December 6: Taller Toll on Jewelers’ Row | Newkirk Viaduct Monument moved | Small business booster

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Toll Brothers plans to nearly double the size of its proposed Jewelers’ Row tower, from 16 to 29 stories tall, according to reports in the Business Journal and Inquirer.

Brad Maule tells the story of how Thomas U. Walter’s Newkirk Viaduct Monument came to be moved from rail-side curiosity to focal point at Bartram’s Mile.

The city is funding $800,000 in small business workshops and classes at the Community College of Philadelphia in hopes of stimulating growth along the city’s 265 commercial corridors, Claudia Vargas reports.

Dave Davies explains Jill Stein moved her PA election recount effort from state to federal court, calling Pennsylvania’s mechanism for recounts “labyrinthine, incomprehensible, and impossibly burdensome.” Davies writes the complaint asserts that the state’s procedures violate due process, that its “voting machines are outdated and vulnerable to hacking, and that there’s demonstrated evidence of foreign interference in the presidential election in the form of hacking of two state voter databases and the emails of the Democratic National Committee.”

Temple University Hospital doctors can prescribe fresh food to combat food insecurity and help alleviate the health consequences of malnutrition and hunger, reports Sandy Bauers. The program offers households the opportunity to sign up for a small (12 pounds for $10) or large (18 pounds for $14) box of produce from Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative on a weekly basis.

According to a new Urban Land Institute study, suburbs are far from dead, reports Keystone Crossroads’ Eleanor Klibanoff. ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing Executive Director Stockton Williams hopes the narrative becomes less one of competition and more one of collaboration to strengthen metro regions.

Why do planners bother with civic engagement? Building a defensible case for change, in part. 

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