The Fair-Mounted Police

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  • Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Mayor Nutter helped announce that the Mounted Patrol division, reestablished this spring after a seven-year hiatus, will receive a new $1.4 million stable on Fairmount Park’s Chamounix Drive, near the existing McCarthy Stables. Construction, set to begin this month, will largely be pro bono from unionized labor, saving some $400,000.
  • “For a city of its size and geography,” this week’s FlyingKite.com feature reminds us, “Philadelphia can be had on the cheap.” With an average rent half that of Manhattan ($1,314.41 to $2,776.33) and an impressive (formerly unsung) urban culture, the city is drawing young people from across the East Coast and beyond.
  • Once again, on this morning after Halloween, Eastern State Penitentiary becomes underused relative to its size. PlanPhilly’s Eyes On the Street wonders the best way forward to preserve and more effectively utilize the structure year-round.
  • With more and more revitalization efforts planned for North Broad, The Temple News speaks with an area resident, who casts blame on the city for its half-century of neglect. “This is where the money is at now… Temple is growing.”
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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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