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November 7: #ElectionDay refresher | Super Wawa refused | Jumpstart citywide

Need a refresher for Election Day? We got you.

On the property tax amendment: WHYY News’ Avi Wolfman-Arent explains how it could lower property taxes and radically change school funding, or change nothing. Or hey, listen to City and State Pennsylvania’s Ryan Briggs explain the details on Radio Times.

Who’s funding local judicial races? Dave Davies crunches the data from the two campaign finance reports covering June 6 through October 23.

Replacing former D.A. Seth Williams: Marty Moss-Coane interviews Republican candidate Beth Grossman and Democratic candidate Larry Krasner. Each Radio Times segment is 35 minutes long. Dave Davies does a quick (6 minutes) check-in on the two candidates on Morning Edition.

The Knight Foundation has awarded $3.28 million to the Fairmount Park Conservancy to develop a citywide engagement strategy around public spaces, Rachel Dovey reports. The conservancy will use the funding to build a network of public-private partnerships to spur civic participation concerning public spaces, “mobilizing residents as co-creators in shaping their neighborhoods.” Partners include Parks and Rec, the Free Library, and the Philadelphia Parks Alliance.

L&I has turned down developer Bart Blatstein’s application for gas pumps as part of “super Wawa” gas station plan on the waterfront, Jacob Adelman reports. The “refusal” notice cites the zoning overlay that prohibits fueling stations; CDAG chairman Matt Ruben said the plan would “undermine the overlay’s goal of fostering foot traffic between the waterfront and adjacent neighborhoods.”

Jumping on the Jumpstart bandwagon: the Barra Foundation has granted Philadelphia LISC $125,000 to scale Ken Weinstein’s Jumpstart Germantown model, Generocity’s Albert Hong reports. Hong covers variations of the anti-gentrification model, such as Jumpstart Kensington, and the growing interest from other neighborhoods. Philly Office Retail and LISC are hosting an info session November 13 featuring a “How-To” Guide for Neighborhoods and a $5,000 seed grant competition.

More on NHSL extension to King of Prussia: Sandy Smith looks into the real estate case for transit, benefits to seniors and the environment according to advocates, and opponents’ “legitimate objections to the planned route.” Smith cites SEPTA’s recent draft environmental impact statement, which Jim Saksa breaks down here.

About the author

Diana Lu, Community Engagement Editor

Diana runs PlanPhilly’s community outreach and engagement online and in real life. She has spent more than ten years in the non-profit and public sectors working on urban development issues including environmental justice, design-based manufacturing, and community and economic development.  Prior to joining PlanPhilly, Diana worked as the Director of Partnerships and Outreach for 10,000 Small Businesses, a public-private initiative focused strengthening local businesses through revenue generation and local job creation.  Follow Diana on instagram @dianaluwho and email her at dlu@whyy.org.



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