- The Juvenile Justice Services Center at 48th & Haverford was unveiled yesterday, finally replacing the overcrowded Youth Study Center on the Parkway. While Mayor Nutter touted the $110 million building as high tech and comfortable for the juveniles who will spend time there while they await trial, protestors held up signs reading, “Schools not jails.”
- Philadelphia Real Estate Blog suspects that contractors have begun preliminary work on the refurbishment of the Provident Mutual Insurance Company building, to be reused as the Police headquarters and city morgue. They’re hopeful, for “it would be the keystone in the revitalization of this section of West Philadelphia and Walnut Hill, which has seen a revamped 46th Street El station, the repaving of Market Street from 63rd to 45th streets, and the construction of the Center for Culinary Enterprises.”
- City Paper visits Vietnamese immigrant Thin Tham’s Giant Aquarium fish store at 7th & Tasker. “The shop is a bridge between the hardcore fish enthusiasm that’s widespread in Asia and hobbyists from throughout the region, and exemplifies the transformation of this corner of South Philly from heavily white to polyglot diversity.”
- University City Review covers last week’s community planning meeting held by the Spruce Hill Community Association, aimed at drafting the first neighborhood plan for Spruce Hill in seventeen years. The civic has hired planner Jennifer Hurley to lead the project and relay resident’s vision to the Planning Commission.
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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