Meet Mark Squilla, what the Winter Classic is worth, Philly 2012 trends, hope for Gretz Brewery, Philly as GIS leader

New First District councilman Mark Squilla talked priorities and plans with PlanPhilly’s Kellie Patrick Gates. High on Squilla’s list: transforming Market East and his support for the Master Plan for the Central Delaware.

Despite the Flyers loss to the Rangers in yesterday’s exciting Winter Classic, Philadelphia won. The Atlantic Cities looks at what the Winter Classic is worth to the host city, finding millions in revenue as well as bragging rights.

What trends will shape Philadelphia’s new year? Metropolis turns to the data, and sees a new year where our city will still be hit hard by growing unemployment, poverty and city spending, as crime decreases and education remains “Philadelphia’s Vietnam.”

Is there a future for Kensington’s Gretz Brewery? Naked City ponders the question, finding hope in new developments that continue to bubble up in the area, signaling transition.

Philly got on the Geospatial Information Systems bandwagon early, sharing maps of city data starting in the 1990s. The city’s GIS guru, Jim Querry, talked with Technically Philly about Philly’s data visualization and its role in the city’s open data future.


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