What We're Reading: Week of 12/10/18

December 10, 2018

 

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

 

Plan Philly: Labor leaders, city officials spar outside Council chambers

Jake Blumgart, December 13, 2018

 

After supposedly agreeing to amendments to Councilwoman Blackwell’s smoke damper inspection bill, Sheet Metal Workers pulled a surprise push for passage of the original bill by Council before their winter recess.

 

Inquirer: Did Philadelphia make a terrible mistake getting rid of the Chestnut Street Transitway?

Inga Saffron, December 13, 2018

 

Would bringing back the Chestnut Street Transitway reduce traffic congestion and improve bus speeds in Center City? 

 

Inquirer: After 18-month study, Mayor Kenney’s preservation task force offers a few (modest) proposals

Inga Saffron, December 13, 2018

 

As the Historic Preservation Task Force completes its final public meeting, Inga Saffron offers a first summary of suggestions from the process.
 

Philadelphia City Council: Clarke, Squilla, Johnson & Sanchez propose property tax relief expansion to help homeowners experiencing assessment increases

Press Release, December 13, 2018

 

The original LOOP program has helped thousands of low-income homeowners remain in their homes.  Now Council is proposing lowering the percentage of tax increase that would trigger LOOP, enabling approximately 3,000 more households to participate.

 

Plan Philly: Kenney’s ‘Rebuild’ breaks ground on first playground

Malcolm Burnley, December 14, 2018

 

Mayor Kenney broke ground on the first playground renovation to be funded using ReBuild bonds.

 

Plan Philly: Provident Mutual building sale on hold, endangering planned West Philly health campu

Jake Blumgart, December 13, 2018

 

Before recessing for winter break, City Council put a hold on the City’s sale of 4601 Market Street, leaving the future of the site’s reuse up in the air

 

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