- Flying Kite looks at three music venues: Fishtown’s Johnny Brenda’s, the Loft District’s Union Transfer, and South Philly’s (soon to be resurrected) Boot & Saddle. The piece stresses that such venues may act as a catalyst, encouraging radial development and interest for their neighborhoods as a whole. To do so, start-ups usually are obligated get in step with their prospective neighbors (promising to ‘not be Delaware Avenue’) and collaborate with other area businesses. And it seems to be working. “I think Philadelphia has tremendous potential to be a live music mecca on the East Coast, with the right push,” says Avram Hornik, of Union Transfer and Boot & Saddle.
- Naked Philly documents the demolition of Mt. Olive AME Church at 19th & Fitzwater Streets in Graduate Hospital. After the last brick of the century old church is removed, Michael and Mario Carosella of C&R Building Supply will then construct five single-family dwellings, with parking at the rear of the buildings.
- NewsWorks reports on one prospective homeowner’s problems with “short sales,” the misleading term for a bank’s “quick” sale of a repossessed house. For Stephanie Griffin and her husband, buying their dream home in Fairmount was more of a nightmare—a protracted, yearlong struggle, and with no home to show for it.
- According to Plan Philly, Ensemble Real Estate’s plans for a high-rise—to be called “Marina View Tower”—just north of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, has been downgraded to a 11-story mid-rise plan.
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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