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What We're Reading: 1/27/2018

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

Philadelphia Business Journal: Ranked: How Philadelphia room rates compare with the country's most expensive hotels

1/22/18, Carol Smith

How do Philadelphia hotel room rates compare with other major US markets?

PlanPhilly: Why forbidden garages keep popping up in your neighborhood

1/19/18, Jake Blumgart

PlanPhilly examines the volume of zoning variances granted under the new Philadelphia zoning code.

Philadelphia Citizen: LESSONS FROM THE HIGH LINE

1/24/18, Mark Dent

What lessons does Philadelphia need to learn from the High Line as our own Rail Line park comes to fruition? And how is this location different from the High Line?

Curbed: Report: Philly’s housing inventory dipped to all-time low at end of 2017

1/23/18, Melissa Romero

Fourth quarter homes sales in Philadelphia showed a somewhat contradictory performance—lowest inventory and a slight dip in sale prices.

Curbed: 214-townhome development planned along Delaware River in Pennsport

1/24/18, Melissa Romero

A townhouse, marina, café and community center plan for lot along the Delaware that Bart Blatstein recently sold in Pennsport will come before Civic Design Review in February.

Curbed: Toll Brothers reveal shorter, mostly glass tower for Jewelers Row 1/24/18, Melissa Romero

Toll Brothers unveiled its latest redesign for a condo tower on Jeweler’s Row.


Philadelphia 3.0 posits a response to the Wall Street Journal article on Philadelphia’s growing affordability concerns for middle income home buyers.

Chicago Tribune: Amazon dials up Chicago, other HQ2 contenders, to explain selection process

1/25/18, Ryan Ori

The Chicago Tribune’s analysis of potential Amazon sites there, and Amazon’s John Schoettler’s comments, give clues as to how Philadelphia’s proposed sites may fare in the competition.

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