- Eric Blumenfeld, new owner of the Divine Lorraine, is thinking big with his plans to redevelop the North Broad monolith, proposing a complete overhaul of nine surrounding blocks. The renderings for the neighborhood are admittedly highly presumptuous, but Blumenfeld stresses that his “job is to make things up and look at them as ideas — not as hard plans.” His aspirations—understandably—have residents anxious.
- The Mayor’s Office announced yesterday the filling of the new zoning code’s promised Civic Design Review Committee, an advocating board that will review selected large-scale development projects’ impact on the public realm. “Establishing the Civic Design Review Committee demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that development projects make the most positive impact possible on Philadelphia’s treasured public spaces, both downtown and in our neighborhoods,” said the Mayor in a press release.
- ATV enthusiasts are organizing an initiative to construct a track on the condemned urban plains of the Logan Triangle. (They have previously sought lands along the Delaware River.) While City Council supports getting more of the quads off the streets by allowing a legal alternative, few will comment directly on the sought location.
- Developer Andy Thomas’ move to subdivide the lot of 368 Lyceum Avenue in Manayunk is angering neighbors, reports The Roxborough Review. Thomas plans on demolishing the 1910 home, and building three in its place.
- Reminder: Today is Philly Photo Day 2012; go out and snap some pics!
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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