Here's what we're reading this week about the projects, people and policies driving local development:
Jake Blumgart, September 13, 2018
After a long morning of intense back and forth, Council and the Mayor forged a compromise substitution for the construction privilege tax to provide additional money for the Housing Trust Fund.
Jake Blumgart, September 12, 2018
From the sublime to the ridiculous, Councilwoman Bass proposed eliminating the ten year real estate tax abatement altogether. Aside from Councilwoman Gym, this idea has no traction on Council.
Alfred Lubrano, September 12, 2018
Census reporting released this week showed that the poverty rate in Philadelphia remains unchanged, and deep poverty has increased, despite rising incomes and lower unemployment regionally and nationally.
Starr Herr-Cardillo, September 13, 2018
A software engineer launched an attack on the tax abatement via Twitter posts of abated taxes, but doesn’t calculate revenue, e.g. transfer tax in his bot.
Claudia Vargas and TyLisa C. Johnson, September 13, 2018
With Philadelphia’s persistently high poverty rate reported unchanged, the Inquirer looks into the City’s dedicated anti-poverty agency.
Michael D’Onofrio, September 11, 2018
The Philadelphia Tribune had its own take on the expected veto of the construction tax the day before Council returned to session.