment gets Historic Tax Credit approval, providing $14 million in funding for the project.
2/1/2017, Angie Schmitt
How much parking is really needed at Transit Oriented Developments?
2/1/2017, Steve Esack
State legislature and Governor examine property tax reform.
2/1/2017, Jared Brey
Urban Land Institute recently held a preservation forum at Villanova, looking at the impact of historic preservation project nationally, with a focus on Philadelphia area projects. From 2001-2014, $351million in historic tax credits were awarded to 277 projects in the Philadelphia.
2/1/2017, Jake Blumgart
Councilman Domb is pushing for tax lien securitization, Council President Clarke has concerns, and the administration stance is still unknown.
2/2/2017, Tricia L. Nadolny
Sanctuary city status may become an issue in Philadelphia’s budget planning this year.
Mayors nationally send a letter to the President explaining the need to include parks in funding for infrastructure projects: