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This week, I wrote an op ed on the land disposition process in Philadelphia. It's available online now and tomorrow in print. The full text is below so everyone can read it: "Stories about development of City-owned property might give the impression that it’s only happening in the Second Council District, and that the system is broken beyond repair. But that impression is untrue and outdated. The fact is that City-owned property sales happen all over Philadelphia, not just the Second District. For a long time, there were problems with the process, but recent changes have led to significant improvements. In order to see clearly how far we’ve come, it’s helpful to understand where we started. When I was elected to City Council in 2011, the City had a convoluted land disposition process that had been around for years, the legacy of a long-shrinking city. It was a process I inherited, but I did my best to work within that process to fight for my vision for the Second District. Specifically, I have supported the development of vacant lots to reduce blight, generate economic activity, and grow the city tax base. At the same time, I have looked for opportunities to promote housing affordability as land values skyrocketed in neighborhoods like Graduate Hospital and Point Breeze. My concern then and now has been: How do we promote growth and opportunity in the Second District while protecting long-term residents from displacement? For that reason, my consistent, stated mission has always been to strike a balance between market-rate and affordable housing in our neighborhoods. If a reputable organization or individual approaches the City with a request to purchase City-owned land to develop affordable housing, I have been inclined to support it when asked. Unfortunately, under the system that I inherited, there were not enough safeguards in place to make sure that promises of affordable housing were delivered. A bad actor had too much opportunity to game the system in the interest of turning a profit. It was a citywide problem that went unresolved for too long. Fortunately, that old system is in the past. The reformed process for selling City-owned property goes through the Land Bank, an initiative I supported and voted for in Council. With the Land Bank, anyone can express interest in a City-owned lot online. Land Bank policy requires competitive bidding for most city-owned land. If there are no competing bids, the price is generally set by an independent appraisal. The Land Bank also vets potential recipients of City-owned land and their proposals. The Land Bank scores and selects bids to develop below-market-rate housing according to standardized, publicly available criteria. It requires a binding development agreement, a restrictive covenant on the deed, eligibility screening of potential buyers, and other safeguards that are stringent and clearly enforceable. I have invested deeply in the Land Bank’s success. I was the second councilmember to transfer the vast majority (75%) of my district’s vacant city-owned lots to the Land Bank. The Land Bank’s RFP process has already led to two workforce housing projects in Point Breeze. In September 2017, the Land Bank finally got its first permanent executive director and general counsel, and they are already working hard for the Second District with my support. Very soon, they will be issuing a new workforce housing RFP for Point Breeze and listing 33 city-owned lots for competitive bid. This is how land disposition works in the Second District. It’s the transparent, equitable, open land-use policy that Philadelphia deserves. And it has helped us strike the balance between market rate and affordable housing that I believe is critical to our growth. I believe my job is to serve all of my constituents, and that is what I’ll do as long as I have the privilege of representing the Second District in City Council."
9 hours ago
Perfect for big Championship game! This Saturday, either print out this coupon or save it to your phone, bring it to the market, and save $5 on purchases over $20 at the Doc Pickle stand. Gonna be a great market, and an epic weekend for Philadelphia!
12 hours ago
Love, literature, and libraries: is there anything more romantic? We're warming up to the theme with a month of affectionate offerings, from love letters to literary couples.
13 hours ago
BREAKING: Philadelphia advances to the top 20 list of Amazon HQ2 cities.
14 hours ago
Next week, celebrate the Bard of Ayrshire, Robert Burns, with an evening of raucous readings, plentiful tipples, traditional Scottish treats, and music. https://rosenbach.org/events/burns-night-at-the-rosenbach/
15 hours ago
Throwback Thursday video--don't forget that Kindergarten registration is now open!! Stop by the school to enroll your child.
