Regardless of what you think of Occupy Philly, the protesters have a point about the Dilworth Plaza project.
It's a $50-million, large-scale renovation funded almost entirely by taxpayers — and that means we should pay close attention to it. It also means we shouldn't rush to praise (or condemn) it. So we followed the money and talked to Paul Levy, the president of the Center City District, who dreamt up the project. Here's what we found:
First, the main features:
The money for the project came from four main sources:
But $5 million isn't the only thing the city chipped in.
Won't parts of this site generate money?
So how many jobs will be created?
How many public meetings were held for the project?
Where is the $50 million going?
How much will specific parts of the project cost, like the ice-skating rink or cafe?
How did Daniel J. Keating become the project's contractor?