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What We're Reading: 6/16/2017

Old City Design Guide

Old City District issued a Storefront Design Guideline booklet

View from the top: Two new luxury buildings welcome the wealthy – and why that matters for the rest of us
6/8/17, Jake Blumgart
A surprising benefit of new ultra-luxury condos is that the business executives they attract would likely bring their company headquarters back into the city with them, based on studies of how CEO’s decide where to locate their companies

Philly could reap higher profits on land sales with a little extra work, councilman says


Councilman Domb proposes upzoning City owned lots prior to sale to increase revenue to City

Advocate for multimodal transportation killed in crash at 16th and JFK
6/14/17, Jim Saska
The death of Peter Javsicas, a multimodal transportation advocate, while walking along the sidewalk on JFK Boulevard will hopefully bring more attention and action to the Mayor’s Vision Zero plan to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in Philadelphia
1911 Walnut tower plans updated as project nears final legislative approval
6/14/17, Jake Blumgart
Southern Land Company 1911 Walnut tower was scaled down in the latest version, presented to Rules Committee of City Council and Planning Commission for final approval before a full Council vote. The project would preserve two of the three historic Samson Street buildings for affordable housing, with additional affordable units in the main tower

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court upholds Philly soda tax

6/14/17, Dan Levy
Legal fight over the soda tax continues on with another ruling in the process
First a World Heritage City, Now Philadelphia is a 'National Treasure'
6/15/17, Inga Saffron
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, holding its national board meeting in Philadelphia, designates the city a “National Treasure” in a move to promote historic architecture as an economic driver

On deadline, Philly City Council reaches consensus on Rebuild

6/16/17, Tricia L. Nadolny

After months of negotiations between Council and the Administration, Council approves authorization for ReBuild bonds just short of the deadline before Council recesses for the summer

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