- Councilman Wilson Goode, Jr. would like to see the 10-year tax abatement for new construction in the city shortened to five years, as he dismisses the decade-long stretch as merely benefitting “the few, the new and the well-to-do, not the city of Philadelphia as a whole.” While Goode claims that his legislation is but one part of a larger tax overhaul, many suspect that his bill will not be touched.
- Eyes on the Street updates its readers on the renovations and nomadic stalls over at Reading Terminal Market, which just completed the revamping of its eastern end.
- Flying Kite looks at University City’s Locust Moon Comics, which reopened its doors at a new location at 40th & Ludlow Streets, combing two storefronts in order to create a versatile arts space. “We want this store to be the nexus of making books and reading books, meeting somewhere at the crossroads of retail and creativity. And we want everyone to feel welcome here — professionals who are making a living as artists and writers, beginners drawing stick-figures and people who know absolutely nothing about comics.”
- The Philadelphia Historical Commission has added “numerous documents relating to the 15 historic districts on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places including nominations, inventories, maps, and owner’s manuals.”
- The Inquirer stops by Girard College’s Founder’s Hall to talk to the school’s head of historic resources, Elizabeth Laurent, who attends to over 100,000 documents written to and by the French-American shipping giant Stephen Girard.
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.