Philly Considering Bike Share Program

April 30, 2008

CBS3 reports, “Philadelphia City Council plans to explore the benefits of a bike-share program.”

Source: Philly Considering Bike Share Program

Editorial: Affordable Homes

April 30, 2008

An Inquirer editorial reads, “The nation’s sputtering real estate market hasn’t been the good news one might expect for low-income Philadelphians looking for affordable housing.”

Source: Editorial: Affordable Homes

Lawyers sue again over prison overcrowding in Philadelphia

April 30, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “The Philadelphia prison population hit a record high of more than 9,300 inmates earlier this month, and the jail system is now so overcrowded that more than 2,000 of them are confined three to a cell, according to a class-action lawsuit filed this week.”

Source: Lawyers sue again over prison overcrowding in Philadelphia

Schools budget disappoints many

April 30, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “Philadelphia parents and politicians yesterday bemoaned a ‘grim’ schools budget that, they said, offers little hope for comprehensive change without huge increases in funding.”

Source: Schools budget disappoints many

Phila., SEPTA seek better relationship

April 30, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “The city and SEPTA, long trapped in a loveless marriage, are embarking on a second honeymoon.”

Source: Phila., SEPTA seek better relationship

Phila.-area foreclosure activity up from late last year

April 30, 2008

The Phila. Business Journal reports, “Foreclosure filings in the Philadelphia metro area increased by 70 percent from fourth quarter 2007 to the first quarter of this year, but were down 63 percent compared to the first quarter of last year, according to the RealtyTrac online marketplace for foreclosure properties.”

Source: Phila.-area foreclosure activity up from late last year

Philadelphia area’s foreclosure rate drops 30%

April 30, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “The Philadelphia region’s first-quarter foreclosure rate fell almost 30 percent from the same period a year earlier, bucking a national trend that saw filings rise to one in every 194 U.S. households.”

Source: Philadelphia area’s foreclosure rate drops 30%

Solar plant to go up at Philadelphia Navy Yard

April 30, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “A big solar-energy project at the Philadelphia Navy Yard was offered yesterday as the sort of innovation envisioned in a Rendell administration energy bill that has languished for months in a Senate committee in Harrisburg.”

Source: Solar plant to go up at Philadelphia Navy Yard

Philadelphia’s home-price drop less than elsewhere

April 30, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “The Philadelphia region’s home prices continue to decline at a slower rate than the 20 metropolitan areas tracked by the Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller Index, economists said yesterday.”

Source: Philadelphia’s home-price drop less than elsewhere

Pitching a super-skyscraper to PCPC

April 30, 2008

PlanPhilly.com reports, “Asking for a re-zoning ordinance to erect the tallest building in Philadelphia and the fourth highest in the nation requires a certain fortitude from a developer. Calling the $1 billion project a template and guidepost for smart modern zoning, a natural border for Center City’s office district and a bellwether for future enterprise is a little beyond most presentations, in terms of cost, scale and ambition.”

Source: Pitching a super-skyscraper to PCPC

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