Philadelphia

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Philly Socialists and the Philadelphia Tenants Union - A Review Two Years Later

I'm reviewing the original Philadelphia Tenants Union proposal that was proposed by David Thompson and Tim Horras for the Philly Socialists in August 2015. At that time, Tim Horras was chair of the organization. And David Thompson currently is chair.

For the record, I'm currently a dues-paying, but inactive, Philly Socialists member. I was very active in August 2015 and before.

Their proposal (see below) might have been slightly modified (before adoption) to include more of a time line.

Predicting the Philadelphia District Attorney Primary - May 16, 2017

I have developed a very tentative prediction model for the Philadelphia District Attorney's race and the Democratic primary on May 16, 2017.

The incumbent, Seth Williams, dropped out due to corruption. This left the city with a wide-open race. The Democratic party establishment has not endorsed anyone. Instead individual Democratic leaders have spread their support among the seven candidates.

My model is based on several weighted factors. The weights are somewhat arbitrary. For instance, I would give polling more weight if there were independent polls and more polls in general.

Larry Krasner, Ending Mass Incarceration, Philadelphia District Attorney race

Larry Krasner is running for Philadelphia District Attorney on a platform of ending mass incarceration. He is a long-time defense attorney who has defended numerous activists in court and has longstanding ties to social movements.

Philadelphia House Age Map

A couple months ago I made this property level map of
Philly Housing Age

A couple areas of the city are missing data (in my data source).

Philadelphia Exterior Property Condition Map

I made a new map of Philadelphia Exterior Housing Condition using the Office of Property Assessment data (2015).

It is part of a series of high resolution maps I've made for Philadelphia using property level data.

It is interesting to see what parts of the city have new construction, rehabbing, and vacant and/or uninhabitable properties.

Who would Benefit from Rent Control in Philadelphia?

As rent continues to rise at a rate faster than wages and inflation for most Americans, many people think that rent control could help.

Previously, I made a Rent Change Map for Philly that shows that most areas had rent increase faster than inflation between the 2000 Census and the 2009-2013 American Community Survey.

I decided to extend this analysis by looking at which demographic groups might benefit the most from rent control.

Winchester Tenants demand justice from the Friends Rehabilitation Program

I wrote a summary of the fight that I'm involved in on behalf of the Winchester Tenants who live in the Winchester Building in West Philly. We are fighting the Quaker non-profit Friends Rehabilitation Program which has failed to do proper building maintenance since 2011.

Winchester Tenants Demand Justice from the Friends Rehabilitation Program

Philadelphia Actual Value Initiative - Why it might have failed - The Interaction Effect between Land and Improvements

Two years ago Philadelphia passed the Actual Value Initiative (AVI) in an attempt to properly revalue the properties for taxation. I wrote about this earlier. Ever since, there have been two different stories. One side argues that the AVI was accurate and increased fairness, whereas the other side argues the opposite.

Previously my best guess as to the problem was that the two different sides used different data (different versions of the Office of Property Assessment data set).

Online Petition Drive - Support the Winchester Tenants

I'm working with the Philly Socialists Solidarity Network in West Philadelphia and a group of tenants of the Winchester apartment building to put pressure on the landlord to follow the law, uphold Quaker values, and to treat the tenants as equal human beings who deserve quality affordable housing.

Please sign the petition. Please forward it to any Quakers whom you might know.

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