August 15: Median matters | ‘Camingerly’ | Rail Park drone footage

The battle over median parking on South Broad rages on: the Philadelphia Citizen’s Roxanne Patel Shepelavy sheds light on some of the perspectives at play, including the percentage of Philadelphians who commute, immigrant and low-income bike riders and the right to parking in the city charter. For context, Jake Blumgart covers the lawsuit that ignighted this median parking war.

Eyes in the sky: drone footage shows the first phase of construction on the Rail Park ahead of schedule, Curbed Philly reports. Check out the full video here.

‘Camingerly,’ the Philadelphia neighborhood that lives in African-American urban folklore: the PhillyHistory Blog explores the life-long work of academic and ‘Camingerly’ resident Roger Abrahams, the late folklorist who captured the “vibrant verbal…exuberant, profane and endlessly inventive” world that once mashed “Camac, Iseminger, and Waverly between Twelfth and Thirteenth, Pine and Lombard” in the 1950s.

How risky is it to open a brewery or brewpub in Philadelphia? While the city may be experiencing a boom in the industry, owners caution aspiring brewers to consider the challenges of developing a business—and considerations for manufacturing and distribution versus operating a restaurant or bar.

CityLab has mapped out the most populous 15 major metro regions by their share of low-income renters with “worst case housing needs.” The map, based on data from a recent HUD report, shows the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington region with 42 percent of its low-income renters in most in dire need of affordable housing support.

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