April 28: Philly ranked #1 city for millennials | Fresh food and real estate | Squilla undercuts green agenda

Trulia has ranked Philadelphia the number one city for millennials based on homeownership, income, and employment, Curbed Philly reports. The study, which examined the 100 largest U.S. metros, compared the success rate of millennials aged 28 to 32 to their older peers aged 33 to 55.

Does access to fresh produce and nutrient-rich foods increase nearby property values? To study the impact over time, Econsult quantified the overall effects of four corner stores across Philadelphia that participated in the Food Trust’s Healthy Corner Store Initiative from 2008 to 2014. The study’s findings revealed that after investments were completed to the four stores in 2013, “with all else equal, homes sales made near a corner store after August 2013 sold at a price that was 19.5 percent higher than homes sold near a corner store prior to August 2013.” A previous report in 2006 found that general-market supermarkets have a similar positive influence on neighborhood real estate.

State police in Philadelphia arrested and charged with disorderly conduct the teen who organized the group bicycle ride of at least 100 people on the Vine Street Expressway on Sunday, the Inquirer’s Michaelle Bond reports. Corey Murray, 16-year-old social media famed bicyclist and part of One Way, a group of young riders in Philadelphia, identified himself as the organizer on Fox29.

Amtrak accelerates the timetable to repair tracks that lead to New York’s Penn Station, but New Jersey officials are concerned that “disruptions from the track work are a big inconvenience for thousands of New Jersey commuters,” NewsWorks’ Phil Gregory reports. Amtrak’s plan would focus on a series of projects through June of 2018 instead of replacing the aging infrastructure over several years.

Inga Saffron criticizes Councilman Mark Squilla’s recent legislative choices, calling the First District Councilman’s actions ‘regressive.’ Inga focuses on the measure that “exempts Society Hill from having to comply with a zoning incentive designed to encourage the construction of rain-absorbing green roofs” and references an earlier bill that suspends a program allowing electric vehicle (EV) owners to create EV-only parking spots in front of the curbside electrical outlets.

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