Sealing vacants | Sink City revisited | Nutter signs open data order | 48 SEPTA workers win Powerball | Hidden City festival

Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez has introduced a bill that would require owners or large-scale vacant properties to seal entries with steel panels or doors, and put up a bond to pay for securing these buildings, the Inquirer reports. City Council’s Committee on Licenses and Inspections will consider the bill at a hearing today.

Parts of Philadelphia, from Logan and Feltonville to Eastwick and Nicetown, are still sinking and residents want the city do something about the homes built on marshy land that the city had filled decades ago. City Paper revisits this old problem in a cover story this week and finds it’s not going away and the Actual Value Initiative has given new fire to an old fight. The city for its part doesn’t feel it’s entirely responsible for the problems at hand.

Mayor Nutter signed an Open Data Executive Order on Thursday, making public data access and transparency a clear public priority. Technically Philly offers 10 takeaways about the order. Here’s the full text.

SEPTA workers hit $172.7 million Powerball jackpot, and split the winnings among 48 employees from management to custodial staff from SEPTA’s office at 1234 Market, the Inquirer reports. Cheers to those guys! Now if only SEPTA itself could come into spare change like that.

Hidden City has put out its call for proposals for its 2013 festival. Knight Arts explains.


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