- The second of four community input meetings (held by the city’s Park’s & Recreation Department, PennPraxis, and the Penn Project for Civic Engagement) concerning the best path forward for the Parkway’s transformation revealed a highly engaged and creative public. Some urged a “more park, less way” mentality, focused on keeping people around the thoroughfare event after the museums close at night.
- In a move to increase public awareness and support for Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez’s proposed central land bank bill, a coalition of various civics and faith-based groups called “Take Back Vacant Land” has announced a contest to find the best and worst of vacant lots in the city. Until August 31, city residents will have the chance to win yard-cleaning supplies simply by snapping some photos and offering a brief write up.
- Philadelphia Business Journal reports that Shoemaker Construction will renovate 30th Street Station’s West Plaza. With an estimated spring 2014 completion date, “the project entails demolition, waterproofing, structural repairs and replacement and painting of exposed steel structure.”
- Eyes on the Street spotlights a new blog, Philly Love Notes, a “collection of reminders” of why transplant Emma Fried-Cassarole appreciates her city. Yet it is also a means towards of that appreciation. “I’ve been living here for the last six years and I sort of love and hate it. And I want to love it more.”
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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