Monthly Archives: May 2013

Light Blogging This Week

I’m flying out to Salt Lake City tonight for this year’s Congress for New Urbanism conference, so it’ll be a light blogging week. I may put a few posts up, but otherwise I’ll be back next Monday.

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Hail Mike Stack!

Samantha Melamed says Sen. Mike Stack is pushing new tools to fight tax delinquency, geared toward going after out-of-town “investors”: As Philly battles with its 100,000-property tax delinquency problem and its $300 million school funding problem, maybe the real issue is that it needs … More after the jump

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Facts About State Legislators

04. State legislators who are ideologically extreme tend to suffer at the polls for it, even though voters have almost no idea who their state legislators are or what they stand for. Steve Rogers has some research suggesting otherwise. (Nate Birkhead) Seth Masket … More after the jump

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Simple Answers to Stupid Questions

No. Better luck next time!

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Good and Bad Arguments Against Michael Nutter’s School Funding Ideas

The Good Arguments: – Alcohol and cigarette taxes might not be a stable enough source of revenue. If you think the demand for alcohol is pretty elastic, then your school revenues will shrink over time as people respond to higher … More after the jump

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Allentown CBA Projects Need to Lower the Cost of Living

I appreciate that independent Allentown Mayoral candidate Michael Donovan wants to see a Community Benefit Agreement in the Allentown NIZ, and hopefully his campaign for Mayor will open up a wider dialogue about the merits of this idea, and the specific proposals … More after the jump

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Ori Feibush is a Hero

When many liberals look at a rag-tag group of neighborhood activists fighting against a corporation, their tribal instinct is to back the neighborhood activists. But when it comes to the issue of infill housing development, this gets the politics exactly … More after the jump

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Which PA House Members Will Join the New Public Transit Caucus?

Keith Laing: A bipartisan pair of lawmakers in the House announced on Thursday that they were  forming a caucus for public transportation supporters. The lawmakers,  Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) and Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), said the caucus would  “provide a forum … More after the jump

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How to Do Streetcars Right: Upzoning and Value Capture

When the public invests in a nice streetcar line in a city, they create some wealth. Who gets that? Riders? Taxpayers? Nearby landowners? Existing tenants or future tenants of nearby buildings? I think the worst possible thing you could do … More after the jump

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Touché, Democratic Party

  Couldn’t help myself: The new season of Arrested Development finally arrives this Sunday, May 26th. Thanks, Obama.

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