- NewsWorks reports on the “massive renovation” efforts now underway in Hunting Park’s eponymous 87-acre public space. A community garden, playground, and baseball diamond are just a few features of this $3.5 million project, which has been touted as a potential catalyst towards the neighborhood’s revitalization.
- The Inquirer reports that Mark Segal, publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News, has passed the last funding hurdle in realizing a project that he once thought a “pie on the sky:” an affordable senior living community in Center City, which would cater to the needs of the much-maligned LGBT senior community. The $19 million development—to rise by the end of next year on South 13th Street, between Spruce and Locust—will have six stories, offering 56 one-bed units.
- Final decisions are in for several Philadelphia Catholic parishes. “In Germantown, Saint Francis of Assisi, Immaculate Conception and St. Vincent de Paul will merge into St. Vincent’s.” And “in Manayunk, St. Lucy and Holy Family will merge into Holy Family,” while “St. John the Baptist, St. Josaphat and St. Mary of the Assumption will merge into St. John’s.”
- Following the recent hype of the installation of the Barnes Foundation’s Totem on the Parkway, Erica Palan of the Philly Post lists what stands out to her as the “7 ugliest pieces of public art in Philly.” Palan wonders if any reader has anything to add to the list.
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.