What We're Reading: Week of December 20, 2021


What We're Reading

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


Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia's biggest commercial real estate stories from 2021

by Natalie Kostelni, December 27, 2021


The Philadelphia Inquirer took a deep dive into predicting the direction of the local housing market for 2022

by Michaelle Bond, December 22, 2021


Inquirer: Philadelphia seems to be doing a great job, with concentrated effort, at addressing the supply chain issues for cargo coming to the Port of Philadelphia

by Catherine Dunn, December 19, 2021


Philadelphia Business Journal: Jim Cramer tells PBJ why he came back to the Philly area to buy a house and why he thinks it’s so hard for Philadelphia to attract more talent and businesses

by Jeff Blumenthal, Updated December 16, 2021


Inquirer: Sparks Therapeutics footprint at Schuylkill Yards is growing with the addition of a $575 million dollar new building, on Drexel owned land with a 99 year ground lease

by Sean Collins Walsh, Updated December 6, 2021


Plan Philly: WHYY reports on increased funding to the Philadelphia Historical Commission to enable the Commission to add two staffers, reducing the time for review of new applications

by Aaron Moselle, December 15, 2021


Inquirer: Former Mayor Nutter penned a harsh Op-Ed in the Inquirer in response to District Attorney Krasner’s assertion that Philadelphia doesn’t have a crime problem, even as Philadelphia has had 521 homicides I 2021 as of the date of Krasner’s comments

by Michael Nutter, December 7, 2021


The Susquehanna Valley Daily Item took note of Philadelphia’s Eviction Diversion program, citing it as a national model to reduce evictions

by Michaelle Bond, December 12, 2021


Sen Schatz of Hawaii describes the bi-partisan bill he co-sponsored to expand affordable housing along transit and in city centers—this bill has passed both Houses and is headed to President Biden for signature

Via Press Release, November 18, 2021


Wired provides an overview of the issues addressed in Scandinavian cities in response to massive rollout of e-scooter rentals that is instructive for Philadelphia if the city considers allowing this option locally

by Morgan Meaker, December 7, 2021