Chestnut Hill Residents Sue Over Spot Zoning

  • Chestnut Hill Local reports that a dozen of local residents are challenging City Council’s December decision to grant a zoning variance for the former Magarity property at 8200 Germantown Avenue, allowing Richard Snowden and his Bowman Properties to construct an imposing mixed-use project on the parcel. The neighbors claim the OK to be little more than “unconstitutional spot zoning.”
  • The Atlantic Cities sits down with “rooftopping” photographer Tom Ryaboi from Toronto. He has also taken a few photos atop Philadelphia; his captured cityscape from the roof of the Divine Lorraine is worth a look, as graffitied Victorian fades towards the slick Comcast building in the distance.
  • Who wants a tree? Yesterday, Mayor Nutter announced TreePhilly, an initiative seeking to give away trees to city residents in order to bolster Philadelphia’s lacking tree canopy. Applications for a tree must be received by March 31.
  • Drexel’s Academy of Natural Sciences presents an Urban Sustainability Forum, High Tunnels: A Sustainable Solution for Local Urban Agriculture. The forum (tonight, from 6:30—8:30) explores the innovative technology of “high tunnels” in the pursuit of eliminating the “food deserts” of urban areas. For more information, click HERE.
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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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