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November 19: Casino reactions | #PHL2015 round-up | Rent your car at the airport | Bike moms' open letter

Appreciate PlanPhilly's reporting and want to help us win nice awards? Why not take a moment to vote for Jared Brey for Reporter of the Year and Jon Geeting for Community Reporter of the Year in the Pen & Pencil Club's second annual Philadelphia News Awards.

#PHL2015 round-up: Ed Rendell is hosting a meet-and-greet for Ken Trujillo, Doug Oliver actually would run as a Democrat, and young men candidates George Matysik and Isaiah Thomas are both in for at-large City Council.

Rather than paying money to leave your car at the airport, what if you could make money renting it to an inbound traveler? That's the premise of FlightCar, a new service launching at the Philadelphia Airport this Thanksgiving. It means new competition for the big car rental companies Avis and Hertz, so don't be surprised if this turns into the next political scuffle over the "sharing economy" but at least for now, the public affairs department at Philly International had only supportive remarks.

Bicycling moms Dena Driscoll and Marni Duffy wrote an open letter to Michael Nutter asking him to add some family cycling voices to round out the new Philadelphia Bicycle Advocacy Board.

A new lawsuit against Councilman Kenyatta Johnson by developer Michael Pollack could clarify whether councilmanic prerogative amounts to a violation of the city's policy requiring open and competitive sale processes.

South Philly neighbors are quite unhappy about the second casino location choice. Duncan Black would have preferred a Center City casino near the good transit connections, but was pessimistic about our chances of the state allowing a truly urban casino.

GroJLart wants to know why the beautiful General Accident Insurance Company building on the 400 block of Walnut is still off the market and empty.

About the author

Jon Geeting

Jon Geeting was Engagement Editor at Plan Philly from 2014-2016. He has also covered city and state politics, land use, transportation, and economic policy for Next City, Keystone Politics, This Old City, Philadelphia Magazine, and City Paper. Jon grew up in Bethlehem, PA and moved to Philadelphia in 2013 after an 11-year detour to New York City. Follow him on Twitter @jongeeting.



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