Here's what we're reading this week about the projects, people and policies driving local development:
Billy Penn: Philly’s mayor has a new chief of staff: Jim Engler taking over for longtime Kenney aide Jane Slusser
8/1/18, Michaela Winberg
Mayor Kenney’s long-term Chief of Staff is moving on and Jim Engler will be the new Chief of Staff.
The Philadelphia Citizen: The Abatement Stakes
8/2/18, Kevin C. Gillen
Kevin Gillen’s latest deep dive into the long term impact of the real estate tax abatement shows that the tax abatement is a critical element to providing enough value to new construction to cover the high cost of construction in Philadelphia.
WHYY: Philly offers affordable housing to help parents regain custody of kids in foster care
6/27/18, Nina Feldman
In a new twist on providing affordable housing, the City of Philadelphia is providing funds to provide housing for parents who need appropriate housing to be reunited with their children.
Inquirer: Liberty Property Trust writes down value of Camden waterfront development by $26 million
6/30/18, Jacob Adelman
Liberty Property Trust adjusted its expectations for Camden Waterfront development.
Plan Philly: Old homes, high poverty make Philadelphia housing less than affordable for some
8/10/18, Anna Kramer
Another study on the positive effects of cleaning and greening vacant lots was conducted by Penn over three years, showing positive effects on mental health, and reduced crime in areas where vacant lots were maintained by PHS.
Plan Philly: More parking tickets should mean more school books, activists tell PPA
7/24/18, Jim Saska
The Parking Authority responded to questions about it falling short of the funding goal to be provided from PPA revenue to the Philadelphia School District.