A mixed effect on giving

May 27, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “With a souring economy, soaring gas prices, mortgage woes and layoffs, you might expect charitable giving to take a nosedive.”

Source: A mixed effect on giving

Ways you can help City Harvest grow

May 27, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “Even if you aren’t a community gardener, you can help City Harvest, says Claire Baker of Philadelphia Green, which runs the prison-gardening program. It can always use gardening books and tools, fruit and vegetable seeds, mature perennials or trees and, of course, donations.”

Source: Ways you can help City Harvest grow

Housing complaints increase, but fewer charges are filed

May 27, 2008

USA Today reports, “The federal government is filing fewer housing discrimination charges even as consumer complaints against landlords, real estate agents and mortgage brokers have risen steadily.”

Source: Housing complaints increase, but fewer charges are filed

SEPTA quietly OKs budget with no fare hikes

May 23, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “With none of the fireworks that often accompany SEPTA’s financial dealings, the transit agency’s board yesterday approved a $1.095 billion operating budget for the year that begins July 1.”

Source: SEPTA quietly OKs budget with no fare hikes

Shelter From the Storm

May 22, 2008

Philadelphia Weekly reports, “The foreclosure crisis hits home for kids, says one Dobbins freshman who’s seen it close up.”

Source: Shelter From the Storm

Philly To Take Europe’s Lead With SmartBike

May 19, 2008

CBS 3 reports, “Three centuries after William Penn mapped out its streets for horses and carriages, Philadelphia will soon learn if it has enough brotherly love—and fear of rising gas prices—to fuel what could be the nation’s largest bicycle-sharing initiative.”

Source: Philly To Take Europe’s Lead With SmartBike

$15 Million Expansion of Philly Housing Trust Fund Gains Preliminary Approval

May 16, 2008

The Housing Alliance of Penn. reports, “According to an announcement this week by the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC), Philadelphia City Council’s Committee of the Whole has voted unanimously to expand the Philadelphia Housing Trust Fund by $3 million per year over the next five years.”

Source: $15 Million Expansion of Philly Housing Trust Fund Gains Preliminary Approval

Report says knowledge economy key to Phila.-area’s prosperity

May 16, 2008

The Phila. Business Journal reports, “The Philadelphia metropolitan area continues to grow its knowledge economy and the region’s educational level is increasing along with it, according to Select Greater Philadelphia’s State of the Region report.”

Source: Report says knowledge economy key to Phila.-area’s prosperity

Center City is walking tall

May 16, 2008

PlanPhilly.com reports, “Center City Philadelphia’s walkability is the key to the downtown’s success in any number of ways, according to Paul Levy, president and CEO of the Center City District, which today released its annual ‘State of Center City’ report.”

Source: Paul Levy: Center City is walking tall

United Way to Target Health, Education and Income

May 15, 2008

The Washington Post reports, “The United Way of America, alarmed at the nation’s fraying safety net, will announce today that it will direct its giving toward ambitious 10-year goals that would cut in half the high school dropout rate and the number of working families struggling financially.”

Source: United Way to Target Health, Education and Income

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