- After two decades, it appears that residents of the Shawmont section of the Northwest have lost their fight to block plans for the Blair Meadow II development along Green Tree Run—said to be “one of the few first order streams left” within the city limits—and having many wonder what can be done to prevent this from setting a precedent for future development in the area. And so, in a city starving for tax dollars, and one that has done its best to brand itself as Penn’s “greene countrie towne” for the 21st century, where do we draw the lines between NIMBYism and smart growth?
- By 2014, Philadelphia International Airport’s Terminal F will have “twice as many restaurants and concessions, more passenger seating, and an expanded security checkpoint,” says NewsWorks. The $127 million project is expected to increase retail revenue by $8 million per year.
- The Inquirer shares the technical and preservation nightmare of the President’s House memorial on Independence Mall, including issues with the monitors and water seepage. “The problems are, much worse actually, than I had realized,” says Michael Coard, the leader of the Avenging the Ancestors group, which led the fight to commemorate the fact that Washington kept nine slaves at the location at 6th & Market.
- Also, the city’s first revamped zoning code in half a century will be implemented on Wednesday,‘bringing the city into the new century,’ says lawyer Tina Makoulian.
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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