August 14: Respect | Public-private paratransit | Housing right-to-counsel

Business owners and longtime residents in Brewerytown agree that respect is a key factor for the rapidly changing neighborhood, Keystone Crossroads’ Annette John-Hall writes. John-Hall discusses how Girard Avenue, an unspoken dividing line between white and black residents, has the opportunity to connect the neighborhood through retail that fits the needs of the new and existing community.

New York City has committed $155 million over five years to guarantee legal representation to any low-income resident facing eviction, CityLab reports. The act, passed in city council in July and now signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio, is the first of its kind in the nation. CityLab looks at other cities’ moves to ensure the right-to-counsel; Philadelphia set aside $500,000 for anti-eviction measures to the city budget in June.

Idea to steal: public-private paratransit? Jason Laughlin weighs the pros and cons of a pilot program in Boston where the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) subsidizes ride-hailing as an option for disabled riders. In Philly, SEPTA officials have concerns about turning to ride-hailing companies. TNCs met the city’s threshold this year to provide 70 wheelchair accessible vehicles by June 30th.

The design community’s abuzz over the new Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture exhibit in town at the Fabric Workshop:

Inga Saffron highlights the work and legacy of Henry Wilcots, the overlooked African-American architect who worked quietly for decades to complete Louis Kahn’s biggest and most prestigious project after the famous architect died from a heart attack.

Hidden City Philadelphia’s Nathaniel Popkin examines how Kahn is a “modernist who complicates our understanding of mid-century architecture” and whose work has confused generations of Philadelphians.

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