March 23: New Broad Street Wawa | Fiscal cost of sprawl | SEPTA’s extreme weather prep

An internal Convention Center analysis claims the cost of hosting the Auto Show was 20% cheaper this year after changes to union work rules.

Wawa is opening a store at Broad and Walnut in the storefront previously occupied by Robinson’s Luggage. There will be a seating area, which is interesting because that would be required if they wanted to obtain an R license to sell beer.

Controller Alan Butzkovitz is criticizing L&I for taking 9 uncertified inspectors-in-training to inspect 600 buildings last month.

Liz Spikol wonders whether Jim Kenney can keep the mutually-suspicious building trades unions and “Center City progressives” pulling in the same direction at least through primary election day.  

A new report from the Victoria Transport Policy Institute explains why sprawling suburban land use designs are a budget buster that (they say) costs the American economy $1 trillion a year.

When are traditional cabs cheaper than Uber?

How SEPTA is preparing for extreme weather events.

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