Speaking In Code


  • The last of public testimony concerning the Zoning Code Commission’s proposals was held yesterday at City Hall. PlanPhilly analyzes the discussion, particularly the Commission’s response to Council’s last fifteen recommendations.
  • The hearing stirred community passions, as PhillyNow explores. Community groups in the Southwest lament that the area has historically been a dumping ground for institutions thought to be unacceptable in other neighborhoods. At issue during the zoning hearing was the proposed “day reporting center,” at 52nd & Gray Avenue, to house parolees and nonviolent criminals.
  • NakedPhilly.com looks at the anticipated expansion of the Wistar Institute at 3601 Spruce. At issue: architectural style and the connection to the sidewalk and street.
  • Temple’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods talks to Parkside residents about the impact of the closed 40th and 41st Street Pennsylvania Railroad. While disuse has promoted graffiti and garbage, the community hopes for the reconstruction project to bring improvements.
  • The Business Journal reports that 1650 Arch has secured more tenants while it undergoes a $6 million renovation.
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    Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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