- The Daily News talks to Judy Appelbaum, 63, who lives near Broad & Washington. Appelbaum claims that Mayor Nutter’s support for switching the city to Actual Value Initiative (AVI) would see a dramatic rise in her property taxes, prompting her to move. While the AVI system would surely improve upon the uneven assessed value used in the past, many say that additional protections are needed against the possible spikes in rates in rising neighborhoods like the Northern Liberties.
- The Inquirer stops by the Barnes Foundation’s new home on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, this, just three weeks away from the space’s opening. Currently, the last preparations are underway, including getting the measurements right—mimicking the wall arrangements found in the previous Lower Merion gallery.
- Plan Philly reports that some $4.7 million will be required for Pier 9 to be stabilized and brought up to safety standards.
- West Philly Local reports that SEPTA will replace the tracks for Trolley Route 34 this spring and summer. The 7,500 feet of trolley track in question is thirty years old in some instances.
- NewsWorks would like you to know that despite the relative lack of evidence, the Dilworth Plaza’s renovation project is making progress. Center City District CEO Paul Levy explains that so much of the transformation effort involves connections with the subway concourse as to warrant the seemingly protracted construction process.
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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