Category Archives: Economic Development

Easton Introducing Trolley Service Because “We Can’t Invent Parking”

Easton, PA is one of my favorite small cities in eastern PA, and some of the compact older cities and boroughs around the state should be looking to them for inspiration on economic revitalization. The historic downtown is beautiful, with … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Land Use, Transportation

Kill the Racehorse Grift in This Year’s #PABudget

This subsidy – this horse fucking subsidy! – provides approximately zero benefit to Pennsylvania’s economy. The jig is up, Lisa. All we’re doing is making a bunch of rich fucking out-of-state horse owners richer. $252 million richer. Every year. Some … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Economic Development, Economy

The Environmentalist Case for Philly Wage and Business Tax Reform

Here is a crucial point for Philadelphians who consider themselves environmentalists. The fact that almost 40% (!) of Philadelphians leave the city limits for work every day, mostly via solo-driving, is an absolute disaster for the climate. The more people … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Land Use, Philadelphia 2015, Transportation

Gilberton Dissolves Police Department

The departure of that nut Mark Kessler left Gilberton without a functioning police department, so now they’re just disbanding it: Ordinance 2014-1 reads, “Whereas the council of the Borough of Gilberton has agreed that it can no longer maintain a … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Social Services

Higher Parking Turnover Is Good For Downtown Business Districts

Downtown businessesĀ used to know this, but when you only have a limited amount of space in your core downtown, you need high parking turnover at curb spaces to get enough people through the door. Most people who come into your … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Land Use, Transportation

Why PA’s Urban Areas Can’t Have Nice Things

A few comments on this post noted that school district consolidation at the county level wouldn’t do anything for Philadelphia, and that’s true. Philly already has a countywide school district. But this gets at the political problem with having varied … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Land Use, Transportation

What to Read on Land Use Politics

I write about land use politics a lot (less so here now that I’m blogging here now) and it’s a fun emerging issue in Democratic politicsĀ that progressives should strive to know more about. I’ll co-sign on this reading list from … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Land Use, Transportation

Young Progressive Cathy Reuscher Selected for Bethlehem City Council Vacancy

Excellent news for Bethlehem: Bethlehem City Council on Monday picked Cathy Reuscher, a founder and member of the Bethlehem Food Co-op, to replace veteran Councilman Robert Donchez, who resigned last month to become mayor […] “I really love the city … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Land Use

The Booze Market We Need

This Letter to the Editor of the Tribune-Review sums it up: Here’s the deal: Anyone with a simple retail business license can buy liquor in bulk and sell it at retail for whatever price the market will bear. No special … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Health, Labor and Unions

Saving Money By Cutting Out the Politicians

Over at This Old City I have a riff on a Ryan Briggs post showing that we’d have fewer food deserts if we let PA grocery stores sell booze. We spend some public tax dollars subsidizing fresh food and subsidizing … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy