Hawthorne’s Forthcoming Lawn

 

  • Gabriel Gottlieb previews two much needed public parks coming to neighborhoods just south of Center City. Originally opened in 2008, Graduate Hospital’s Julian Abele Park, at 22nd & Carpenter, is set for improvements that will encourage increased community activities in the space. Hawthorne Park at 12th & Catharine, however, is much more impressive. The $2.2 million project will provide the Hawthorne neighborhood with a square-type open green space, seamlessly flanked by the Martin Luther King townhomes to its north and west. For the complete background on Hawthorne Park, see Angela Taurino’s story, “Little Park, Long View,” HERE.
  • Plan Philly looks at the Historical Commission’s review of two proposed demolitions: The University of Pennsylvania’s request to demolish a 19th century Italianate mansion at 40th and Pine (which received conceptual approval) and the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral (which did not). For Nathaniel Popkin’s report on potentially precedent-making implications of the demolition of the cathedral’s adjacent buildings, 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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