- NewsWorks explores the widespread disaffection following yesterday’s announcement that the School District would close one sixth of its buildings—a move that would affect some 17,000 students. Many parents bemoan the lack of discourse with District, but it hardly seems like Superintendent William Hite sees it as much of a choice.
- Inga Saffron worries that the precarious stay of execution of the Church of the Assumption may be a harbinger of further preservation results in the city. “If a certified historic landmark like the Church of the Assumption can’t be saved, can any survive?”
- The old Berger Brothers tinnery factory will soon bring 65 apartment units to the rental market when it is converted into 229 Arch Street: A Boutique Experience. “Pretty soon,” says Naked Philly, “there won’t be any such buildings left to convert in this part of town, but we’re not there quite yet.”
- Philly History Blog stops by the Green Line Café at 43rd & Baltimore, a pathfinding café in Spruce Hill that has transformed the neighborhood enough to warrant some added competition. “We [opened the café] out of wanting to create something in the neighborhood that we wanted for ourselves,” says owner Douglas Witmer.
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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