September 15: Ride-sharing bill likely to pass | Queen Lane implosion video | Net Philly population growth | Blast zone

Philadelphia is still experiencing net population growth, according to moving industry data. “United Van Lines found that Philadelphia saw 26 percent more inbound moves than outbound moves during this peak moving season (May 1 and August 31.) That ranks the city 12th on the list of cities with the highest volume of inbound moves.”

The potentially transformative development of Ajax Metalworks, a key property on the Delware Waterfront in Fishtown, could be scotched if Commonwealth Court sides with Allen Street Neighbors, who want to enforce entertainment venue parking minimums for the redevelopment project.

State lawmakers are coming back to work, and the local cigarette tax for Philadelphia schools is at the top of the agenda. House Republican spokesman Steve Miskin appears confident the bill will pass.

Kim Lyons at the Post-Gazette reads the political tea leaves for ride-sharing services Uber X and Lyft this fall in Harrisburg, and says the outlook is favorable: “In fact, many lawmakers think a new rule for ride sharing may be the one thing all but guaranteed to get done in the upcoming session.”

Two environmental groups are suing US DOT to block the transfer of crude oil in old rail tank cars, which they say are prone to puncture. This map from ForestEthics says large swathes of Philadelphia are in the blast zone.

And watch the Queen Lane apartments go kablooey.

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