- Mayor Nutter announced at the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon yesterday that his administration would devote itself in securing a buyer for the Divine Lorraine, widely considered as being the lynchpin for revitalization efforts along the North Broad corridor. Such drive is needed, suggests Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger: “The mayor and I are determined to get it done because, if not, it’s a big, tall billboard of blight.”
- Flying Kite reports that State Senator Larry Farnese has introduced legislation that would remove use-restrictions placed on South Broad Street’s vacant Third Regiment Armory, granting the community more control over the building’s fate “in a neighborhood that has otherwise been a beacon for redevelopment.” For the complete scoop on that building, click HERE.
- Charles Dickens was born 200 years ago today. Philadelphia Neighborhoods stops by West Philadelphia’s Clark Park, as local residents place some extra emphasis in what has become an annual celebration of the Victorian author, seeing as the park is home to one of only two Dickens statutes in the world.
- Eyes on the Street checks up on the Under the Clothespin mosaic by artists Miriam Singer and Emilie Ledieu, currently being assembled at the squalid Centre Square subway concourse. The Mural Arts Program piece celebrates the individual traveler’s sense of place within this civic node of Philadelphia.
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.
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