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December 5: Philadelphia Tenants Union | LGBT archives | Arts & Crafts Holdings

Arts & Crafts Holdings has snatched another building in the newly named Spring Arts neighborhood, writes the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni. The developer, which owns four other properties in the neighborhood, has purchased the 90 percent occupied building at 417 N. 8th Street for $15.25 million.

Generocity profiles tenant-led organization Philadelphia Tenants Union (PTU). The organization is currently advocating on behalf of Councilman Curtis Jones’ “just cause” eviction bill.

In a joint post, Councilmembers Blondell Reynolds Brown, Curtis Jones, and Maria Quiñones-Sánchez make the case for mixed-income housing and their support for the controversial inclusionary zoning bill. Writing about development and affordable housing in the past two decades, they explain that the initiative introduced by Quiñones-Sánchez “encapsulates years of feedback from local civic organizations, national policy experts, and industry professionals.”

Philadelphia LGBT archives at 1315 Spruce: Dana Difilippo discusses one of the largest archives in the country, housed at William Way LGBT Community Center. The center is in the final year of its grant from the William Penn Foundation to double and preserve the archives and expand the reading room.

Contributing to CityLab, the Economic Innovation Group cautions that certain demographic groups disproportionately suffer economic inequality and health inequality in America. The authors write that minorities, namely blacks and Native Americans, are most likely to live in economically distressed zip codes and register lower life expectancies than whites, and that the white working class is the only group for which both life expectancy and economic circumstances have significantly deteriorated.

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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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