What We're Reading: Week of 4/8/19



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


Pew Charitable Trusts: Philadelphia 2019, The state of the city

April 11, 2019


Pew Research Center has released its “State of the City” report for Philadelphia for 2019, highlighting areas of improvement, decline and stagnation.


Plan Philly: Illegal construction is causing an uptick in building collapses. Will Philly hire more inspectors?

Jake Blumgart, April 10, 2019


After a spate of building collapses, L&I is asking for more inspectors in the field to catch rogue contractors.  The ten year tax abatement was credited with helping to reduce the number of projects without permits, in order to qualify for the abatement


Philadelphia Business Journal: Mayors converge in Philadelphia for Young, Smart and Local Conference (Photos)

Michelle Caffrey, April 11, 2019


A conference organized by Campus Philly brought together young leaders from around the country to celebrate retention of young talent


Inquirer: Repeal the tax abatement, rent control: Here’s what Philadelphia City Council candidates say they’d do first

Julia Terruso, April 15, 2019


The Inquirer posted a lightning round of top priorities that candidates for City Council are championing for their first days in office


Philadelphia Business Journal: 9 Philly hotels opening in 2019 & 2020 (Gallery)

Kenneth Hilario, April 9, 2019


After hitting record hotel occupancy rates in 2018, Philadelphia will see nine more hotels open in 2019 and 2020


Inquirer: Developer Blumenfeld targets July for North Broad Street office-and-apartment tower groundbreaking

Jacob Adelman, April 11, 2019


Blumenfeld’s tower at North Broad and Spring Garden would be the tallest building in Philadelphia outside of Center City, and would take advantage of Opportunity Zone tax benefits




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