Apr. 24, 2012 4:22 pm

Wednesday: Free PlanPhilly and Philadelphia Inquirer tax delinquency demo and discussion

Tax delinquency is an issue in Philadelphia many of us are witness to nearly every day, yet we may not even know it. Lunchtime Series: PlanPhilly Tax Delinquency App Demo WHAT: A demo event showcasing PlanPhilly’s tax delinquency web application and a panel discussion highlighting the partnership between PlanPhilly and the Philadelphia Inquirer that enabled […]

Tax delinquency is an issue in Philadelphia many of us are witness to nearly every day, yet we may not even know it.

Lunchtime Series: PlanPhilly Tax Delinquency App Demo

  • WHAT: A demo event showcasing PlanPhilly’s tax delinquency web application and a panel discussion highlighting the partnership between PlanPhilly and the Philadelphia Inquirer that enabled the app.
  • WHEN: Wed, Apr 25 2012, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m.
  • WHERE: WHYY, 150 North 6th Street
  • RSVP free here

Inquirer columnist and PlanPhilly freelance reporter Patrick Kerkstra has been closer to the issue than any of us can claim: he’s covered the issue in-depth for some time, most notably in his award-winning Deluge of Deatbeats series, a partnership between the two above news organizations.

Philadelphia’s delinquency issue is an epidemic, he wrote in the series, with nearly 111,000 delinquent properties, or about 19 percent of all parcels. To put it in Kerkstra’s words, vacant property is “an old problem with serious consequences for the City of Philadelphia.”

At 12pm on Wednesday, April 25, at WHYY as part of Philly Tech Week’s ongoing FREE lunchtime series, Kerkstra will demo a public tool created in partnership between PlanPhilly and the Inquirer to help shed light on the issue.

He’ll also join a panel of delinquency and news technology experts to discuss the issue, how the tool came to be, how it was used in Kerkstra’s reporting and what’s next.

RSVP for the free event HERE.

The panel will include:

  • Patrick Kerkstra, freelance journalist
  • Rob Kandel, Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Julie Busby, Inquirer City Editor
  • Kevin Gillen, eConsult
  • Moderator: Matt Golas, PlanPhilly Managing Editor

It’s all part of a new series of events PlanPhilly has been working on in coordination with Technically Media.

Lunch is provided courtesy of Saxbys Rittenhouse. RSVP for the free event HERE.

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Brian James Kirk

Brian James Kirk is a cofounder of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. Kirk handles business development, marketing and product development, forging new partnerships, building brand identity and coordinating events and projects. He's an avid biker and lives in the Callowhill neighborhood of Philadelphia.

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