Power Struggle In Norris Square Over Plans For St. Boniface Site


Neal Santos | City Paper

  • City Paper provides an excellent overview of the increasingly volatile arguments in Norris Square over plans for the St. Boniface site. The article contends that Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez’s opposition to the Norris Square Civic Association’s (NSCA) project, which includes “a day-care center, a school, a community center and 15 units of co-op housing,” reveals more than meets the eye (Sánchez stresses that the plan misuses a federal grant and has not been properly vetted by the community); Sánchez is countering the prevailing “sense of intimidation” in Norris Square cultivated by the NSCA, and in so doing, reminding constituents of who has been elected and who hasn’t.
  • After spending the last nine years attempting to reuse the historically designated 1850s mansion at 40th & Pine (all plans were cost prohibitive or lacked support), the University of Pennsylvania is applying for financial hardship status in order to have it torn down. Eyes on the Street explores the intricacies of a preservation case that even Penn admits is unusual. “Losing this badly altered historic building is one thing, setting bad precedent is another.” For Ryan Briggs report on this issue and part two of our feature on the failing of preservation in Philadelphia, click HERE.
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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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