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What We're Reading: 7/7/2017

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.

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