New Report Calls For “Equitable Development,” Offers Policy Recommendations

 

the front page of the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations' latest report

The front page of the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations’ latest report

  • City Paper considers a report released yesterday by the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations that urges city leaders to address the often uneven gains resulting from Greater Center City’s economic development by “providing the financial and political structure” needed to counter what it calls “inexcusable inequalities and economic segregation.” “We must recognize,” it argues, “that the new private investment transforming some of our neighborhoods does not automatically ‘trickle down’ and benefit those who are most economically disadvantaged or struggling to remain in the middle class.” To view the “Beyond Gentrification Toward Equitable Neighborhoods” PDF, click HERE.
  • In a “lopsided vote” on Tuesday night, Philly Living reports that the Fishtown Neighbors Association voiced its support for the granting of variances needed for the redevelopment of a five-story former industrial building at 1224 Frankford Avenue. Developer Roland Kassis would also construct a six-story building on the adjoining vacant lot, yet assured Fishtown residents that said the building would obscure Shepard Fairey’s Lotus Diamond mural—barely six months old— only to pedestrians. Among the three parcels associated with this project, Kassis plans a 125-room “hotel and co-working space, two restaurants, a banquet hall, a jazz club and a swim club,” all of which will take their cues from developmental precedents from New York.
  • Temple University has received the official go-ahead from the Planning Commission to tear down the former William Penn High building that it purchased last year, says NewsWorks. No plans have been made to the replace the building’s original educational purpose, though the University has publicly said that it would invariably support the neighborhood’s economy by including various job-training programs.
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