Here's what we're reading this week about the projects, people and policies driving local development:
Just ‘cause: Jones introduces surprise bill aimed at preventing surprise evictions
10/6/2017, Jake Blumgart
Councilman Jones introduces a surprise “just cause” anti-eviction bill, defining a “solution” to a problem that actually isn’t related to the vast majority of tenant evictions that occur in Philadelphia.
Chinatown’s Eastern Tower Community Center finally breaks ground
10/6/2017, Melissa Romero
Chinatown CDC’s Eastern Tower project finally broke ground. The 20 story tower will have market-rate apartments and a long-awaited community center.
The constancy of change in neighborhood populations
9/10/2017, Joe Cortwright
A recent study shows that gentrification has minimal effect on movement patterns in neighborhoods, but the changing demographics highlight existing levels of movement in gentrifying neighborhoods, while not looking at economically stagnant neighborhoods with similar amounts of turnover, especially among renter populations.
Lincoln Institute releases largest national study of inclusionary housing
10/4/2017, The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
The Lincoln Institute released an updated study on inclusionary zoning, as a follow up to their 2015 report.
How excited should Philly be about its growing office market?
10/12/2017, Jake Blumgart
Jones Lang LaSalle reports that jobs have grown in Philadelphia by 5% since 2007, while Philadelphia’s suburbs have seen jobs decline by 0.3% since 2007. This report looks at why, and its impact on the office rental market in Center City.
Philadelphia Land Bank Director to Bring Community Lens to Land-Use Decisions
10/10/2017, Steve Dubb
The new Executive Director of Philadelphia’s Land Bank comes to the post trying to live up to the goals for the recent wave of land banks in post-industrial states.