- Naked Philly reports that plans on in the works for a Philadelphia Wax Museum on Delaware Avenue, near the prospective site of the never-realized Foxwoods Casino. While praising the idea of a museum dedicated to instilling civic pride for the most accomplished of the city’s sons and daughters, the blog urges restraint. “Unless there’s some extremely wealthy wax-loving Philadelphia-phile benefactor out there somewhere, we can’t fathom how this non profit will be able to raise the necessary dollars to do anything close to what they want to do.”
- Several actors and scholars will be at Eastern State Penitentiary this Martin Luther King weekend, performing and discussing the Civil Rights leader’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”—written fifty years ago this April. Although “King had … no known personal connection to the site,” says NewsWorks, the open letter “shows he thought deeply about incarceration as a moral imperative.”
- With yesterday’s hiring of the University of Oregon’s Chip Kelly as the next head coach of the Eagles, Curbed Philly offers some house hunting suggestions that would provide privacy and some feel of his old digs in the Northwest US—by relocating to this Philly’s own sylvan Northwest.
- We here at the Daily are still tinkering with the latest addition to the Plan Philly site, “License to Inspect”—an interactive map for the City’s Licenses and Inspections Department data. “The app lets users select from a list of common ‘event types’: addition permits, alteration permits, sign permits, vacancy licenses, housing inspection records, and many more. These can be displayed individually or in groups, in limited or unlimited date ranges, and citywide or in particular locations.” For an introduction from Plan Philly’s Jared Brey, click 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.
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