Here's what we're reading this week about the projects, people and policies driving local development:
5/1/18, Evan Bowen-Gaddy
Because City Council doesn’t micromanage City operations enough? A bill is introduced to place property assessments under control of Council, instead of an independent assessor.
5/4/18, Inga Saffron
The disputes over the demolition of Frankford Chocolate Works, on Washington Avenue, for redevelopment took an interesting turn, as the connection between a “journalist” and the developer was revealed.
5/2/18, Kirk Pinho
At the ULI spring meeting in Detroit, three billionaires talk about rebuilding downtown Detroit.
5/2/18, Jake Blumgart
The Laurel, a mixed rental/condo tower going up on the last remaining open development site fronting Rittenhouse Square, sailed through its final Civic Design Review presentation.
5/4/18, Larry Platt
As the City tries to find out how $26-40 million in City funds is unaccounted for, Councilman Domb continues to call for tighter fiscal oversight within each City department.
PA House Bill 1981 would allow Pennsylvanians to set up tax-free savings account towards first time home purchase, in an effort to rebuild falling homeownership numbers statewide.
Funded by a Knight Foundation challenge grant, Philadelphia has set up an office of service design, using social science and digital design to improve delivery of service across city government.