- NewsWorks has a lengthy piece on the widespread anxiety in the Northwest that the recently announced School District plan to shutter 37 schools would merge Germantown gangs under the same roof of Martin Luther King High. The district has repeatedly downplayed such fears, citing plummeting numbers of violent incidents since the heyday of gang rivalry in the 1970s. “I am not saying that conflicts don’t exist,” said Chief Inspector Cynthia Dorsey, the head of the District’s office of school safety. “It doesn’t mean that we have to accept them.”
- Toole Design Group has been selected by the City to develop Philly Bike Share’s business model. Already the lead consultants for the city’s recent Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan, Toole will explore ways to ensure that the program is sustainable. “The city has pledged $3 million to get the bike-share program rolling,” reports Eyes on the Street, “and the city estimates that it will need to secure around $6 million more in funding for the first two years.”
- Naked Philly reports that Brandywine Realty Trust may simply be too tied up in the development of Cira South in University City to concern itself with getting anything built on the vacant lot at 20th & Market.“Most recent plans depicted a mixed-use 25-story 293 residential unit tower, with additional related uses, and a parking garage with 286 spaces and a driveway on Market Street.”
- Last night, Manayunk residents and Main Street bar owners meet with City and state officials to discuss how best to collaborate in curtailing the drunken nuisances of twentysomethings converging on the riverside neighborhood each weekend. Increasing the police presence might just be out of the question, as bar owners already say taxes and assessments are steep enough.
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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