July 8: Major Obama desegregation order | Camping out for the Pope | Denser development near Rail Park

Under a new Obama initiative, HUD will require cities and towns across the country to review their housing policies and document their progress on desegregation.

The owners of the lot at 9th and Spring Garden are seeking a higher density plan with more retail across from the Rail Park as the park gets closer to becoming a reality.

Should we let people camp in city parks during the Pope’s visit?

The Streets Department weighs in on the Williams Street Common sidewalk fence controversy.

Updates to Pennsylania’s building codes have slowed since Tom Corbett signed Act 1 in 2011, requiring a two-thirds majority vote of the Review and Advisory Council to update the code. 

Vox looks at the growing number of microtransit start-ups trying to rebrand the jitney.

Pittsburgh expanded the area zoned for urban agriculture where people are allowed to keep “bees, chickens, ducks and even goats” by-right.

A draft version of Seattle’s housing task force report recommends doing away with single-family zoning citywide.

PA Turnpike tolls are increasing 6% in January. 

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