January 6: 2015 campaign begins | East Market grocery store | Temple football stadium

Terry Gillen’s exit from the Mayoral race was a reminder that there’s nobody’s really emerged as the obvious favorite for Center City progressives yet. Patrick Kerkstra thinks Ken Trujillo and Lynne Abraham benefit the most from Gillen’s exit.

Ex-Nutter press secretary and current PGW executive Doug Oliver, now officially a candidate, appears to be eyeing that political space too, and is calibrating his pitch to this group. Milton Street is also in.

Which Philadelphians are most likely to work in Center City? It’s not who you think. Four times as many Center City jobs (42%) are held by Philadelphia residents from non-Center City neighborhoods than are held by [Center City] residents (10%)” according to Paul Levy. (h/t Kerkstra)

East Market is getting a grocery store. The first ground-floor tenant for the large mixed-use development at at 34 S. 11th Street, part of the 1100 East Market mixed-use project, will be MOM’s Organic Market – a chain of 12 family-owned and operated grocery stores popular in the Baltimore/Washington DC area.

Frank Fitzpatrick looks at a stadium boondoggle in Akron and warns Temple about the $100M football stadium they’re exploring.

Flying Kite has an introduction to Gearing Up – an excellent local non-profit that empowers formerly incarcerated women through bike rides.

Via James Jennings, short term lease rates are spiking in advance of the Pope’s visit. Renting your place out on AirBnB is still illegal for most Philadelphia apartments. 

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