Deep River, Shallow Pockets

Barkentine Gazela | Photo: Steve Ujifusa

  • Governor Corbett has decided to release $15 million immediately towards the dredging of the Delaware. Actually only a modest fraction of the $100 million for which Harrisburg would be responsible for the project, the Inquirer reports that Corbett is using the funding guarantee to push Washington to include the project in the federal budget.
  • The Daily News is counfounded by the depth of poverty in Philadelphia, according to the American Community Survey’s review on urban poverty, released today. Philadelphia’s “astronomical” poverty rate of 27% persists despite more city residents earning diplomas.
  • In two separate pieces, The Notebook revisits the painful process of building a new West Philly High. Former West teacher Neil Geyette laments the way substantial progress he helped create beginning in 2009 was ignored by District officials. He wasn’t the only one ignored, or outright demolished in the process. Former Superintendent Arlene Ackerman took a political hacksaw to a team of educators and community members the district had asked to create a blueprint for West’s turnaround.
  • PlanPhilly reports from the latest zoning code meeting, held last night. “I think every single one of you has something in this code that you don’t like,” noted City Commerce Director Alan Greenberger, and indeed, much of the meeting focused on strategies for overcoming political obstacles to get the new code passed into law.
  • Roxborough’s Northern Home for Children is asking for some $4 million for renovations of Merick Hall. Newsworks notes that the shelter for single teenage mothers is seeking to almost double their capacity by making the already acquired, unused building inhabitable.
  • About the author

    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.

    Send a message!

    Leave a Reply

    Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

    Recent Posts
    Germantown Masonic Hall Shakes Hands With Development

    Germantown Masonic Hall Shakes Hands With Development

    July 25, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

    The Shadow gives us the rundown on the history, and future, of a Gothic Revival meeting hall on Germantown Avenue > more

    A History Of Leadership During Philadelphia's Epidemics

    A History Of Leadership During Philadelphia’s Epidemics

    July 21, 2017  |  Vantage

    Contributor Sam Dunnington examines disease outbreaks in Philadelphia and the individuals that helped the city navigate its most deadly epidemics > more

    La Salle University Tears Down Historic Victorian Home

    La Salle University Tears Down Historic Victorian Home

    July 19, 2017  |  News

    Another historic home is demolished by La Salle University for campus expansion > more

    Shaping Up And Shipping Out At Philadelphia's First Navy Yard

    Shaping Up And Shipping Out At Philadelphia’s First Navy Yard

    July 18, 2017  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

    Harry K sets sail for South Philly where shipbuilding and national defense once defined the Delaware River waterfront > more

    Demolition Of Two Neighborhood Sanctuaries Begins

    Demolition Of Two Neighborhood Sanctuaries Begins

    July 14, 2017  |  News

    Two historic churches meet the wrecking ball this week. Michael Bixler reports > more

    Marked Potential: Film Exchange Building

    Marked Potential: Film Exchange Building

    July 12, 2017  |  Marked Potential

    Shila Griffith is back with the latest and last edition of her column, Market Potential. In this final piece, Griffith reinvents a vacant, Mid-century Modern landmark near Chinatown as a cooperative cooking space for culinary entrepreneurs > more