- Kristen A. Graham of the Inquirer suggests a possible solution to the ubiquitous underfunded Philly public school: self-reliance. With Southwest Philadelphia’s Tilden Middle School (66th & Elmwood) as the chief case study, Graham tracks the improvements possible in a community-driven response to one neighborhood’s struggling school. “Either you can sit back and complain and make excuses for not having money, or you can be proactive and take ownership of your school,” stressed Tilden principal Jonas Crenshaw.
- The Philly Post’s Liz Skipol asks what’s in a name, asserting that the “it would be completely disrespectful to disinherit a community and its history,” if some had their way in altering the widely used name of “Gayborhood” to “Midtown Village.”
- The Mayor is determined to have the city “help as it can” (but with no direct financial incentives) to attract yet another hotel in Center City to accommodate additional visitors brought to the city thanks to the expansion of the Convention Center.
- In Plan Philly’s latest edition of its “Look Up!” photo essay feature, architect Frank Furness’ 1892 chapel at Frankford’s Mt. Sinai Cemetery, a rare survival of Furness’ work for Philadelphia’s Jewish community.
- A new, 683-car parking garage is coming to the Philadelphia Zoo by next spring, reports the Business Journal.
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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