- On Monday, Michael Samschick discussed his vision for Canal Street North—an entertainment and restaurant development to be centered on Canal Street in Fishtown and Northern Liberties—with the zoning committee of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association. Plan Philly shares some of the community’s concerns. They want a consolidated parking lot, proof that the sound proofing to the 3,000 seat music venue will work, and sufficient wayfaring signage for the street.
- News operations for the Saturday Evening Post will move from Indianapolis, reports that city’s Business Journal, and return to Philadelphia, where it was began in 1728 by Benjamin Franklin as the Pennsylvania Gazette. Publisher Joan SerVaas is shooting for a small office space, serving up to six employees.
- The Daily News talks to developer Ori Feibush, who contests the necessity of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) affordable housing project in Point Breeze. “‘The goal of [plan] was to allow for houses and opportunities for individuals who wouldn’t otherwise have it,’ said Feibush, adding that there are no asset-disclosure requirements. ‘You’re not creating new homeowners who otherwise couldn’t live in this home or another. You’re creating a windfall for some.’ “
- The Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS) says the School District’s plan to close 37 of its schools is simply rash, arguing instead for some reformulation of the 2008 PA funding formula. “If we closed tax loopholes. If we collected more property taxes. There’s series of things that the city and state could do to increase revenue for Philadelphia public schools, and for public schools around the state,” says Andi Perez, head of Students United for Change.
- Naked Philly offers a construction update on the Project H.O.M.E. sponsored, 55-unit affordable housing apartment complex to be known as JBJ Soul (after the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation) Homes.
- Bike Score has expanded its list of the nation’s most “bikeable” cities to 25, including Philadelphia—with an impressive score of 68/100. You can find the more exact bike score of any city address on their site’s interactive map, HERE.
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.