November 12: The Rail Park and private development | Post Brothers’ West Philly play | Eat Chipotle for the Bicycle Coalition

Jacob Adelman surveys the evidence that the Rail Park is already attracting private investment to the surrounding neighborhoods, despite the fact that it’s not even fully funded yet.

Kevin McCorry tries his best to suss out some details about the detail-free PA budget framework Governor Tom Wolf and legislative Republicans came up with. 

PennFuture is calling foul on the missing severance tax on natural gas production in the budget framework–a revenue source that enjoys substantial bipartisan support among southeastern Republicans as well as Democrats, but can’t quite seem to win a majority of lawmakers. 

Tune in to WITF-TV tonight at 8 to watch the Keystone Crossroads: Changing Spaces TV special, highlighting Pennsylvania “communities reinventing themselves, using historic legacies or tapping new resources to stay relevant in the 21st century.”

Matt Pestronk of Post Brothers came out to a Spruce Hill Residents Association meeting to present his company’s development plans for several properties in the neighborhood, including Garden Court Plaza. Mike Lyons reports their immediate priority is shoring up ground-level retail in the neighborhood, and Curbed has the goods on the other six West Philly properties they bought. 

West Philly print shop and ‘zine library, The Soapbox, is moving into “a new, 4,500-square-foot space in the newly renovated Frank Furness-designed church at 4700 Kingsessing,” West Philly Local reports. The church was saved from demolition last year. 

In case you needed a good excuse to eat Chipotle, this Monday 11/16 the Walnut Street West location is donating half their evening proceeds to the Bicycle Coalition. 

The future of parking is coming to Washington, DC, says Angie Schmitt, with curb meter prices adjusting to parking demand to maintain parking availability. Last year we wrote about how Pittsburgh is mimicking the effects of this policy on the cheap

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