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What We're Reading: 10/21/18

Here's what we're reading this week about the projects, people and policies driving local development:

WHYY: Philadelphia wins major grant for environmental work

By Tom MacDonald, October 21, 2018

Philadelphia was successful in being one of the 20 US cities awarded Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge to develop new ways to combat climate change at the city level, including reducing carbon emission from buildings.

Inquirer: Philadelphia is so dirty the city wants residents and business owners to help collect trash

By Michelle Bond, October 19, 2018

Filth-adelphia? The city reaches out to get residents and businesses to help combat litter.

Inquirer: Extend the Broad Street Line north, make parking permits more expensive, and more radical ideas to calm Philly’s traffic woes and make us a better city | Opinion

Staff Reports, October 19, 2018

The Inquirer reached out for ways to reduce traffic congestion, here’s a range of responses that came in.

Inquirer: Liberty Property Trust to shed Philly, Camden office properties to focus on warehouses

Jacob Adelman, October 23, 2018

Liberty Property Trust is divesting its office portfolio, including Comcast and Navy Yard properties, to concentrate on industrial holdings.

Philadelphia Business Journal: Airbnb has generated $8M in tax revenue in Phila., $21M+ in Pa.

Kenneth Hilario, October 23, 2018

Air BnB released tax payment information for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and several PA counties.

WHYY: Philly gets second MacArthur grant to cut prison population in half

Jarrett Lyons, October 24, 2018

After Philadelphia’s remarkable success at exceeding its three year goal for reduction of prison population—after only two years—MacArthur Foundation awarded a new $4 million dollar grant to halve the prison population and achieve racial parity.

Plan Philly: Trump's development tax break presents 'unusual' opportunity for Philly, Drexel fellow says

Meir Rinde, October 24, 2018

Bruce Katz, director of the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University talks about the flexibility of the newly enacted Opportunity Zone tax credit program that could reduce the cost of redeveloping sites in several areas of Philadelphia.

Plan Philly: Kensington's hottest address? New homes to rise across from scene of scrapyard fire

Jake Blumgart, October 18, 2018

ZBA approval is granted for redevelopment of a large site in Kensington, north of Lehigh Avenue, pushing new development across the Lehigh Avenue rail viaduct.

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