November 26: Happy Thanksgiving | Taxi medallion values drop | Open data legacy endangered

A Happy Thanksgiving and safe holiday travels to all the PlanPhilly readers! We’ll be back in action on Monday.

Since Uber X entered the local ride-for-hire market, taxi medallions (the rationed legal permission to operate a taxi in the city) have seen their value tumble. After no one bid on new medallions PPA offered at $475,000, PPA is dropping the price to $350,000. For context, medallions cost about $60,000 in 2005 when the system was created.

Geoff Thompson talked to some business owners near the Gray’s Ferry Triangle at 23rd and South, and they all say business is up. Igloo reported a 10% increase in sales since last year.

After making it generally harder to open home daycare businesses, City Council now wants to look into removing some small fees for daycare start-ups.

Will Michael Nutter’s open data legacy survive? 

The Federal Housing Administration still has a thumb on the scale in favor of sprawl development, even as population growth has been shifting toward central cities.

Joey Sweeney flags a new small music venue that he thinks will help fill in a missing link in the cultural economic pipeline. There is a lot of excitement over all the new co-working spaces and their value to small companies, but what about spaces to grow bands – an underrated cultural export for Philly.

Still mum on his 2015 Mayoral plans, Darrell Clarke has been entertaining New York Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf, who has worked previously with Marty Weinberg, Tina Tartaglione, and Jonathan Saidel. Dave Davies says he’s never seen a field this muddled this late in the game.

Andrew Collins takes a peek inside the Richmond Generating Station.

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