“Fishtown” vs Fishtown, no new taxes, Platt Bridge narrows, $13 million to schools from PPA, Church of the Assumption hearing

Happy Leap Day, folks. Today let’s get aligned with the astronomical year, and remember our umbrellas.

In a column in yesterday’s Inquirer Patrick Kerkstra argues that Charles Murray’s use of “Fishtown” as shorthand for godless poor white trash in his new book Coming Apart misses the mark. Murray fails to recognize the origin of Fishtown’s troubles  – the neighborhood’s (and city’s) massive industrial collapse – as well as how Fishtowners themselves can be credited with the neighborhood’s upswing.

Mayor Nutter promises no new taxes in his budget address March 8, reports the Inquirer. A recent Pew poll found that about 70% of Philadelphians think their tax burden is a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” problem, and yet 49% also say they would be willing to pay more in taxes for better services. 

Starting today, the Platt Bridge is now one lane each way, and will stay that way for two years to accommodate necessary repairs, the Inquirer reports. The project will cost $43 million – 80% from the federal government and 20% from the state.

The Parking Authority is sending $13 million the school district’s way, reports CBS3. Higher meter rates that went into effect last year, which PPA says should bring in $4 million more than the previous year. The city itself will get $37 million from PPA.

Oral arguments in the Church of the Assumption court hearing are scheduled for Thursday. PlanPhilly will be on hand, so check back for coverage.


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