15 hours ago
Don’t miss Greenfield's Third Graders on stage at BalletX’s annual Dance eXchange performances at Prince Theater February 21, with special appearance by BalletX dancers! Learn about Dance eXchange here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bYpbTXREs0&feature=youtu.be
16 hours ago
Uwishunu tops this week's to-do list with Restaurant Week and skating at Dilworth Park, and we couldn't agree more! #CCDRW
16 hours ago
William Kentridge, Plate from Receiver, 2006, Photogravure, etching, drypoint and letterpress on abacá paper, Courtesy of Sue Gosin On view, two exhibitions: Collaborative Histories: Dieu Donné and By the Book Vol. 2: New Photography Publications through April 21, 2018. Collaborative Histories: Dieu Donné was co-curated by John Caperton, Jensen Bryan Curator, The Print Center and Cynthia Nourse Thompson, Director of the MFA Book Arts and Studio Art MFA Programs, The University of The Arts. It brings together prints and artist books created collaboratively at Dieu Donné, known for its creation of contemporary art using the process of hand-papermaking. The exhibition features work by Polly Apfelbaum, Chuck Close, Lesley Dill, Ann Hamilton, Eliza Kentridge, William Kentridge, Abby Leigh, Michele Oka Doner, Arlene Shechet, Kate Shepherd, Do Ho Suh, Mark Strand and Ursula von Rydingsvard. By the Book Vol. 2: New Photography Publications is The Print Center's second exhibition dedicated to new photo publications and the artworks that inspired them. The exhibition includes books and artworks by Saleem Ahmed, Tim Carpenter, Julianna Foster, Nicholas Muellner and Public Collectors. http://printcenter.org/100/
17 hours ago
Edging Forward: New Prints 2018/Winter On view through March 28, 2018 International Print Center New York (IPCNY) is pleased to announce Edging Forward: New Prints 2018/Winter, selected by Miguel A. Aragón, Natasha Becker, Pepe Coronado, Bernard Lumpkin, Jennifer Melby, and Mark Waskow, from a record 1,313 applicants. Artists submitted work from all 50 states as well as Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. Congratulations to The Print Center's Gallery Store artists Marianne Dages and Qiaoyi Shi and former exhibiting artist Derrick Adams and to all the artists whose work is on exhibit! When you are in New York check out this exhibition! https://www.ipcny.org/edgingforward/
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29 hours ago
Jennifer Summerfield performing her one-woman show "Mary Shelley" at The Rosenbach.
32 hours ago
Job Alert: Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is looking for a Public Relations Associate. For full details and information, see below. http://www.phila.gov/ParksandRecreation/PDF/Jobs/PublicRelationsAssociate.pdf
32 hours ago
Brush up on your hair art knowledge with Atlas Obscura for the "Woven Strands: The Art of Human Hair Work" exhibition opening tomorrow night! Purchase tickets to the opening here: ow.ly/5H7L30hKh4K!
32 hours ago
Brush up on your hair art knowledge for the "Woven Strands: The Art of Human Hair Work" exhibition opening tomorrow night with Atlas Obscura! Purchase tickets to the opening here: ow.ly/5H7L30hKh4K!
34 hours ago
We can't wait for our one-night-only screening of NOSFERATU next Wednesday! Read more about the cinematic masterpiece and its collection to the Rosenbach collection: https://rosenbach.org/blog/the-destruction-of-nosferatu/
37 hours ago
The CultureWorks team is SO fortunate to have this rad woman serve as our fearless leader. Our Chief Commons Director, Liz Sytsma is off to give birth to a tiny human. Help us in sending her all the well wishes during maternity leave. #SheRocks #WeAlreadyMissHer
38 hours ago
What better way to get through winter than planning for summer fun? Nominate your favorite movies for the 2018 Schuylkill Banks outdoor movie series and you'll be entered to win a Schuylkill Banks t-shirt! Send your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15!
38 hours ago
It's a full market this Saturday, 10am-2pm, over 20 farmers and food artisans set up on Walnut Street with fresh, local food for this Championship weekend. Fired up for this market? We are too. Let's go, Birds, and shop for local food at Rittenhouse this Saturday.
40 hours ago
What happens when ideas presented as science lead us in the wrong direction? History is filled with brilliant ideas that gave rise to disaster, and this book explores the most fascinating—and significant—missteps: - from opium’s heyday as the pain reliever of choice to recognition of opioids as a major cause of death in the U.S.; - from the rise of trans fats as the golden ingredient for tastier, cheaper food to the heart disease epidemic that followed; and - from the cries to ban DDT for the sake of the environment to an epidemic-level rise in world malaria. These are today’s sins of science—as deplorable as mistaken ideas from the past such as advocating racial purity or using lobotomies as a cure for mental illness. These unwitting errors add up to seven lessons both cautionary and profound, narrated by renowned author and speaker Paul A. Offit. Offit uses these lessons to investigate how we can separate good science from bad, using some of today’s most controversial creations—e-cigarettes, GMOs, drug treatments for ADHD—as case studies.
41 hours ago
CALL FOR ENTRY | Aperture Foundation annual Portfolio Prize | Jury is comprised of Aperture’s experienced editors and curatorial staff| Deadline: January 31, 2018| #CallForEntry http://bit.ly/2FxVenw
41 hours ago
IN THE GALLERY STORE: JANUARY SALE 10% OFF ALL FRAMED WORK (IN-STORE ONLY) This month take 10% off an incredible selection of framed prints and photographs ready to hang! From pacific intaglio works by Young-Sook Jang to eye-popping Op Art by Richard Anuszkiewicz, there is sure to be something you love. Come in to see our full selection. For more information, contact The Gallery Store at email@example.com, 215.735.6090 x2. Image: Richard Anuszkiewicz, Rosafied (left) and Veridified (right), both 1971, Silkscreen, 39"x28 1/2" framed, Edition of 150. Regularly $1,500 each, in January each is available for $1,350.
47 hours ago