Historic Preservation Or Democracy In Overbrook Farms?

Alan Jaffe, Plan Philly

  • Stephanie Kindt, an attorney and resident of West Philadelphia’s Overbrook Farms neighborhood, believes that the section is a “treasure of the city.” While others certainly would concur, not all of those are rushing to protect that treasure, fighting against the push by the Preservation Alliance and other groups to have it deemed historic by the city (thereby limiting aesthetic deviations from its quintessential late-Victorian allure). Plan Philly asks: should history be put up to a straightforward yes-or-no vote?
  • The “groundbreaking” for the $50 million Dilworth Plaza and SEPTA subway station overhaul took place yesterday. “Our goal here is to create a first-class park,” said Center City District head Paul Levy, “a great public space and a signature gateway to public transit at Dilworth Plaza.”  The project is expected to require 2 years for completion.
  • Flying Kite reports that Michael Loonstyn and his MJL Properties have been given approval to begin construction of a four-story condominium project at 19th, Poplar, & Parrish Streets in Francisville. Its roof decks will supposedly offer a “stunning view” of Center City, adding to the attractiveness of living in a centrally located neighborhood.
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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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