- Barriers are coming down at the Philadelphia Zoo, says NewsWorks, as zookeepers unveiled yesterday a new trail for orangutans, part of a multi-phase plan to create an interconnected campus that grants a bit more room for the animals—and perhaps some natural drama for patrons. “There might be a day when guests are asked to stop because the giraffes are crossing the path,” said Kim Lengel, vice president for animal programs.
- The Pennsylvania Convention Center advisory board has voted to engage in a fact-finding mission that would entertain the possibility of a switch towards privatized management.
- The Queen Lane Apartment Complex in Germantown still stands, as the Housing Authority weights for archeologists to determine the full extent of the 18th century Potter’s Field beneath the site, holding the remains of “strangers, Negroes and Mulattoes.” Demolition of the 57-year old building (to replace it) had been scheduled for Tuesday, but is now to be determined.
- The Umbrella Factory, at 5th & Master Streets in Olde Kensington, has sat abandoned for the past two decades, yet with some $25 million in investment, the building is set to become 142 residential units, says Philly Shark. Various neighborhood groups however, are concerned about the specter of gentrification.
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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