- The Inquirer’s Annette Johnson explores the problems inherent in Council President Darrell Clarke’s plan to hand over Philadelphia’s public spaces and municipal buildings to the ad-man, in an attempt to raise $10 million annually. The overextension of private money in an otherwise civic space is more than just a problem for a democratic philosophy, for the compromising of the spaces’ aesthetics depletes the draw of tourism.
- NewsWorks follows Christopher Sawyer as he removes illegal “bandit signs” from Point Breeze’s utility poles. Sawyer says that the Streets Department and Licensing and Inspection merely refer him to the other department when he calls to complain. There’s bigger fish to fry, it appears, yet this doesn’t mean that City Council hasn’t toyed with the idea of permitting their hanging for a small fee.
- Steven Ujifusa tells of the Germantown Cricket Club, built in 1891. In so doing, he touches on the forgotten days of Philadelphia as a focal point for cricket and tennis culture at the turn of last century.
- The City Paper is worried that yet another funding cut by Harrisburg is imminent—General Assistance (GA) support for recovering addicts who frequent the “more than 300 informal recovery houses scattered across Kensington, Frankford and North Philly.”
- CBS3 reports that the Streets Department is once again warning restaurateurs that a permit is required for sidewalk dining.
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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