- Philly Bike Share will indeed become a reality, says deputy mayor for transportation Rina Cutler. The city plans to implement the program in multiple phases—starting in 2013—with funding provided by federal, state, and private grants. Planners are charged with determining how best to actually charge for the service (typically $5 per half-hour) without shunning those without bankcards.
- Next American City looks at another test case in the new zoning code: the Walnut Hill Community Farm’s application for designation as an urban agriculture lot (an altogether new category). While it may seem straightforward at first place, this is Philly zoning, after all.
- The owner of the Church of the Assumption, John Wei, stresses that while he finds the building “beautiful,” the price of stabilizing its (alleged) structurally unsound towers is simply too great to justify. For a look inside the 1848 masterpiece, see Chandra Lampreich’s “Last Light,” HERE.
- With construction on a new Dilworth Plaza now a year in the making, Center City District CEO Paul Levy tells NewsWorks that the underground excavation and infrastructure work for the SEPTA station will be completed in a few months time.
- The Daily News stops by Al-Sham restaurant and Al-Amana market near Bustleton and Harbison Avenues in the Northeast, part of a growing collection of Arab businesses in that section.
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.