- The city has formalized an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency to collaborate on the Philadelphia’s 25-year-long “Green City, Clean Waters” initiative, which may prove a working model for many other American cities. “We want to see the benefits of green infrastructure taking hold in other large metropolitan areas, not just Philadelphia,” said EPA administrator Lisa Jackson.
- Plan Philly reports that Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez introduced a bill that would redesignate parcels in a four-block stretch from R10 to R10A, in an admitted attempt to stymie the development of the Norris Square Civic Association’s attempt to construct a mixed-used development on the site of St. Boniface Church , which Sánchez claims lacks broad support from the community.
- The Inquirer reports that the Barnes Foundation’s public art piece, The Barnes Totem by Ellsworth Kelly, was installed yesterday. “Dr. Barnes wanted to create art for everybody,” reflected Joseph Neubauer, vice chairman of the Foundation. “This was the inspiration for [us] in commissioning this piece and bringing it here.”
- The Business Journal says that Monday will see the official groundbreaking ceremony for the $30 million, LEED Platinum “University City 2.0” building, at 41st & Market.
- In three case studies (Newbold, Washington Square West, and Callowhill), Flying Kite looks at the importance of a neighborhood’s name in its branding and self-identity.
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.