Here’s a list of recommended reading for your weekend:
Living in cities
New high-rent housing is sprouting up… in Allentown.
Can immigrants save the housing market? For many, the American Dream of homeownership is alive and well. (City Lab)
Next City asks, “How much public space does a city need?” And should streets count as public space?
Food deserts: it’s not as clear cut as we may have thought.
City Lab lists the best performing metro cities in 2014. Spoiler alert: it’s good news for Texas, bad news for Pennsylvania.
What exactly is the deal with the widening education equity gap in Pa.? Whose fault is it? It depends on who you talk to, of course.
Money, money, money
44 percent of companies receiving money under corporate tax incentive programs didn’t meet the job creation requirements of their contracts.
Is it un-American to “sell” a green card? What if it means more jobs and more investments?
Holy tax credit, Batman! Pittsburgh’s film industry is suffering from growing pains. (And, just for fun, here’s a list of films shot in Pittsburgh.)
A Pittsburgh councilwoman wants to offer paid maternity and paternity leave for city employees. (Trib Live)
Good news for Pennsylvanians
It’s a good time to be a bicyclist in Pittsburgh. This year, the city is putting more money into expanding biking infrastructure that it has in the past five years combined.
Pennsylvania is becoming a nationwide leader in the clean energy industry. (WESA)
The City of Brotherly Love
Philadelphians: what do you want to see in your mayor? (Newsworks)
The second installation of the Philly Index series, which looks at politics through data, is about Philly’s jail population. And, if you missed it, here’s the first in the series, which looked at what block party permits can tell us about neighborhood health.
Relatives in town? Move over, Liberty Bell. Take them to a cemetery instead.
The Pa. politics story that’s dominating headlines: grand jury recommends criminal charges against AG Kathleen Kane.
Just for fun
Top Philly chefs predict the biggest food trends for 2015. (I predict brussel sprouts are going to be the new kale.) (Philly Metro)
We need your help!
We’re looking for feedback for an upcoming series on pension.
(If you’re a municipal worker or retiree, here is a set of questions just for you.)