October 10: Regional crime mapping | Baum’s moves | Elections chair doesn’t vote | DiCicco’s hole | Ride share in slow lane

Happy Friday: It’s Philly Photo Day. Snap a picture somewhere in Philly today, send it to the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and you’ve helped create a collective portrait of the city. Go forth!

The City of Philadelphia built a new crime-mapping tool that integrates information from and for partners in the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center, centralizing and sharing crime information across law enforcement agencies in the region. Technically Philly reports on the new tool, paid for by an $800,000 from the Delaware River Port Authority.

Baum’s a fourth-generation family run dancewear business is leaving its building on South 11th Street for East Passyunk Avenue after Thanksgiving. As the Inquirer explains, “The land rush that has taken over central Philadelphia east of Broad Street arrived earlier this year at Baum’s. Cohen accepted an unsolicited offer to sell the amalgam of adjoining buildings from which his family has peddled feathers to Mummers and leotards to professional dancers. The sale was done in June.” The buyer? Brickstone, which is scooping up and rebuilding whole sections of nearby parts of Chestnut and 11th streets.

City elections chair Anthony Clark hasn’t voted since 2011. City Paper reports Clark has missed the last five elections, including the 2012 presidential election. He’s up for re-election next year, and the Committee of Seventy says not voting should disqualify him for running again.

How come former Councilman Frank DiCicco owns a hole in the ground on Federal Street? Passyunk Post explains the family is engaged in a legal tangle over the property, which has left its redevelopment in limbo.

Don’t expect the state to loosen its restrictions on ride-sharing companies this year, the Inquirer reports. Politicians want to take their sweet time on this one. And whatever the case it seems Philly will be exempted from new state regulations at the request of the Philadelphia Parking Authority. 

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