- Eastwick residents are ecstatic after hearing of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s decision to pull the bills that would have allowed Korman Residential to develop an apartment complex by the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge. Concerns were widely shared that the 722-unit development would only worsen flooding in an area already notorious for its stormwater drainage problems.
- The Uptown Theater’s heyday and potential for rebirth is the subject of NewsWorks’ “North Broad on the Rise” series. “A mecca of R&B, the Uptown was the last rung before bands went to the Apollo Theater” in Harlem. As the nexus of the multiethnic neighborhood, the Uptown engendered a collective harmony “bellowing up into the sky,” recalls one denizen.
- State Senator Larry Farnese has penned an open letter to the PA Gaming Control Board, in which he calls for transparency in the ensuing process to decide which of six applicants will be awarded Philly’s second casino license.
- Curbed Philly spotted a small garden at 10th & Christian Streets—sporting banana leaves and goldfish—and seeing it as proof urban stoop gardening can be more feasible than one may think.
- Naked Philly is disappointed by the design of the recently opened Bottom Dollar Food market at 31st & Girard in Brewerytown, deeming it “suburban” and “cookie cutter.”
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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