Here's what we're reading this week about the projects, people and policies driving local development:
Temple partners in $29 million GEAR UP grant for college readiness
3/1/27, Brandon Lausch
Temple University is working with six high schools and twenty-one middle schools as part of the city-wide GEAR-UP program, leveraging Philadelphia’s university assets to assist more public school students to reach and succeed at college.
Kenney budget puts $90 million toward Penn's Landing park capping I-95 2/27/17, Jake Blumgart
The park to cap I-95 in Center City is closer to full funding under Mayor Kenney’s 2018 budget plan.
The Test Just Began for the Community Benefits Movement
2/20/17, Eric Trickey
Detroit passes a mandated community benefits program for new developments of over $75MM which receive a minimum of $1MM in public subsidy, negotiations will be between each developer and the city’s Planning Director after holding community meetings.
The Building Code Profession Is Dying Out, and That's a Problem
2/8/17, Jake Blumgart
Building inspectors are increasingly reaching retirement age and although this is a good-paying, stable job for those with only a high school diploma or community college certification, few are entering the field.
The High Line's Next Balancing Act
2/7/17, Laura Bliss
What are planners in cities asking about lessons learned from the High Line Park in Manhattan, as they look to develop similar linear parks on disused urban rail lines?