January 7: 2nd District donation limits bumped | Slots revenue down | Decorate the Convention Center

Lots of #PHL2015 action yesterday: Ken Trujillo’s campaign seized on some skeptical comments about ending the School Reform Commission from former D.A. Lynne Abraham in her interview with Citified, comparing her to Republicans Tom Corbett and John Boehner. Ori Feibush’s donation of over $250,000 to his campaign triggered a doubling of campaign donation limits for individual, business, and PAC contributions in the 2nd District contest. Jim Kenney doesn’t like that PGW put Doug Oliver in one of their ads after he mentionied he was exploring a run for Mayor. 

Angelly Carrion points us to Archetizer for an interesting spot on Snøhetta, the architect of Temple’s new library. 

Newsworks looks at the EB-5 visa program that allows foreign investors to get a US green card if they invest $500,000 in a US project that creates at least 10 jobs. Philadelphia has historically made much greater use of EB-5 than other big cities.

Pennsylvania slot machine revenue has fallen for the second straight year, and the state gaming board is chalking it up to the increase in the number of competitors in the region.

A new Rudin Center report looks at how New York’s transit system is failing people who live just outside the reach of convenient transit options, but are too poor to own a private car. DVRPC has pointed out a similar problem in Philly, related to the mismatch between jobs, housing, and transit.

The Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority wants you to help them decorate the Convention Center.

If we exhaust the demand for luxury housing with taller buildings, will developers turn to more affordable projects?

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