- City Council President Darrell Clarke is angering a fair amount of the planning community with his introduction of a bill that would modify the new zoning code—only in effect for two months—by increasing the minimum requirements for parking. The zoning bait-and-switch “does not bode well,” says PennPraxis’ Harry Steinberg.
- Next American City reports that “Philadelphia this year re-imagined community space to serve a civic function on election day,” offering a slideshow of some of the more colorful alternatives for vote casting around the city.
- Philly History Blog chronicles the short-lived Pennsylvania Hall at 6th & Race, which was burned to the ground by anti-abolitionists in 1838, only 3 days after it opened. For Ken Finkel, the building’s legacy is one that justly complicates the Philly brand of shrines to American liberty; the failures are important as well.
- Last week, the Zoning Board lent unanimous support for the University of the Sciences’ proposed expansion of the Science and Technology Center. “The 55,000-square-foot building will house the Physician Assistant program and feature a green roof.”
- The Friends of the Wissahickon have rescheduled a planting day at Cresheim Creek for this Sunday, from 10AM to 1PM.
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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