- Philadelphia Real Estate Blog looks at the history of the old Strawbridge & Clothier store at 8th & Market Streets—now the home of the Inquirer and the Daily News. “The store reached its peak of reputation and popularity under the leadership of the last family member to run it, Stockton Strawbridge. After returning to the United States after World War II, Stockton Strawbridge toured the flagship store, pronounced it dull, and set about updating and enlivening it.”
- At a planning update for the city’s 2035 Citywide Vision, Plan Philly reports that Mayor Nutter went on record for the first time that the zoning code should have some time to function before any changes are made to it, urging restraint from the City Council. