January 5: Gillen out | MQS makes land bank deposit | Traffic playground | Citified

Former Redevelopment Authority head Terry Gillen ended her campaign for Mayor, due in part to a difficulty raising money. 

Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez is setting an example for City Council, transferring 17 city-owned properties in her district. Claudia Vargas says Councilmembers expect city-owned properties in their districts will "trickle into the bank."

A bi-state bill to reform the Delaware River Port Authority and formally restrict its "economic development" spending is faces opposition in New Jersey from state Senate President Steve Sweeney. 

Governing Magazine looks at some ways that local governments and civic organizations are using digital engagement tools to supplement public meetings for gathering feedback from neighborhoods.

Shane Phillips at Better Institutions wonders if Uber X and other transportation network companies shouldn't just sell insurance to drivers if existing insurance companies won't offer the hybrid consumer/commercial insurance plan they want.

PhillyMag's new Citified blog launched today, featuring Philly journalism greats Patrick Kerkstra and Holly Otterbein.

Mikael Colville-Andersen has some photos of a traffic playground in Copenhagen, where young children learn about street and bike safety.

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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