Other Monday bits (late edition)
- Philadelphia's tax burden is relatively high. Business, property, wage, income... What to do?
- The Philadelphia school system is working with the local Building/Trades Council to set up a system of apprenticeships for interested graduates. Delicate racial sensibilities appear to be involved, but it seems like the agreement would be a win for both students and unions, if the four-year training leads to new additions to the skilled trades.
- John Baer applauds Councilwoman Blackwells' proposal to have Philadelphians vote their views on the Iraq war, because even symbolic actions made a difference.
- The Pennsylvania legislature is considering a bill to require that translators be made available to criminal defendants in the state. The Senate passed a bill last summer, and the House is hoping to vote on theirs by this summer. Seems like a good idea, when the alternative is to hope that bystanders or family members can convey the critical information correctly...
- Three stories concerning development questions:
- The Daily News notes the scarcity of information about the planned Trump condo tower on the Delaware River, and how this project might dovetail with others being discussed. Also unclear is how Rendell's recent riverfront moratium affects these plans.
- A second story looks at a slew of tall buildings planned for along the river. They all seem to be condos. Again, the moratorium could slow or prompt reconsideration of some of these towers.
- Finally, the paper's editorial page applauds the governor's moratorium, suggesting that the state should revalue its "riparian rights" to reflect the new trendiness of the area, and that the city should give some thought to how it wants its shoreline to develop, especially for the public (as opposed to corporate) good. I agree in principle, but have no sense of the degree to which the cows are already out of the barn...