Welcome to this week's PlanPhilly newsletter, focusing on the transformative issues affecting Philadelphia. On the housing front, advocates are decrying the city's for-profit eviction system, calling it lacking in dignity and compassion. A local lawsuit against OCF Realty further underscores the pressing need for tenant protections.
In education, Drexel University gains a $1M grant to launch a new minor, training the workforce in the expanding cell and gene therapy industry. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania's status as No. 2 in the nation for higher ed credit card deals is provoking ethical discussions. On the environmental end, visionaries are drafting plans to turn vacant lots into parks, and citizen scientists are partnering with researchers to explore alternative cooling solutions like patio umbrellas for Philadelphia's sizzling neighborhoods.
As Philadelphia navigates these complex issues in housing, education, and environmental sustainability, we invite you to join us in unpacking these compelling stories. Contact us at [email protected]