- Inga Saffron offers a rigorous defense of the Peter Gluck and Partners-designed apartment tower at 2nd & Race Streets, which the Old City Civic Association opposes due to its perception the building is too large for the site. Saffron makes a strong case for the buildings, its well-thought-out urbanism, and its progressive design. The project goes before the Planning Commission Tuesday.
- In a move to ensure the integrity of the logistical “Councilmanic prerogative,” City Council unanimously decided in its first returning session yesterday to override Mayor Nutter’s veto of a bill allowing balconies on Finnegan’s Wake. Councilman Mark Squilla maintains that the action is procedural and that construction of the controversial addition would begin only after an agreement is inked out between the establishment and the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association.
- To the delight of his neighbors, Point Breeze developer Ori Feibush spent $20,000 to clean up a trash-strewn lot adjoining his coffee house at 20th & Annin Streets. The city is not too pleased, considering it owns the land, and has asked for Feibush to return the lot to its prior state.
- Fishtown’s Palmer Cemetery has been recognized as a landmark by the Philadelphia Historical Commission.
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.