The Morning Commute: April 20, 2015
Good morning all. I hope you had a fantastic weekend. The links today are mostly Philly-interest subjects:
1. Check out these New Yorkers celebrating the great weather. This is how Independence Mall or Fairmount Park should look like when it first gets warm every year.
2. Philadelphia International Records is now history, to make way for the new Dranoff tower on South Broad Street. It's a shame they couldn't have at least used the facade of this building in the new design.
3. Rents are rising in many neighborhoods in Philly. It is now the 12th most expensive rental market in the country.
4. Bad news for the Convention Center, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board is reconsidering the drawn-out labor dispute with the Teamsters and Carpenters. Hopefully this doesn't lead to backtracking on the Convention Center's recent progress in attracting more business.
5. Great news on the tax delinquency front: Philadelinquency reports that L&I and the Revenue Department are working together to make strides against delinquent landlords. Hurrah!
6. The Navy Yard could see civilian residential development within its boundaries soon, pending a deal between PIDC and the Navy.
7. The School Reform Commission approved $55 million in tax incentives to redevelop The Gallery, which is great and all, but where are the residential towers on top of the renovated buildings?
8. Stephen Stofka writes about the controversial, much-discussed development proposals along Delaware Avenue. Hopefully some kind of progress can go come out of these proposals.
9. The Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) is piloting a new buffered bike lane around RIttenhouse Square. Get out there and bike on it, Philadelphia!
10. Fairmount Park advocate and conservation organizations merge into one organization, losing no staff along the way.