Here's what we're reading this week about the projects, people and policies driving local development:
Link up: Art Commision OKs plan to install 100 digital ad kiosks along commercial corridors
11/1/2017, Joe Leonard
The Art Commission approved installation of 100+ advertising kiosks that include device charging stations, to be located along Center City sidewalks.
That’s teamwork: How Rebuild could bring more to rehabbed rec centers than just better sports facilities
11/6/2017, Malcolm Burnley
Through ReBuild, rec centers look to expand their mission, partnering with non-city organizations to widen the role of rec centers in their neighborhoods to serve a broader local population.
Germantown just won that preservation money
11/3/2017, Julie Zeglen
Germantown came in first in a national American Express historic preservation competition and will receive funds to repair and upgrade two locally important buildings along Germantown Avenue.
Measure meant to get tough on squatters fails in Philadelphia Council committee
11/7/2017, Tom MacDonald
With multiple squatter bills proposed, the bill introduced by Councilman Oh was voted down in Committee, but there is desire for a compromise measure.
With more and more Puerto Ricans fleeing to Philly, but still no federal disaster relief funds, city faces growing challenges
11/5/2017, Catalina Jaramillo
The City of Philadelphia is providing disaster relief for hundreds of residents from Puerto Rico who have come to Philadelphia due to family ties, but the federal government is still not supplying any federal disaster funding for housing or services for PR evacuees.
PIDC spent $160K on Philadelphia's Amazon HQ2 bid: Report
11/6/2017, Alison Burdo
Philadelphia’s bid to win Amazon HQ2 cost $245,000.
A SMARTER SMART CITY
11/7/2017, Roxanne Patel Shepelavy
The Citizen asks if City (Council) bureaucracy, including “Councilmanic prerogative” and deep poverty are keeping Philadelphia from implementing “smart city” technologies to increase information and improve service delivery.