- The City Paper reports on the “cowboy developers” who have made North Central Philadelphia a checkerboard of plywood and fresh concrete in recent years. At the heart of the transitioning neighborhood, one quickly sees the contradictions within the town-gown duality. While local residents resent the university’s liberal use of eminent domain, few would argue that conditions have not improved in a general sense. Moreover, “North Philly needs Temple to survive, and Temple needs North Philly to grow.”
- The Inquirer announces the end of Silverliner II & IIIs in SEPTA’s service. The last of the half-century-old Regional Rail cars will be sold for scrap after it completes its last run to Cynwyd today.
- Since 1830, the communities of the Lower Northwest have held an “Independence Day Parade of Churches and Sunday Schools and Synagogues.” This year’s festivities will be bittersweet, says NewsWorks, as the parade will commemorate the three Catholic Churches of the area set to close on July 1: St. Mary of the Assumption, St. Lucy’s and St. Josaphat.
- According to Philadelphia Real Estate, 1700 Market Street may be getting a face-lift with the addition of a 20,000 square foot “dramatic” retail pavilion.
- Yesterday’s budget passed by City Council officially delays the implementation of Actual Value Initiative (AVI) for at least another year, while raising property taxes by 3.6%
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.