Here's what we're reading this week about the projects, people and policies driving local development:
Plan Philly: Philadelphia officials promise crackdown on Center City traffic scofflaws
Jim Saksa, September 21, 2018
The Mayor and Council President propose a new classification of uniformed, but unarmed, officers to direct traffic and keep traffic lanes clear of stopped vehicles in an effort to reduce the worsening Center City congestion and roadway safety issues.
Philadelphia Magazine: The Looming DROP Apocalypse
Ralph Cipriano, September 15, 2018
Philadelphia Magazine reminds people of the lingering problem of DROP, and how most voters seem to have forgotten about a program that is adding to pension costs in Philadelphia’s budget.
WHYY: Controversial anti-squatting bill becomes law in Philadelphia
Aaron Moselle, September 17, 2018
An anti-squatter bill became law in Philadelphia without the Mayor’s signature. Some details are still being addressed with follow up legislation.
The Philadelphia Tribune: Residents furious, speak out against street name after former Mayor W. Wilson Goode
Michael D'Onofrio, September 19, 2018
Overbrook Farms residents protested against the Councilmanic prerogative process for renaming streets, in this case honoring former Mayor Wilson Goode.
Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania: State Housing Tax Credit (SB1185) Introduced
September 19, 2018
A Pennsylvania State Housing Credit, modeled on federal LIHTC credits, was introduced into the State Senate.
Plan Philly: Will Philly's parking wars cost Mount Airy a new Aldi grocery store?
Jake Blumgart, September 14, 2018
In the weirdest use of “gentrification” complaint, West Mt Airy neighbors worry that a new housing development with a discount grocer Aldi will bring “gentrification” to West Mt. Airy…but it’s really all about the parking.
Plan Philly: Risky business: City Planning Commission votes down bill that would help community groups pay for insurance
Jake Blumgart, September 19, 2018
The Philadelphia City Planning Commission weighed in on bills governing RCO notification and vetos support for Director’s and Officer’s insurance for RCOs.
Plan Philly: Grocery stores are popping up in Philadelphia. Don't be fooled, the boom is over
Jim Saksa, September 19, 2018
As the new Sprouts market opens in the restored train shed at Lincoln Square, the city’s supermarket expansion is showing signs of dramatically slowing; Lauren Gilchrist of JLL says this is part of a national trend.