August 7, 2020
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Germantown High redevelopment moves forward

A $50 million proposal to renovate the former Germantown High School site into a mixed-use facility is moving forward, aided by a city provision allowing the adaptive reuse of historic structures — a provision some neighbors say cut them out of the zoning process. | From: PlanPhilly (Read more.)

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How to solve Philly’s affordable housing crisis

Although COVID-19 has put a spotlight on housing inequality, our city had serious housing issues long before the pandemic hit. Now is the time for organizations in the public and private sector to help address this crisis and specifically work towards rectifying the wrongs to Black, brown, Latinx, and communities of color. | From: Plan Philly (Read more.)

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Philadelphia City Council plan trades ’good’ jobs for lower taxes on parking industry

Parking lot operators are furious about the city’s proposal to raise the parking tax even as they’ve watched their business wither during the coronavirus. In response, Philadelphia City Council is offering this deal: Develop “good jobs” and we’ll bring the rate back down. It aims to be the rare plan that appeals to both labor and employers. | From: The Philadelphia Inquirer (Read more.)

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New Media Initiative Looks to Find Solutions to Philadelphia’s Enduring Poverty Problem

Poverty has long been a central challenge for the city of Philadelphia. Now, a collection of the region’s media organizations – including both large and general interest newsrooms and small community and ethnic media – are working to cover the issue more robustly and identify potential solutions. From: Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity (Read more.)

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