- Real estate developer Eric Blumenfeld has reacquired the Divine Lorraine, repors the Inquirer. He plans 126 rental apartments and retail on the ground floor. Hidden City had originally reported on Blumenfeld’s renewed interest in the icon of North Philly. You can read that coverage HERE.
- Chestnut Hill has been listed among the ranks of the Great Neighborhoods of 2012by the American Planning Association. The designation denotes a urban neighborhood well versed in the benefits of proactive city planning; the Northwest section was singled out for its successful focus on preserved architecture and inspired landscaping. “Chestnut Hill’s eclectic charm,” muses CEP Paul Farmer, “comes from its uncommon assemblage of architectural styles and extensive use of indigenous building materials and native plants that blend seamlessly with the rocks, streams and forests of Wissahickon Valley.”
- It wasn’t long ago that the storefront of the web design firm YIKES in Fishtown was a vacant tavern. Yet on September 21, it became “the first LEED Platinum mixed-use rehab project in Pennsylvania,”reports Grid. Besides a fair amount of insulation, the designers over at Greensaw utilized salvaged materials for the project.
- Riding to work recently on 10th Street, The Philly Post’s Brian Howard was surprised to see the return of a modified bike lane despite Chinatown opposition that he thought had killed it. Howard regards the return of a stripped down version of the old lane as an effective compromise between vested interests, yet feels strongly that “what Philly ultimately needs is more, not fewer and fractured, downtown bike lanes.”
- The Inquirer’s Karen Heller talks to Nicole Marquis, the owner of the newly opened HipCityVeg, located right off of Rittenhouse Square. Marquis hopes that this very expensive slice of downtown Philadelphia, with its increasingly younger denizens, may be transformative.”When you have a shift in the foodscape that suggests a change in other areas,” she says. “When people change their idea of what’s good for them in food, they expand their horizons in other ways.”
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.