What We're Reading: Week of September 6, 2021


What We're Reading

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


Inquirer: Residential rental vacancy rates are down to 4% in Philadelphia and 3% across the region, as demand for rental units increases, evictions are on hold, and construction of new units fails to keep up with the demand

by Michaelle Bond, August 30, 2021


WHYY: With City Council returning from its summer recess, four of the Council members are looking at housing related legislation to focus on in the fall session

by Aaron Moselle, September 16, 2021


U.S. Treasury: The Treasury Department is releasing additional funding to metro areas that have successfully distributed most of their pandemic rent relief funds from rounds one and two; Philadelphia is a leader in its successful rollout and will be receiving additional funds

by U.S. Treasury, September 14, 2021


Philadelphia Business Journal: Hilco Redevelopment Partners only considered two trophy office locations for their Philadelphia headquarters

by Natalie Kostelni, August 11, 2021


Penn Capital Star: State Senator Saval and Governor Wolf called on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to halt evictions statewide, after the US Supreme Court halted the CDC ban on evictions nationally

by Stephen Caruso, August 27, 2021


PennLive.com: Two large companies, one national and one global, announced this week that they were moving their headquarters from Central Pennsylvania to Philadelphia

by Ivey DeJesus, Updated September 16, 2021


Philadelphia Business Journal: Construction hiring fell slightly over the summer, with increasing hiring on residential construction unable to offset declines in non-residential construction jobs

by Ethan Lott, September 7, 2021


Inquirer: Philadelphia City Council is gearing up for its once a decade process of redrawing the ten District boundaries in response to the latest census numbers, this time against the backdrop of District members potentially not completing their current terms as they step down to run for Mayor

by Sean Collins Walsh and Jonathan Lai, Updated September 13, 2021


The move of Philadelphia Sheriff Sales from in person to virtual has not resulted in increased purchasing by out of town buyers

by Marina Affo and Chris A. Williams, Updated September 3, 2021


Bloomberg: Wilkinsburg, PA, an older suburb of Pittsburgh, is the center of a debate about renewed annexation of suburbs by cities (scroll past the parking article)

by Dayna Evans