Monthly Archives: December 2013

Bill Peduto – The Blueprint (feat. Jay-Z)

This type of radical solicitation of public input on issues facing a city is not something I’ve seen a PA Mayor (or any Mayor?) do, and it’s awesome. When lots of people participate, that dilutes the power of special interests. … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany

More Market-Rate Construction Lowers Rents

I know some housing activists believe that rents never go down, and are convinced more new market-rate construction raises rents, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Don’t believe me? Listen to what the landlords themselves have to say … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Land Use, Miscellany

Good Riddance to Lottery Privatization

I’m an advocate for privatization of the state liquor stores for a wide variety of reasons, most importantly because I actually take alcohol regulation seriously, and the evidence is clear that PA’s cartel system does a worse job at harm … More after the jump

Posted in Governor, Labor and Unions, Social Services

Bethlehem and Lancaster Win CRIZ Districts

It’s a Crizzmas miracle, y’all! (John Callahan’s joke, not mine.)┬áBethlehem and Lancaster have been selected to keep more of their own taxes to finance infill development. It’s a big win for Bethlehem in particular because they’re right next to Allentown, … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Land Use

Just Get EZ-Pass Already

I know some of you don’t like this kind of price differential strategy in tolling, where people who have EZ-Pass pay less than people in the cash lanes. But you really just need to get an EZ-Pass and get over … More after the jump

Posted in Transportation

How to Change Parking Politics

Planners have known for decades that minimum parking requirements and underpriced curb parking destroy the urban fabric and housing affordability, but they haven’t had a political program to change that. You have a powerful group of vocal, organized stakeholders demanding … More after the jump

Posted in Environment, Land Use, Transportation

Here Is Where You Need to Show Up to Trash CorbettCare

You have to pre-register now if you want to trash it in person. I’ll be at the Philadelphia hearing for sure, and can’t stress enough how it important it is for you all to pre-register here now, and then go … More after the jump

Posted in Governor, Health

Why Gender Diversity Matters in Politics

My buddy Rich Wilkins provides the brogressive response to my argument that it would be bad if we had an all-male US House delegation. Unfortunately, I think he has created a strawman version of my argument to make things easier … More after the jump

Posted in US House

PA Cannot Have an All-Male US House Delegation

PA ranks notably low relative to other states on female representation in state politics, and in federal politics Allyson Schwartz is the only woman representative in our state’s delegation from either party. Now that she’s vacating her seat to run … More after the jump

Posted in US House

The Pro-Market Plan for Zoned Trash Hauling in Bethlehem

A single trash hauler is the cheapest, greenest, and most efficient option for Bethlehem residents and city government without question, but Bob Donchez and Eric Evans think keeping a handful of redundant trash haulers in business is a more important … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany