Here's what we're reading this week about the projects, people and policies driving local development:
Philly moves to regulate demolition
10/19/2017, Jake Blumgart
City Council introduced bills to add requirements to the building demolition process.
City Council Resolution: Amazon HQ2
10/16/2017, City Council
Philadelphia releases its website that was created to sell Amazon on Philadelphia, and the testimonials tell the core of Philadelphia’s appeal to existing businesses: Location, talent, vibrant work/life balance and cultural attractions, exciting food scene, superlative health care and medical innovation, and throughout the testimonials, the hard working, results-oriented work culture of grit and scrappy determination.
What comes after the SRC? City likely to move soon on new Philly school board
10/20/2017, Kristen A. Graham & Chris Brennan
The School Reform Commission is likely to vote this fall to return control of the Philadelphia School District to local, versus state control, which could be in place by the 2018-19 school year.
“Quality of Life” is Philadelphia’s biggest selling point. Can it survive an Amazonian invasion?
10/23/2017, Jim Saksa
PlanPhilly finishes up its “what if Amazon chose Philly?” series with an examination of what Philadelphia’s “quality of life” means to transplants.
Stop & Go crackdown provision awaits governor’s signature
10/25/2017, Jason Gottesman
PA Senate passes a bill for stronger enforcement of “Stop and Go” stores, in support of neighborhoods.
Pennsylvanians, a balanced budget is finally close at hand
10/26/2017, Jan Murphy
Funding for the 2017-18 PA fiscal year budget may finally be agreed upon in Harrisburg, only four months late.