Here's what we're reading this week about the projects, people and policies driving local development:
Philadelphia Public Record: Construction Tax a Poor Bet, Domb Argues
Denise Furey, September 2, 2018
Councilman Domb spoke out against a 1% construction privilege tax and proposed an alternative funding source for affordable housing.
Inquirer: Wawa Welcome America! CEO picked to lead Visit Philadelphia
Sam Wood, September 6, 2018
Visit Philadelphia named a new CEO to follow on founding CEO Meryl Levitz.
WHYY: City officials: Philly to add 100,000 homes by 2028
Jake Blumgart, September 6, 2018
The City’s Housing Action Plan is nearing completion, with goals for housing preservation and new housing production by income band unveiled at the last public housing board meeting.
Plan Philly: Favored to rise at 709 Chestnut St.: A 27-story condo tower
Jake Blumgart, September 4, 2018
Parkway Corporation’s proposed 317 foot tall residential tower at 709 Chestnut Street was met with strong approval at Civic Design Review (note that graphic states the St. James is 328 feet tall, when it is in fact 498 feet tall).
Pennsylvania Association of Realtors: Foreclosures up across country, Philadelphia sees increase
Kelly Leighton, August 30, 2018
Home foreclosures are up in Philadelphia for the first time in 36 months, fueled in part by foreclosure of reverse mortgages on homeowners over 65 years of age.