Allan Domb: Upzone City-Owned Properties Before, Not After, Sales

(Councilmember Allan Domb) Councilman Allan Domb is a real estate pro, but ever since he was elected to City Council in 2015, he's tended to avoid playing to type and really owning the real estate and zoning issue set.  Continue reading

Luxury Housing and Jobs: Can the Tail Wag the Dog?

(500 Walnut under construction | Photo: Jon Geeting) My friend Jake Blumgart is a guy with a pretty unimpeachable set of lefty credentials, so it was a lot of fun to read his unlikely apologia for ultra-luxury housing in PlanPhilly this week.  Continue reading

Younger Voters Stepped Up in the 2017 Primary, and Outsider Candidates Won

Back in March, we wondered whether there was going to be a 'Trump Bump' in the 2017 municipal primaries. There had been a ton of buzz around local political engagement brought on by the 2016 Presidential election outcome, but it wasn't yet clear if that was just going to translate into a lot of rallies, or if people were going to be more motivated to vote.  Continue reading

City Commissioners lost a bunch of voter registrations in 2017

So it turns out the City Commissioners processed a ton of voter registrations really late and lost a bunch more. This is not good or surprising news.  Continue reading

To Meet Paris Climate Goals, Kenney and Council Should Embrace Density and Transit

(Multifamily and single-family housing living in harmony in Seattle | Photo: Jon Geeting) Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced he would pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement--the most significant international action taken so far to mitigate the worst effects of climate change.  Continue reading

"Liberal Wards" Keep Growing Their Influence in City Elections

The big question coming out of the 2017 municipal primaries is whether the results, which were a total black eye for the traditional Democratic Party machine, should be seen as a one-time fluke, or whether they're part of an ongoing trend that spells trouble for other incumbents in the 2018 and 2019 election cycles. Continue reading

Philly Should Worry About a Housing Shortage, Not a Bubble

Philadelphia has been experiencing a spate of sustained growth in home prices in the post-recession period, leaving some observers to wonder where the ceiling is. The latest entry in this genre is a blog post from Jonathan Tannen at Econsult, which poses the question of whether our recent housing market trends are sustainable, or whether we're watching a bubble developing.  Continue reading

Bob Brady Says "Traditional Wards" Got Out-Hustled By Liberal Wards. Which Wards Are Those?

(DCC Chairman Bob Brady is a very traditional guy. Photo: Rep. Bob Brady) In the course explaining away the Democratic City Committee's ultra-weak performance in the municipal primaries this Tuesday, chairman Bob Brady told Dave Davies of WHYY that the "traditional wards" were simply out-hustled by "liberal wards." Continue reading

Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Municipal Primary Pool

  Last week, Philadelphia 3.0 announced our 2017 Municipal Elections Pool, inviting our audience of political junkies to test their prediction skills, and guess the outcome of the Democratic District Attorney and Controller primaries.  Continue reading

Larry Krasner's Coattails Don't Explain Rebecca Rhynhart's Sweep

(What a rout looks like. | Map: Jonathan Tannen, Econsult Solutions) As the news media and political observers have started parsing this week's electoral surprises, particularly in the Democratic Controller primary, an unfortunate narrative has begun to emerge in some quarters--originating with comments from Controller Alan Butkovitz on WHYY--that Rebecca Rhynhart was swept to victory on the coattails of D.A. primary winner Larry Krasner. It's worth putting this idea to bed quickly, as it's not only sexist, but totally wrong.  Continue reading