What We're Reading: 3/31/2017

Here's what we're reading this week about the projects, people and policies driving local development:

Is Congressman Charlie Dent a GOP dinosaur — or his party's future?

3/29/2017, John Baer

What does Rep Charlie Dent’s high profile opposition to the Trump Administration say about Pennsylvania’s role in current national policy?

Rebuild team reveals specifics on site selections and nonprofit roles; Council skeptical

3/29/2017, Malcolm Burnley

As the City administration explains more about the implementation of ReBuild, Council pushes back with its intention to hold more control over the process

SEPTA previews new bus route to link University City with Brewerytown, Fairmount and Grays Ferry

3/29/2017, Jim Saksa

SEPTA has a public hearing in the process of laying out a new bus route to respond to new living and work patterns on the western end of Center City and in University City.


3/27/2017, Larry Platt

What’s the City Controller’s race about anyway?

With 4,000 new Philly apartments in the next 2 years, questions of enough vs. too much

3/24/2017, Caitlin McCabe

Center City adjusts to the new wave of ultra-luxury rental buildings coming on line

U.S. Home Flipping Increases 3 Percent in 2016 to a 10-Year High

3/07/2017, Realtytrac Staff

Philadelphia metro was among the most profitable for home flipping in the US in 2016, and Pennsylvania was the most profitable state, based on gross ROI. Locally, the most active zip code was 19150 where “flips” accounting for over 20% of home sales, the sixteenth highest zip code in the nation

Citizen Speaks: The University & The City

Five local university Presidents discuss the role of their universities in the expanded development of Philadelphia, next Thursday, April 20th

2017 County Health Rankings

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issued its annual report on the health of residents, county by county, in Pennsylvania. Bucks, Chester, and Montgomery Counties are all in the top ten healthiest counties, Philadelphia finished dead last—as it does every year—and Delaware County is slightly above average.