Viaduct More Than A Dream

  • The City Paper’s Isaiah Thompson profiles Paul Levy, the head of the Center City District. Forceful, balanced, creative—and to some, presumptuous—Levy’s approach to the revitalization of downtown Philadelphia–and now the Reading Viaduct–has garnered the admiration of many in the past three decades.
  • The University City Review reports on yesterday’s opening of Mantua Square, the Housing Authority’s development, comprising the entire block of 35th & Fairmount. The mix of apartments and duplexes “complements and encourages current revitalization efforts in the neighborhood.”
  • Newsworks visited last weekend’s “Harvest on Henry” family festival and was impressed by the “Henry Got Crops” farm. Each year, members purchase a share of the food produced at this community supported agriculture (CSA) initiative, and collect their share of crops each week.
  • PlanPhilly reviews yesterday’s Art Commission meeting, which saw the approval of the illuminating project for North Broad, as well as the Water Department’s plans for an “extremely green” Northeast Water Pollution Control Plant.
  • The Planning Commission is reaching out for community input in the second phase of the city’s Bike and Pedestrian Plan (see more on that today in Possible City); with the focus shifting towards West, Southwest, and Northwest Philly. Times and locations for the four open houses here.
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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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