What We're Reading: Week of 1/14/19

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

Inquirer: A new Washington Square high-rise? Philly developer tries again to build condo tower over Dilworth House

Caitlin McCabe, January 15, 2019

The last building lot on Washington Square is in play again, as the owner submitted plans for permit approval to build a 12 story condo tower behind and above the façade of the Dilworth House.

Philadelphia Business Journal: From the editor: There’s evidence regionalism works

Craig Ey, January 17, 2019

The Philadelphia Business Journal urges stronger regionalism in 2019 to increase Philadelphia’s competitive standing for new jobs.

Philadelphia Business Journal: At inauguration, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf touts comeback

John Cole, Politics PA, January 16, 2019

Governor Wolf was inaugurated for a second term in office, and used his inauguration speech to point out areas where bipartisan consensus was achieved.

WHYY: Philly judge makes $135,000 gaming city land sales

Ryan Briggs, January 17, 2019

Another set of questionable land transfers adds to the realization of problems with VPRC and disposition of City-owned lots, as the City freezes all VPRC land sales.

Inquirer: A look at the residential tower planned for the Sheraton site in Society Hill that neighbors oppose

Jacob Adelman, January 17, 2019

The 27 story “addition” to the Society Hill Sheraton moves to its next steps.

The Philadelphia Citizen: The (Unanticipated) Effects of Opportunity Zones

Bruce Katz, January 17, 2019

Bruce Katz examines the broader economic and social possibilities of Opportunity Zones, and how that presents new formats for publicizing OZ projects.

The Philadelphia Citizen: Term Limits for City Council?

Larry Platt, January 18, 2019

While there has been a repeated call from some Philadelphia residents for term limits on Council members, the only entity that can move that proposal forward is Council itself.

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