Spring Garden New Deal Mural Saved

PlanPhilly

  • 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.
About the author

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.

E-mail him at: smcurrall[at]gmail[dot]com



Comments are closed.

Recent Posts
A Monumental Shift At Dilworth Park

A Monumental Shift At Dilworth Park

October 24, 2014  |  Vantage

Olin's design for Dilworth Park gives Philadelphia what it has long struggled for: a suitably grand approach to the monumental City Hall, says Hidden City co-editor Nathaniel Popkin. Here's his review of the park, now essentially complete > more

Kenney To Hist Commission: Put Buildings On Register, Get More Funding

Kenney To Hist Commission: Put Buildings On Register, Get More Funding

October 24, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Firm would simply recoup money through ads, Councilman Kenney wants to bolster Historical Commission, Councilman Henon undaunted by Planning Commission’s non-recommendation for Mayfair overlay, and Guinn hard at work on latest mural > more

Bill Seeks To Preempt Tragedy With Better Data For Firefighters

Bill Seeks To Preempt Tragedy With Better Data For Firefighters

October 23, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Blueprint reconnaissance for firefighter safety, improvements to the Burk Mansion, City Council considers beautification of vacant land by former convicts, and more inaction on PGW sale > more

Why The Flying Saucer Deserves Your LOVE

Why The Flying Saucer Deserves Your LOVE

October 22, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Preservation Alliance calls iconic LOVE Park building a “place to save,” zoning changes introduced for parts of North Philly, another firm for the Navy Yard, and a sinking pharmacy in South Philly > more

The Missing Namesake Of North Philly's Lost Necropolis

The Missing Namesake Of North Philly’s Lost Necropolis

October 21, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Next up in our Halloween cemetery series: Harry K hits the tomes looking for the missing obelisk of Monument Cemetery. Is it sitting in a gravestone dumping ground at the foot of the Betsy Ross Bridge? Its fate may be forever unknown > more

Of Birds And Drinking Water

Of Birds And Drinking Water

October 21, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Inside the East Park Reservoir, Temple students adopting blocks, UCD to start early on 40th Street plaza, and Jewish life gets a boost at Penn > more