- Metro reports that developer Jesse Munoz has purchased Kensington’s “white elephant” warehouse from the speculator who held on to the building for 15 years without improving it. Munoz envisions big things for the space: “I’m looking at doing office space, if possible, with the potential of individual apartments,” he said. “I’m coming in with an open heart. I can’t wait – it’s going to be a beautiful site.”
- The vice chair of the Design Advocacy Group, David Brownlee, shared his thoughts on Robert A.M. Stern’s design for the Museum of the American Revolution, taking particular issue with its lack of any strong gestures and the bland facades caused by Stern’s affinity of neo-traditionalism (which he seems get wrong, opting for early 19th century England instead of the Quaker City of the mid-18th).
- Next American City looks at a recent study that suggests that a well-kept vacant lot can help bind broken communities together by assuring a greater sense of safety and actually lower gun related crime. The article notes that the findings—gleaned from the streets of Philadelphia—may not be indicative of deindustrialzed American cities as a whole.
- Eyes on the Street showcases the newly unveiled Shoemaker Green on Penn’s campus, which replaces the tennis courts that have since moved east to Penn Park.
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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