November 18: Butkovitz out | Blatstein’s Washington Ave superblock | New LOVE Park

Controller Alan Butkovitz says he won’t run for Mayor in 2015. Former Nutter spokesman Doug Oliver is forming an exploratory committee for a Mayoral run, possibly as a Republican.

We now have some details on Bart Blatstein’s proposal for the massive empty lot at Broad and Washington. Two ~30-story towers, each with 500-800 units, on a ground floor retail pad. At this stage, the plan is for a superblock with no through crossing for pedestrians.

PennPraxis is hosting a public meeting on plans for the new LOVE park on December 10th. RSVP here, and bring some good ideas!

Granted permanent status by the voters, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is looking at some future plans for resilience and greening initiatives.

Washington Avenue makerspace NextFab is opening a second outpost on the first floor of Impact Hub in Kensington.

How can cities meet all the new demand for urban housing while keeping neighborhoods and property taxes affordable for lower-income long-time residents? Next City looks at four policies cities are testing out, including Philadelphia’s LOOP program.

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