- Yesterday City Council approved plans that would assist in proprietor Mike Driscoll’s attempt to shift the business model of his Finnegan’s Wake bar towards catering. In so doing, he has met vocal opposition from local residents. “The community is unanimously and totally opposed,” opined Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association President Matt Ruben. Most egregious are the designs for a balcony covering most of the Spring Garden public sidewalk, yet the near expunging of Bodine Street is not impressing folks too much either.
- In her latest piece for the Inquirer, architectural critic Inga Saffron takes issue with the lack of retail space in current designs for the Marina View apartments tower, situated on the Delaware just south of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. As the project is the first component of the Central Delaware Master Plan to be approved by the planning commission, Saffron hopes that the lack of foresight is not a sign of things to come, for “ground-floor activity [is] the magic elixir that makes buildings into more than isolated islands of habitation.”
- In Graduate Hospital, on the southeast corner of 20th & Kimball Streets, Naked Philly reports that the current warehouse on that lot could give way to condominiums, returning the space once again to residential use, (for which it is already zoned). The initial renderings, which supposedly garnered mixed reviews by the community, may be seen 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.