February 16: Keith Harris eyes Mayoral run | Power Wards | Rust Belt conventions | Fed affordability report

The Reverend Keith Goodman may enter the race for Mayor, but there are questions about whether he’ll be eligible for the ballot. The city charter requires candidates to have been resident for three years (Goodman just moved back to Philly last month.) Goodman notes that the charter doesn’t stipulate three consecutive years.

The Next Mayor blog breaks down which wards have the most supervoters, and will have an outsized say in the election. Don’t miss the infographics.

Chris Satullo opines on what the parties’ convention choices of Philadelphia and Cleveland say about the nation’s renewed interest in urban places, and boils down what (he thinks) is the formula for reviving medium-sized post-industrial cities. “You invest in civic infrastructure. You welcome immigration. You market your cultural riches, eds-meds jobs, and affordable housing to Millennials and empty nesters who have been gravitating to urban living.”

The latest Philly Fed report shows there’s a slight surplus of affordable and available housing for moderately low income people in the third Federal Reserve district, which covers Philly.

There’s a public meeting on Tuesday about the Mt. Sinai site plans in Pennsport.

Nancy Scola, who did some excellent reporting on Uber and ride-hailing politics for Next City last year, has a long look at David Plouffe’s new life at Uber at Politico Magazine.

Last year we wrote about the relationship between ride-hailing services and declines in drunk driving, linking to a blog post by Nate Good on the topic. Uber recently released a study with MADD based on Good’s work that also found a correlation, but they’re definitely overselling the causal relationship, and people should be wary of drawing the strongest possible conclusions.

Federal transit spending looks to be a bit imperiled in this year’s budget negotiations.

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