- Inga Saffron discusses last month’s alleged union thuggery and vandalism at the construction site of the Chestnut Hill Friends Meetinghouse. The normally frugal and civic-minded “Quakers’ decision to go nonunion may be a sign of a broader shift in attitudes,” she says. In the past, city trade unions would probably never have noticed a small, nonunion project like the Friends meetinghouse. Their focus was on maintaining a union presence at big-ticket, high-rise, and institutional projects. But as growing costs make it harder to pull off such projects, Philadelphia has become a city of smaller, low-budget buildings.”
- NewsWorks talks to the Daily’s Pete Woodall, who reflects back on the lost buildings of the previous year. To view our list, click HERE.
- City Paper staff photographer Neal Santos shares some of his favorite photos from the more than 230 assignments of 2012 “that didn’t make the proverbial ‘cut,’ but miraculously are given new life in our inaugural issue of ‘The Photos We Didn’t Run.’ ”
- Curbed Philly’s Old City development watch sees good things for the neighborhood, with a reported 35 new businesses in the last year and many promising additions looming on the horizon, including the “expansion for the Arden Theatre; the Benjamin Franklin Beer Distributor on Second Street; new apartments plus retail at the Burger Building at Second and Arch; and apartments plus retail at Third and Vine.”
- The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog promotes the “Curbside Chat” lecture series of Charles Marohn’s “Strong Towns” movement—advocating for metropolitan fiscal pragmatism, to be held at Next City’s Storefront for Urban Innovation this Monday, January 7. For additional information, 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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