- A new report from the Planning Commission suggests that the West Market Corridor could prevent further population erosion with four transit-oriented development projects that could generate momentum for the edge-neighborhood. These include the conversion of the Provident Mutual Insurance building at 46th & Market into the next Police headquarters, the New Market project at 59th, redevelopment of a Fresh Grocer parking lot at 56th, as well as a mixed-use project just outside the city limits in Millbourne.
- Kenny Gamble’s Universal Companies will use a recent $100,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation to study the housing, economic and education issues of Point Breeze and Grays Ferry (more specifically: 33rd to Broad and Washington to Snyder). Universal president and chief executive Rahim Islam “said that the goal is to try to tackle short-term goals—like adding recreation and health centers—and long-term ones—like improving early-childhood education and establishing more mixed-income communities.”
- The New York Times looks at the violence associated with union-labor in Philadelphia, at sites like Chestnut Hill’s Quaker Meetinghouse and the Goldtex building conversion on North 12th Street.
- With Martin Luther King Jr. Day just three days away, the Daily Pennsylvanian attempts to establish the “Penn-King connection.” The social activist supposedly took three courses in West Philadelphia from 1949 to 1951—all concerned with philosophy—and then returned in 1965 to give a speech reflecting on the impact of American Law on the impoverished.
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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