November 17: Papal excitement | Fed birthday | PNB letters removed | Allentown’s turnaround

How many DNCs-worth of tourism activity will this Pope Francis visit bring in next fall?

Area casinos are freaking out about the possibility of another casino entering what they believe is an oversaturated market. Recall that PA’s gaming board isn’t allowed to consider the current market turmoil in deciding whether to issue a second Philadelphia casino license. 

There’s still no sign of a Philly housing bubble.

The PNB letters were removed from 1 S. Broad over the weekend.

Following on Camden’s successful transition to a regional police force, New Jersey could regionalize Atlantic City’s public safety services at the county level, bringing the 23 other municipalities in Atlantic County into the tax base.

Happy 100th birthday, Philadelphia Federal Reserve! Here’s a great recent paper from the Philly Fed checking in on some of the smaller cities in the 3rd Federal Reserve District.

Speaking of smaller cities in our midst, the state’s 2009 Neighborhood Improvement Zone program appears to have significantly bolstered the fortunes of downtown Allentown. New mid-rise buildings are renting out apartments at a faster clip than expected, and the strong interest in new construction has turned the NIZ authority from beggars into choosers when it comes to prioritizing good planning and urbanism.

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