- “The best corner lot left in Northern Liberties” (at North 2nd & Brown Streets) is no more, seeing as the Zoning Board of Adjustment approved plans to construct a six-story mixed use with 10 residential units. “This new building will fit in well in Northern Liberties,” asserts Naked Philly, it being “surrounded by several new construction, mid-rise buildings with contemporary design elements.”
- Yesterday’s Rules Committee meeting at City Hall saw an impassioned public speak on City Council President Darrell Clarke’s bill to establish a neighborhood improvement district (NID) in North Central Philadelphia. Clarke has long maintained that the backlash against Bill 120020 was due to “misinformation,” but residents seemed conversant enough, with one man wondering why a 7% tax increase was necessary for services for which the city was already responsible.
- City Paper reports that City Council’s deliberations concerning the Mayor’s Actual Value Initiative are heating up, as an associated $90 million of projected revenue will be reserved for the strapped School District. “Roll call! Time to man up!, exclaimed Councilman Curtis Jones. “Why is it that when it comes to our public school children that we cannot find that constitution with ourselves…. If we got snookered last time we will do better this time, but we will not abandon those kids — not on my watch.”
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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