February 24: Parker announces for 9th District | Kensington fire | Philly sprawl

Rep. Cherelle Parker formally announced her candidacy for 9th District Councilwoman Marian Tasco's seat. Tasco is retiring from Council.

There was a massive fire in a commercial building in Kensington this morning, right near the York-Dauphin El station and across the street from the site of the Bucks Hosiery fire.

Brett Mandel points out that the Mayor and City Council candidates don't really have much power over education, and wishes the candidates would focus on issues they can actually impact.

Newsworks talks to historian Michael Tolle, who is publishing a book on Schuylkill River towns between Philadelphia and Reading.

Citified looks at different measures of sprawl and notes that the sprawl problem in the Philadelphia metro is pretty acute

Condo buildings in Philly are jumping on the indoor smoking ban trend.

And Holly Otterbein dings Doug Oliver for vagueness.

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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