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What We're Reading: 1/20/2018

Here's what we're reading this week about the projects, people and policies driving local development:

1/8/18, John Dougherty

Class B residential rental properties are increasingly in demand by investors, less for “value add” potential but as a stable income source, targeting workforce tenants.

1/15/18, Charles Ellison

The Philadelphia Citizen parses various ways to analyze what the unemployment rate in Philadelphia really is, depending on how various groups of job seekers are counted.

1/15/18, Kristin Graham

Mayor Kenney announced the 13 member panel that will review candidates for the new School Board, and submit a list of 27 candidates to the Mayor, who will select nine from that list, with City Council input, to serve on the newly reconstituted School Board.


SEPTA is looking to implement major upgrades in its trolley network, including some changes that will enable trolleys to run more like light rail systems than like buses.


Penn Institute for Urban Research released opinion pieces by local experts on the potential impact of winning Amazon HQ2 as Philadelphia makes the cut of 20 contenders out of 238 applicants to land the HQ2.

As Philadelphia makes the first cut for Amazon HQ2, here are the testimonials that were submitted in support of the city’s bid.

Temple University is taking the next steps towards building a stadium with retail on its North Broad main campus.


With Merill Levitz retiring, the Inquirer asks if it’s time for Philadelphia’s two tourism and convention marketing agencies to become one.

1/19/18, Darrell Clarke

Darrell Clarke fires a shot across the bow of the real estate tax abatement, sending a warning shot for upcoming budget negotiations this spring.

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