May 6: Philly retaining Millennials | Fixing PA’s e-waste law | Beer pipeline

Philadelphia is doing a better job of retaining young adults than our peer cities, reports Mark Dent, looking at new data from Trulia. “Trulia’s report suggests young people are having a tough time staying in cities like New York and San Francisco because of the sky-high real estate prices. Philly’s comparatively low rents and home prices might be allowing young people to stick around for longer.”

Despite the enormous popularity of Jane Jacobs as an urban thinker, “[i]t’s almost impossible to point to specific examples of Jacobs’s influence,” writes Jacob Stephens, in a piece on Jacobs’s lasting, even growing, relevance. “If anything, Jacobs signifies negation: the absence of a superblock, the highway that was never built. Or she embodies the ephemeral: the evening stroll, the chance encounter, the purchase of a bagel and coffee.” PlanPhilly has a full line-up of free Jane’s Walk walking conversations from this Friday afternoon through Sunday.

Rep. Chris Ross introduced a bill of fixes to Pennsylvania’s electronic waste recycling law, the recent changes to which have been blamed for a big spike in illegal dumping of electronic devices.

WHYY’s Elana Gordon recorded a podcast for 99% Invisible about the discovery of Legionnaire’s disease after a terrifying outbreak at the Bellevue-Stratford hotel in 1976. 

And NPR’s Hidden Brain podcast takes on the thrilling topic of ‘induced demand’ for traffic, explaining the counterintuitive finding that building new road capacity, or even new public transit, doesn’t reduce congestion.

In an important advance for beer infrastructure, a brewery in Bruges, Belgium is nearing completion of a 2-mile beer pipeline from their brewery in the city center in Bruges to an industrial bottling plant, saving hundreds of truck trips between their brewery and the bottling facility. The pipeline will be able to carry 1,500 gallons of beer an hour at 12 mph. 

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