What We're Reading: Week of April 5, 2021


What We're Reading

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

PlanPhilly: Allan Domb introduced three bills to reduce business and wage taxes and the Mayor is expected to make similar proposals in his annual budget address, to incentivize jobs to return to the city post-pandemic

by Ryan Briggs, April 7, 2021


PlanPhilly: A bill to allow “accessory dwelling units” was voted out of Committee, with amendments required by six of ten District Councilmembers excluding their Districts, which could create confusion when redistricting happens next year

by Taylor Allen, April 8, 2021


Philadelphia Business Journal: The pandemic is accelerating a move to decentralize corporate headquarters, or to officially eliminate them altogether

by Dylan Thomas and Marc Stiles, April 1, 2021


Philly Voice: Philadelphia bucked the trend of other cities that saw residents leave urban areas during the pandemic, with a net influx from New York, Boston and Washington, DC

by Hannah Kanik, April 6, 2021


JLL identified eight “rising star” cities that were increasingly being looked at as alternatives to gateway cities for corporate headquarters; aside from Denver, all are in the south

by Kristen Murphy, March 25, 2021


Inquirer: An Op-Ed from the Wm Penn Foundation points out why the Philadelphia region, with its existing environmental and green jobs infrastructure, is already set to be a pilot region for President Biden’s green infrastructure proposal

by Nathan Boon, April 1, 2021


Inquirer: An op-ed in the Inquirer points out that only owner-occupied single family houses are eligible to install solar panels, and calls for a change to State law allow multi-family housing to access community solar projects to reduce energy costs and use of fossil fuel

by The Editorial Board, April 9, 2021


PlanPhilly: Online sheriff sales were rolled out in what is now being called a pilot program, in part due to negative reactions from members of City Council

by Ryan Briggs, April 6, 2021


PlanPhilly: Amazon outbid SEPTA for a large warehouse site in Southwest Philadelphia that was a key to the transit agency being able to modernize to the next generation of light rail on trolley lines

by Ryan Briggs and Darryl C. Murphy, March 30, 2021


Philadelphia Business Journal: Goldenberg Group puts visible development site on the market, across from their larger 8th and Market site

by Natalie Kostelni, March 29, 2021


Philadelphia Business Journal: Frankel Enterprises is undertaking a second development of workforce homes for sale in North Philadelphia, a rare project meeting a category that has deep need in redeveloping neighborhoods

by Natalie Kostelni, April 1, 2021


Inquirer: Requests for fecal samples were just one weird twist in the NIMBY opposition to a proposed apartment project in University City

by William Bender and Ellie Rushing, Updated April 1, 2021


PlanPhilly: Philadelphia Sheriff’s office held its first online property foreclosure auction, raising objections from many Council members and others

by Ryan Briggs, April 6, 2021

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