More Than A Prelude: Philadelphia’s Planning Revolution

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  • PlanPhilly’s Eyes on the Street reports on last week’s “The Philadelphia Story: Planning. Politics. Reality.” symposium at Harvard. The Inquirer’s Inga Saffron (now at Harvard on a Loeb Fellowship), Mayor Nutter, PennPraxis’ Harry Steinberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger, and the Water Department’s Glen Abrams discussed the dramatic cultural shifts within the city in regards to planning.
  • The Philly Post’s Victor Fiorillo recalls some rumors that he has heard concerning the Four Seasons planning to leave the Philadelphia market. While management denies that it has any such plans in the works, Fiorillo sees some hope in a turnaround once the Barnes Foundation opens on the Parkway in May.
  • FlyingKite looks at Southwest Philadelphia’s newest Housing Authority redevelopment project, Paschall Village at 72nd & Woodland. The goal was to replace the languishing Paschall Apartments with a sustainable community that was truly integrated with its neighborhood.
  • Philadelphia Neighborhoods visits Germantown’s Philadelphia Hair Co. at 5805 Germantown Avenue, an unassuming barbershop that boasts of its wide appeal, with some weekly regulars carpooling from as far as New York City and Virginia.
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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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