- NewsWorks says that archaeological work will commence next month in Germantown to determine the full extent of the 18th century potter’s field at the plot of land owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority on Queen Lane. While current plans for a replacement to the late-1940s apartment tower would avoid construction on what the historical maps designate the African American burial ground, many suspect the actual plot to be a bit more extensive (and distrust the PHA for its haste to get on with the development).
- The Schuylkill River Parks Connector pedestrian bridge opened this past Saturday, reports the Inquirer. The project, with a $5.6 million price tag picked up by the federal government, not only had to bridge rail tracks, but the varied interests of quite a few parties.
- Illuminated, restored, and innovative are some choice descriptions that writer Beth Kephart uses for a resurgent Philadelphia, whose “European glow” grants her “the exhilaration that surges when I travel in Florence, Seville, London, Prague, the newly consecrated corners of Berlin. I’ll feel electric and included, part of a big thing getting bigger, younger than I inevitably am.”
- The Streets Department is welcoming community feedback concerning designs for a replacement of the West Willow Grove Avenue bridge in Chestnut Hill.
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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