- Naked Philly reports that state funding will allow for the construction of a large supermarket in the Mantua section. While the project is sorely needed—with much support from Drexel University and other groups—the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority has its logistical work cut out for it, as the plan for “Westview Plaza” calls for an expansive parking lot that includes some parcels with residences.
- Thanks in part to a recent $15 million donation from an alumnus, Maurice Kanbar, East Falls’ Philadelphia University is constructing a LEED certified building with some 38,500 square feet to house its forthcoming College of Design, Engineering and Commerce.
- The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s first LEED certified project, East North Central’s Norris Apartments, will take place today, at 3PM, at 2009 North 11th Street. “The 51 apartments are modern, sustainable and affordable,” PHA says in a press release. “The development is also in line with the City’s stormwater management plan.” For Stephen Stofka’s review of the Norris Apartments, click HERE.
- The Atlantic Cities’ senior editor Richard Florida has developed what he calls a “Combined Global City Index,” which evaluates a city’s global reach and clout, combining various economic and population data. His list of the top ten American cities includes Philadelphia—at number nine.
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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