October 7: Foreclosure notices on autopilot | Unblocking bike lanes | Flipping Levittown | Hoverboards

All eyes on Harrisburg today as Tom Wolf’s revenue plan finally gets a full floor vote before the Republican-controlled legislature. David Hess has the full specs on the plan. 

Philly’s mortgage diversion program has received national attention for saving thousands of households from foreclosure, but Tom MacDonald says Community Legal Services is sounding the alarm in City Council about some problematic bank practices that are jamming up the process.

OCF Realty’s Naked Philly reports 32 apartments and a microbrewery are on deck for the 1800 block of Callowhill Street. 

The Atlantic has a short documentary on the people flipping houses in Levittown, PA–one of America’s first mass-produced suburbs in the post-World War II era. 

John Kopp at the Philly Voice talks to the cyclists asking for greater enforcement of vehicles illegally parked in bike lanes. 

Layla Jones explains the new “hoverboards” trend catching fire with the kids. Note: these are not actually hoverboards. 

The latest Strong Towns podcast asks some tough questions about how much liability engineers should have for injuries on unsafely designed roads.

How 1000 Friends of Wisconsin defeated a rural highway widening project by challenging the state DOT’s traffic projections in court. 

Rachel Quednau looks at how Cuba manages to achieve great walkability in spite of an extremely limited infrastructure budget. 

 

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