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August 26: FBI probe includes Zoning Board Chair | Demolition Derby | Greylock to sheriff sale

Another day, a new detail about the FBI investigation into IBEW Local 98: The home and office of Jim Moylan, chair of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, was also served with a search warrant, the Inquirer reports. Moylan is a chiropractor, formerly chaired the Pennsport Civic Association, and has worked as a political consultant for Local 98.

A new report from the Urban Institute argues that because affordable housing is not a problem we can build our way out of, it’s time to focus on tackling the barriers to preserving existing low-cost housing. City Lab explains.

“We need to stop the demolition derby,” said the Preservation Alliance’s Paul Steinke to a standing room only crowd in the Walnut West Public Library. The meeting convened by the University City Historical Society drew representatives from several West Philly civic associations, concerned neighbors, and preservationists to discuss preservation tools and ways to work together. West Philly Local has a recap.

To anyone who dreams of owning a stone castle, may we suggest Greylock in Chestnut Hill, a mansion built in 1909 for a retiring industrialist? Greylock is being put to sheriff sale on November 1 with a starting bid of $237,300, Property reports.

The Chicago Tribune scans the landscape of how bike lanes are evolving in cities to ensure streets are safer. Martha Roskowski, director of People for Bikes, argues that the age-old stripe of white paint (which is hard enough to achieve in Philly) simply isn’t enough: "What we've learned is that simply doesn't work for most." Philly’s push to make the bike lanes on Spruce and Pine streets protected is mentioned in a section about fierce opposition.

Newbold Neighborhood Association’s new name? East Point Breeze Neighbors.

This weekend: Parks on Tap is in Paine’s Park.

About the author

Ashley Hahn, Contributor

Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.

Contact Ashley via email or find her on twitter: @ashleyjhahn.



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