Here's what we're reading this week about the projects, people and policies driving local development:
WHYY: Philly City Council asks: With schools deficit further away, why pay?
5/9/18, Dale Mezzacappa, Avi Wolfman-Arent
In light of additional revenue from the recent 10.5% in value of taxable real estate across the city, Council grilled School Superintendent Hite on the need to further increase taxes to provide more funding for the School District this year.
PlanPhilly: City budget hearings come to end with no consensus on who deserves a tax break
5/9/18, Jake Blumgart
As Council winds up budget hearings, PlanPhilly summarizes lines of questioning on the newly proposed construction privilege tax, proposed tweaks to the real estate tax abatement, increased property assessments and programs that provide tax relief to low income homeowners.
PlanPhilly: Dave Perri's controversial solution to Philly's housing crisis
5/8/18, Jake Blumgart
L&I Commissioner Dave Perri proposes legalization of rooming houses as a public safety measure, so bring existing rooming houses out of the shadows and into building code compliance.
WHYY: Philly mayor threatens council over lagging rec center rebuild
5/12/18, Malcolm Burnley
New battle lines are drawn on how and when to start ReBuild, with the Mayor’s recent letter to Council complaining about Council delays.
NLIHC: Study Examines Why Growing Numbers of Renters are Choosing Single-Family Homes
Renters are increasingly renting single family houses.
Houwzer: What Happens When Philadelphia Tax Abatements Expire? Part II
4/30/18, Kevin Gillen
What happens when a homeowner’s tax abatement expires? Kevin Gillen hunts down the answer.
Philadelphia Citizen: What did they know? When did they know it?
5/16/18, Larry Platt
Testimony by the City Treasurer was lightly attended by Council members, but Councilman Domb grilled the department, incredulous at how long the City has left its fund accounts unreconciled.
PlanPhilly: City Council moves to require more parking in Philly neighborhoods
5/16/18, Jake Blumgart
Back to the future: Just when you thought the 20th century was over, Council members first elected in the 20th century try to resurrect that century’s parking requirements.
PlanPhilly: Philly tops other U.S. big cities on food access and walkability
5/16/18, Diana Lu
How does Philadelphia compare with peer cities on several healthy quality of life standards?
PlanPhilly: Kensington’s luxury townhouse kings experimenting with lower-priced condos
5/16/18, Diana Lu
RiverWards Group plans a lower cost new construction condo development in South Kensington, with 146 units ranging from $160k to $280k per unit.
PlanPhilly: Mayor Kenney announces first rec 'rebuild' as clash over union diversity heats up
5/17/18, Malcolm Burnley
The Mayor and Council continue to spar over the ReBuild program’s stalled status due to Council’s non-approval of the construction process.