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Developers File Latest Salvo in Tax Abatement Data War

New report should lead to close reading as a dose of skepticism

(Photo Left) BIA report debunks some misconceived misconceptions. Photo courtesy of Building Industry Association of Philadelphia.

As we have seen in recent weeks, the debate over the success or failure of public policy in Philadelphia is not just rooted in empirical data, but in where this data is generated and who is interpreting it. This dance between data, its generators and its interpreters has become ever more evident in the war surrounding the sugary drink tax. But there is another important public policy initiative, rife with data generator and interpreter spin, that is playing out in city hall; the battle waged over the use of tax abatements as a tool to drive real estate development in...

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Claude Lewis [1934 – 2017]

Mourning the passing of a force in journalism

(Photo Left) Claude Lewis. Photo courtesy of National Association of Black Journalists

Loyal readers of the Point know that, from time to time, we use this column to recognize the passing of men and women of our community whose...

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Soda Tax By The Numbers

Winners and losers unclear in first month of roll out

(Photo Left) Tallying up the soda tax. Photo by Salvatore Patrone.

When Philadelphia became the first big city in America to pass a soda tax, we knew the city’s revenue department and beverage...

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Bike Race Demise Déjà Vu

Rep. Brady tries to save the day again

(Photo Left) Like the cyclists, the Manayunk race itself has faced a wall, yet again. Photo by justinknabb, licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Flickr.

Congressman Robert A. Brady is perhaps the most unlikely champion of competitive cycling...

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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

Council forcing employers to ignore wage history goes too far

(Photo Left) Philadelphia City Councilman Bill Greenlee. Photo courtesy of billgreenlee.com

You have to give Councilman Bill Greenlee his props. The guy is a tireless advocate for those struggling to climb the...

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Philly Crapping Out on Second Casino

PhillyLive! more like dead since casino award

If you build it, they will grow the tax base.

We never liked the idea of retrofitting a rundown hotel in the parking lot of The Linc as the ideal solution to our second casino vacancy. As revenue to the city...

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Decarcerate PHL

Recent grant and groundbreaking study point the way to ending mass incarceration in Philly

(Photo Left) Mayor Kenney working on a way out of over-sentencing for Philadelphia’s inmates.

In the race for mayor, the candidates filled out many candidate...

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Three-card Monte

Council uses sleight-of-hand in framing new contracting rules

(Photo Left) Best Value Contracting proponent, Councilman Bobby Henon. Photo by Tomholroyd12 via Wikimedia Commons.

In a flurry of end-of-year legislative activity, one piece of Philadelphia City Council...

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Butterfly Theory and the PFT

Teachers should take district deal before Trump takes office

(Photo Left) Betsy DeVos’ federal policies as education secretary may have a significant effect on city’s public schools. Butterfly photo by Darius Bauzys via Wikimedia Commons.

There is a...

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All He Is Saying Is Give Trump a Chance

Brady draws a line of support for president-to-be

(Photo Left) Congressman Robert Brady. Photo courtesy of brady.house.gov.

If anyone has a right to be angry and critical over a Trump presidency it would be Congressman Robert Brady, chairman of the city’s Democratic...

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Proceed With Weed

Mayor should take initiative when it comes to medical marijuana grow facilities

(Photo Left) Philadelphia should get its fair share of medical marijuana grow facilities like this one.

Beginning with California in 1996, 23 states, plus Washington, D.C., and Guam have passed laws...

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