- The Inquirer’s Inga Saffron questions why the normally planning-minded Nutter Administration has failed to explore alternatives to Center City’s segment of I-95, along with its resulting spatial disconnect. And not only is it anachronistic, the highway, according to Saffron’s deducing, is only about eight years away from the initial planning stages of a complete overhaul, further necessitating “the city to come up with an alternative plan and win public consensus.”
- A year and a half later, the refurbished exterior of Independence Hall will be unveiled tomorrow in a public ceremony at 4:30PM, with Mayor Nutter and Representative Chaka Fattah in attendance. Uwishunu has all the information, as well as a diagram explaining the architectural work done to the building.
- One Kensington resident, as the City Paper follows, spent almost a year undertaking a surveillance operation from his own home, in order to collect enough info to have the police successfully handle the nuisance home across the street—and it only took some 200 calls and 183 e-mails to do so. Yet Police Commissioner “Ramsey denies that there’s a threshold that must be surpassed to gain police attention. ‘It could happen with one call, it can happen with 10 calls.’”
- James Garvey, 85, has lived on the corner of Roxborough’s Fairthorne Street & Ridge Avenue since 1983. The amateur painter’s house looks out over an empty lot, previously used by a Gary Barbera dealership, yet a nonprofit, Intercommunity Action, has sought a zoning variance for the lot and plans to build a 40-unit apartment complex in its place. NewsWorks reports on Garvey’s move to stop the project, which he says would replace light and air with more traffic.
- According to Naked Philly, nearly 13,000 square feet of ground floor space is up for rent within the 1896-constructed Witherspoon Building at 1319 Walnut.
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.