Here's what we're reading this week about the projects, people and policies driving local development:
Kenney aiming to keep preservation pledges with task force on historic protections4/19/17, Jacob Adelman
Mayor Kenney will be establishing a task force on Historic Preservation. The task force is being funded by the Wm Penn Foundation, and will include developers and members of the preservation community.
Kenney launches Historic Preservation Task Force
4/20/17, Ashley Hahn
Members of the Historic Preservation Task force are named.
Former Councilman Frank DiCicco to lead Philly zoning board
4/17/17, Claudia Vargas
Frank DiCicco is appointed to be the new Chair of the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
Blackwell backs parking-protected bike lane on Chestnut Street at community open house
4/20/17, Jim Saksa
Councilwoman Blackwell is convinced to support installing a protected bike travel lane along Chestnut Street in University City, after being presented with crash data for bicycles and pedestrians along that route: http://planphilly.com/articles/2017/04/20/blackwell-backs-parking-protected-bike-lane-on-chestnut-street-at-community-open-house
Housing market cooling off in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh
4/19/17, Margaret Krauss
Keystone Crossroads looks at residential rental vacancy rates in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia to see the impact of the new construction boom.
THE UNIVERSITY AND THE CITY: Our sold-out Citizen Speaks event brought five city university presidents together for the first time. Hopefully it's not the last
4/24/17, Roxanne Patel Shepelavy
Five Philadelphia college Presidents came together at a Forum to talk about the roles their institutions play in the economic health of the city, and how Philadelphia helps attract students to their institutions.
Redevelopment Authority selects developer for MOVE bombing site
4/18/17, Claudia Vargas
The contract to redevelop the former MOVE houses in the Cobbs Creek neighborhood was awarded by the Redevelopment Authority to a developer whose proposal has a budget of $89,000 per house for total development.