Spring Garden New Deal Mural Saved


  • The Preservation Alliance declares “The Streets Of Philadelphia”—Walter Gardner’s 1937 New Deal mural at the Spring Garden Post Office—“SAVED!” Having been listed on the Alliance’s 2011 Endangered Properties List, the USPS has decided to not close the branch after all.
  • Mayor Nutter and School Reform Commission Chairman Pedro Ramos will travel to Denver tomorrow, looking at how that city runs its schools, now a year after adopting a compact similar to Philadelphia’s “Great Schools Compact,” which pledges to promote cooperation between district and charter schools. Nutter explained the approach: “Reform, restructure, replace. That’s where we are.”
  • Philly Now reviews the non-profit Fight for Philly’s October “poverty tours” in North and Southwest Philadelphia. “The idea was to show off some of the extreme poverty, foreclosed houses, decrepit bridges and explain what the American Jobs Act could have done to perhaps change all that.”
  • Naked Philly ponders if Kensington’s Gretz Brewery at 1524 Germantown Avenue—operating from 1881 to 1960—will be utilized once more, as its neighborhood re-ascends.
  • The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival will resume with its runoff Documentaries and Dialogue series, every Monday night starting at 7PM for the five weeks (January 9—February 6) at the Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut. The films, international in scope, will be joined with discussions with a selection of directors, subjects, and authors.
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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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