Happy Friday. Here’s what we’re reading this morning:
How come three Democratic ward leaders don’t live in the wards they’re elected to represent? City Paper notes that City Controller (and likely mayoral hopeful) Alan Butkovitz, the non-voting City Commissioner Anthony Clark, and longtime North Philly ward leader Gary Williams are the three in question. (Former Council President Anna Verna would also be included in that list but she just resigned her ward leader position.) This matters because the Board of Elections rules say ward leaders must reside in the area they’re elected to represent and, in our feudal machine town, ward leaders wield a lot of power.
Who benefits more from inclusionary housing bonuses: Developers getting bonuses for adding less expensive units in luxury buildings or the many people who need quality affordable housing choices? Inga Saffron argues, at least in the case of two old city projects, developers seem to be coming out on top.
Is student-oriented housing development around Temple killing off Cecil B. Moore Avenue as a commercial corridor? The Daily News writes about a “tug-of-war for the soul and future of the avenue,” the tension between Temple’s influence and neighbors, and the need for a robust commercial strip serving neighborhood needs.
Another day, another former Northern Liberties industrial space on the outs. PhillyDeals reports two-story ex-wireworks on Green Street will be razed to make way for 12 contemporary rowhomes.
Say goodbye to the Inquirer and Daily News websites. It’ll be all Philly.com come December. Philly Mag has the details.