Happy Tuesday, Streeters. Today is the August Civic Design Review meeting, which will review three projects: Brandywine’s proposal for 1919 Market, the redevelopment of the Best Western site at 22nd and Hamilton, and a Project H.O.M.E. development planned for North Broad just above York. If you want to go, the meeting will be at 1515 Arch Street, Room 18-029 at 1pm.
The countdown to the first day of school is on but the district’s budget crisis remains unresolved. City officials say its unlikely the school district will get more out of the city, the Inquirer reports. Finance Director Rob Dubow said there’s one thing that City Council can and should do: Back the state’s plan to use a portion of the city’s sales tax revenue to fund schools by making the “temporary” increase from 7% to 8% permanent. “If we moved on the sales tax, that would give the School District enough assurance to book that money and move ahead,” Dubow said. “That is something we can do that is in our local control.” Some city leaders like Council President Darrell Clarke wanted to use the increased sales tax revenue to pay down mounting pension obligations, but it could be allocated to both.
US Rep. Bob Brady wants Philly to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Will it happen? The Daily News reports that Mayor Nutter’s interest in hosting is tepid, citing security costs. The last time Philly hosted the DNC was in 1948.
The city’s 311 system is getting a $120 million technical overhaul by Salesforce, Technically Philly reports. “Launched in 2008, the city’s 311 system was not built to handle the volume of data that it handles now, Alter said at Friday’s Open Access Philly meeting at Drexel University’s ExCITe Center, adding that it also wasn’t built with archiving in mind.” The project should take one year to complete.
Cedar Park Neighbors got about 500 responses to its neighborhood survey exploring how the community wants to manage change. Naked Philly reports that in addition to wanting a cleaner, safer, greener neighborhood, neighbors supported a stronger commercial environment on Baltimore Avenue driven by sensitive development as well as the addition of more rentals.
We are a town of many eagles. Too many? PhillyHistory blog wonders if the eagle is tired as the go-to patriotic symbol.