Here's what we're reading this week about the projects, people and policies driving local development:
From 'Not in My Backyard' to 'Yes in My Backyard'
7/5/2017, Alana Samuels
The Atlantic chronicles how urban dwellers are working with developers to shift from “not in my backyard” to “yes in my backyard”.
How a Philly charter school benefits Local 98
7/9/2017, Martha Woodall
Questions were raised about a charter school that was established to channel minority students into the building trades.
Hundreds of properties in Philadelphia are 'unfit for human habitation'
7/7/2017, Claudia Vargas
The hundreds of scattered site rental properties with L&I violations highlights the need to improve the existing housing stock to expand the number of affordable housing units that are in good repair.
Philly's aging, beloved pools need $100 million in repairs
7/9/2017, Julia Terruso
Philadelphia’s 70 public swimming pools—the highest per capita of any major city—will be vying for ReBuild funds towards the $100 million needed in deferred maintenance and replacement costs.
Philadelphia reorganizes development-related agencies into single Department of Planning and Development
7/7/2017, Jake Blumgart
Reorganization of Philadelphia’s development agencies becomes official as of July 1.
Clarke Park: Council President wants builders to make more space for cars
7/13/2017, Jake Blumgart
PlanPhilly gets Council President Clarke on the record as to why he wants to double the parking requirements for multi-family housing.
Blatstein poised to cash in on Philly police HQ plan
7/14/2017, Jacob Adelman
Finances for the proposed N. Broad new Police HQ get scrutiny, for project cost and allocation of historic tax credits.