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What We're Reading: Week of 1/21/19

What We're Reading

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

Jake Blumgart, January 24, 2019

Sheet metal workers turned out in force in City Council chambers as Councilwoman Blackwell moved her fire damper bill, without previously agreed upon amendments, creating millions of dollars of unnecessary, but now legally required, work annually for a union supporting her reelection bid.

Jake Blumgart, January 24, 2019

Helen Gym, entering a crowded season of candidates running for At-Large Council seats, puts out a laundry list of possible real estate tax abatement proposals to see which one might give her the best talking points in her reelection bid.

Ryan Briggs, January 25, 2019

The 26 acre former Budd manufacturing plant site in Nicetown was sold at auction to a developer new to Philadelphia, but with a history of mid-market site reuse.

Kristen A. Graham, January 24, 2019

With the help of a local “Friends” group, the public elementary school in Fairmount was able to reopen its shuttered library.

Claudia Vargas, January 26, 2019

With $500,000 so far spent on an outside audit, the “missing” $33 million in City accounts has been reduced to $528,000 still to be fully accounted.

Rachel Kauffman, January 22, 2019

A survey of 110 US Mayors showed that all complained about the use of tax incentives to attract new businesses…by other cities

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