- Apparently, the federal government has destroyed a Philadelphia mural, 2001’s A Tribute to Dox Thrash on the 2400 block of Cecil B. Moore. Mural Arts Program officials were informed Monday that at some point this past weekend, a contractor hired by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had painted the wall black. Additional funding will be required for any restoration.
- City Council President Darrell Clarke’s bill that would have increasing parking minimum requirements for new construction across the city has been scaled back, says Plan Philly. While planners can take relief that only North Central Philadelphia will be affected, it nevertheless “functionally adds a new overlay district to the code” just implemented three months ago.
- Temple News notes that the University will begin next year a complete assessment of its under-utilized properties, which will in part guide a process of leasing the spaces to commercial tenants.
- Flying Kite reports that the Ingerman Group will reuse the rectory of Frankford’s Northeast High School (shuttered in 2010), converting it into affordable senior housing by the autumn of 2014.
- The Friends of the Wissahickon will hold a public meeting on December 6 at New Covenant Campus’ Founders Hall, providing an update on the Sustainable Trails Initiative and the and Wissahickon Valley’s signage overhaul.
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.