- Inga Saffron considers an increasingly inescapable planning question in Philadelphia—what to do with the low-line City Branch? “It’s not every day that Philadelphians get to choose between two equally seductive visions for public improvements,” Saffron admits. “One option plays to our growing fascination with our industrial past, while the other taps into our renewed interest in expanding the city’s transit network.” For the very latest on the planning of the City Branch park, click to our story HERE.
- Frankford’s Northwood Park has seen better days, says the Frankford Gazette. The City has apparently forsaken the public space in recent years, allowing for intrusive underbrush to block residents’ views and advertize the area for drug use.
- In the Metropolitan Opera House, “just one of many once-grand buildings on North Broad Street awaiting a new life,” says NewsWorks (and it will), James Johnson does his small part in buying some more time for the landmark by clearing debris from the interior one tarp at a time.
- Tacony’s Torresdale Avenue is encouraging its revitalization with a new marketing ploy: the Hoagie Trail. While showcasing your neighborhood’s take on Italian sandwiches may not be much, it’s a starting point, with many of the avenue’s facades to be upgraded next year.
- The Roxborough Review says that the Water Department is determining what went wrong in its Storm Flood Relief Project in Upper Roxborough, as a grassy swale failed to drain from Hurricane Sandy earlier this month after a projected three days.
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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