November 3: Soda Tax lawsuit | Chinatown North and Callowhill | Palazzos of Power

It’s SEPTA Strike, Day 3: How are you hanging in there?

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has turned down a request to immediately hear a lawsuit over the city’s new soda tax, reports Claudia Vargas. The case will first need to be heard in the Court of Common Pleas. The tax goes into effect January 1.

Jared Brey explores the murky turf of Chinatown North and Callowhill, through the lens of two big state grants to fund very different projects – the Eastern Tower and Rail Park. Chinatown isn’t going to shrink softly from its northerly reaches, but can it stay Chinatown?

The theft of the Union League’s metal railing is nothing new for Philly’s historic buildings that commonly have high-value materials. Philadelphia Police Lt. Patrick Doherty told philly.com there are two types of metal thieves: One group is professional, while others are either homeless, addicted, or mentally ill.

Michael Bixler walks into the awesome world of historic Philadelphia Electric Company generating stations – or the Palazzos of Power – with architectural historian Aaron Wunsch and photographer Joseph E.B. Elliott.

Passyunk Post shares photos of the renovated Palumbo Park in Bella Vista.

Bjarke Ingels Group’s 1200 Intrepid office building at the Navy Yard earned LEED Gold certification, reports Curbed.

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