- Today at 11AM, the Grays Ferry Crescent Park officially opens to the public, reports the Inquirer. The $2.85 million space offers visitors a riparian respite from the gritty industrial landscape that it surrounds. The Crescent is the latest link of an envisioned trail from Fairmount Park to Bartram’s Gardens.
- On Friday, the Philadelphia Historical Commission approved the hardship application sought by the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral at 38th & Chestnut, allowing for the demolition of two historically designated brownstones. The plan to develop the cleared lots raises a fundamental question: can ancillary buildings be sacrificed to ensure the continued existence of the main feature of a historic complex of buildings?
- Philadelphia Neighborhoods takes us to the stables of Olde City Carriage Company in Kensington. Once sheltering up to 50 horses, owner Ben Starch now only cares for three. And the neighbor’s don’t seem to mind the stench very much. “It’s great to have a stable close by, as others have closed in the past,” says Michele Cobb. “It almost transports you back to the 1800s.”
- Attempting to encourage energy efficiency, City Council is reportedly considering a bill that would require any building over 50,000 square feet to track its energy use, and share the statistics with tenants.
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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