Second casino license | PGW sale cost | School District’s opportunistic approach to crisis | gay-friendly Philly | development districts

 

Should Philadelphia’s second casino license go anywhere? Monica Yant Kinney wonders if the market is already sufficiently saturated, and if it will do more harm than good.

Who should pay for PGW’s sale? Should PGW pay for the professional services and consultants working on the sale, as Mayor Nutter suggests, or should it be the city? The Inquirer looks at the growing battle over the PGW sale and its unknown costs.

Is the school district using its financial crisis as an excuse to introduce wholesale academic reorganization? In the Inquirer, Patrick Kerkstra explains that the district’s proposed academic realignment isn’t really tied to resolving the immediate financial crisis. Mayor Nutter’s education adviser Lori Shorr said, “The academic reorganization is completely cost-neutral.”

Philadelphia could be the gay-friendliest city in America. NewsWorks points to an op-ed by Philadelphia Gay News’ editor Mark Segal in FrontiersLA for the reasons why, from government representation and spending to community institutions.

Council President Darrell Clarke is pushing to create “development districts,” in qualifying census tracts where city-owned vacant property could be sold at a discount. Clarke outlines his plan in a Daily News opinion piece today.

 

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