January 22: Katz for Mayor? | Uber data | Spoke Mag release | Lit Bros billboard

Patrick Kerkstra thinks Ken Trujillo’s exit from the 2015 campaign has made a Sam Katz run more likely.

The Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority’s new report says Philadelphia has only 47 percent of the money it needs to meet its pension obligations, and the need to step up payments in the future is going to create budget headaches for years to come.

An analysis of Uber’s internal data by Princeton economist Alan Krueger found Uber drivers make somewhat more money on average than their counterparts in the traditional taxi industry, and that most Uber X drivers (who use their personal cars) are driving to supplement their income from a full-time job, rather than working full time as cabbies.

Larry Platt talks to Council At-Large candidate George Matysik, who really really wants the Parking Authority back from the state. More on that proposal here.

Philly’s new urbanist 5th Square PAC gets some national coverage from Streetsblog. 

The first Spoke Magazine issues are making their way around town, and I’ve got a thrilling article about bike and pedestrian infrastructure funding in there.

Penn is moving forward with a new $77.8 million building for the Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, at 36th and Sansom.

And Brad Maule reviews the new digital signage on top of the Lit Brothers building.


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