- Flying Kite looks at the Planning Commission’s proposal for a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in the submerged City Branch right-of-way, hinting that SEPTA, which already owns the land, is more inclined toward this possibility than it is for allowing it to become part of a Reading Viaduct park. What’s more, the plan is cheap at $75 million.
- The Board of City Trusts, which oversees the Girard Estate, and thereby Girard College, is considering how best to ensure the financial security of the historic boarding school, all the while upgrading a fair amount of its aged facilities.
- With City Council to consider amending the zoning code (already) for the sake of increased residential parking, Eyes on the Street takes the time to suggest five very convincing reasons why setting minimum lot requirements is foolhardy.
- Curbed Philly reports that the 34-story 2116 Chestnut Street was topped off yesterday. The apartment building, which is expected to offer 321 rental units when it opens next summer, was the site of Louis Magaziner’s modernist Sidney Hillman Medical Center.
- Attendance is has tripled at the newly renovated Rodin Museum on the Parkway, says to NewsWorks, thanks in part to increased interest after the acclaimed opening of the Barnes Foundation just next door.
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.