What We're Reading: Week of July 26, 2021


What We're Reading

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

The Brookings Institution: In the wake of the Champlain Towers South collapse, Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Lab examines the risks in common-interest property ownership, especially in areas like Miami, where this represents as much as 35% of all residential housing units

by Tracy Hadden Loh, July 29, 2021


Inquirer: At the July Civic Design Review meeting, four mixed-use residential towers were presented in the Callowhill Overlay District, conforming with the new neighborhood district goals laid out in the extensive rezoning done to promote a residential neighborhood on disused former industrial sites

by Michaelle Bond, July 21, 2021


Philadelphia Business Journal: Industrial properties are hot commodities, with large deals being completed off-market

by Natalie Kostelni, July 28, 2021


Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies released its annual State of the Nation’s Housing report

by PD&R Edge Home, July 26, 2021


Alexandria, VA, Houston, TX and Minneapolis, MN are finalists in an annual ULI award program for innovative governmental approaches to promoting and preserving affordable housing

by ULI Staff, July 26, 2021


Inquirer: Philadelphia is reviewing 3500 applications a week as it attempts to distribute federal rent relief payments ahead of the extended eviction moratorium deadline

by Michaelle Bond, Updated August 8, 2021


Philadelphia Business Journal: Penn is working internally with employees to increase departmental procurement with local and diverse businesses

by Kennedy Rose, July 29, 2021


eContractPhilly: Emerging from the pandemic, Philadelphia’s Commerce Department is seeking a consultant to develop a strategic and operational workplan to reinvigorate its mission consistent with goals of diversity, equity and inclusion

by eContract Philly, July 2021


City of Phila: Econsult Solutions released a report on the City’s Clean Corridors Program, employing cleaning ambassadors along 83 neighborhood commercial corridors in Philadelphia

by Kevin Lessard, May 5, 2021


Commercial Observer: In what could be a model for our area, a DC area –based fund has been set up to finance developers of color with new housing developments in the District

by Keith Loria, July 8, 2021


Philadelphia Business Journal: As campuses plan for returning students, Penn is issuing an RFP to plan a new student performing arts center that would open in 2025

by Natalie Kostelni, August 5, 2021


PlanPhilly: Shift Capital entered into a Community Benefits Agreement providing job training for neighborhood residents, as it moves forward with redevelopment of the Beury Building site on North Broad Street

by Taylor Allen, July 20, 2021


PennLive: With fewer miles being driven and more efficient cars, Pennsylvania, like other locations, is examining alternative sources for funding PennDOT, including mileage fees and package delivery fees

by Jan Murphy, July 28, 2021