- The Inquirer reports that the Northern Liberties’ cobblestoned Canal Street—ideally located between the Piazza at Schmidt’s and SugarHouse Casino—may become revitalized thanks to the efforts of developer Michael Samschick and his Core Realty. Samschick plans to create an entertainment hub by using the few large buildings on Canal already in Core’s possession, bringing in restaurants and shops.
- The new Horticulture Center complex at the University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum, in the Northwest corner of the city, has won top honors, earning the American Architecture Award for its impressive LEED-certified design (by San Antonio’s Overland Partners). In addition, the building will get some more cred as images and plans are to be exhibited at the coming “The City and the World” symposium in Istanbul.
- In keeping with its Pedestrian Plaza Program, the city will begin work next month on a public space on the vacant triangular lot formed by the intersection of 42nd & Woodland Avenue.
- University City Review offers up a brief recap of the ins-and-outs of the appeal (and counter appeal) concerning the fate of the historic mansion at 400 South 40th Street that Penn deems a financial hardship.
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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