High Hopes For Center City

Rendering for 2116 Chestnut, by Joe Buck Inc

  • Philly Mag Editor Tom McGrath speculates that the recent apartment building boom in Center City is a needed bellwether for the city’s fortunes. “Center City right now is really feeding off of itself,” says Ron Chaplan of PMC Property, “and I only see that increasing in the future.”
  • Newsworks stops by East Germantown’s Martin Luther King High School, now well removed from last spring’s controversy over back-room deals for the school’s charter status. While a tough road is surely ahead for the disoriented King (now with a new principle and a 80% new faculty), but optimism is afoot: “We’re running a marathon and we’re sprinting all the way,” says teacher Ryan Baxter.
  • The Business Journal reports that Mayor Nutter is catching (some) heat by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Eastern Africa (“a non-union, merit-based organization”) for signing project labor agreements (PLAs) for the city’s massive public works expenditures.
  • PlanPhilly reports that the SugarHouse Casino has secured a major victory in its expansion efforts, with the City Council approving measures that would extend zoning further up the riverfront.
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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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