January 30: City Council wants ride-hailing in Philly | City Hall SEPTA upgrades | Schuylkill River beer

City Council passed a resolution urging state lawmakers to include Philadelphia in any bill to regulate ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. Currently the Philadelphia Parking Authority is the relevant regulator, and they’re lobbying to retain that authority. Lyft launches in Philly today, and the PPA is threatening to impound Lyft drivers’ cars.

State Treasurer Rob McCord, who resigned yesterday, is under federal investigation.

Paul Nussbaum has the details on the big renovation plans for the dilapidated 15th St and City Hall SEPTA stations. The projects will cost $150 million and are both expected to be completed by 2020.

On Facebook, Ryan Briggs unearthed a great forgotten app called Analyze the Vote created by Tim Wisniewski that lets you see, among other things, how different political candidates performed in different wards and divisions.

As one of his first official acts, Governor Tom Wolf signed an order halting new gas drilling leases for state parks and forests.

Up in the Lehigh Valley, Lower Macungie Township commissioner and smart growth blogger Ron Beitler looks at the property tax haul from a strip mall development vs. a traditional development and the traditional development yields more property tax per acre. I did a similar exercise for a Bella Vista intersection.

And the Schuylkill River Trail got its own Sly Fox beer.

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