- Mayor Nutter sees the proliferation of towering cranes in the city as a sign of renewed confidence in investing here in Philly. About 30 major construction jobs are tied to some $2.2 billion in mostly unassisted private investment. Developer Jim Pearlstein agrees. “Philadelphia is now an upper-tier city for investment,” he says. “The difference between Philadelphia now and eight years ago is night and day.”
- The Kensington Soup Society, which served the “disserving poor” from 1870 to 2008, has been included on the historic registry, thanks to the bottom-up approach of local community activists and the New Kensington CDC. “The building’s inclusion on the Register,” said Ben Leech of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, “will ensure that redevelopment will be sensitive to the historic character of the building’s exterior features, and will not regulate use or interior alterations.”
- Naked Philly provides some photos of the newly reopened Dickinson Square Park in Pennsport. “New benches, game tables, lighting, fencing, trash cans, bike racks, dog waste stations, plantings, and paving are some of the additions that have come about thanks to this project,” which cost about $1.2 million, fronted by several public entities.
- The Frankford Gazette says that work has begun on the Frankford history murals of Cesar Viveros, with the community volunteering their time during this past Saturday’s first paint day.
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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