Advocates Of Affordable Housing Urge Adoption Of “Flip Tax”

 

"Change in income vs housing costs | Source: Development without Displacement report. Data: 2000 Census, 2008-2012 American Community Survey, City of Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment"

Change in income vs housing costs | Source: Development without Displacement report. Data: 2000 Census, 2008-2012 American Community Survey, City of Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment

  • Fabric Row, 4th Street from Lombard to Christian, will have $1.3 million in non-obtrusive pedestrian lighting installed by year’s end. Yet as the Passyunk Post notes, business owners attending last month’s Queen Village Neighborhood Association meeting are keenly aware that much more needs to be done to ensure the economic viability of Der Ferder. A slew of remedies has been suggested to honor its textile-centric history: workshops, pop-up shops, enhancement of Fourth Fridays, and artist-merchant partnerships.
  • According to CBS Philly, City Council President Darrell Clarke grilled Rebecca Rhynhart, the mayor’s budget director, on the state of the city’s police and fire stations, calling the 22nd District Police station—which he visited upon the death of officer Robert Wilson III last month—a “dump,” and rejecting the mayor’s office’s plan for minimal upgrades on existing facilities as a disservice to those who serve the city.
  • All are invited to the University of Pennsylvania’s Meyerson Hall next week for the an interdisciplinary symposium exploring the genesis, fate, and future of “therapeutic landscapes,” designed spaces that at times have captured the imagination of public health-minded planners. For more information, click HERE
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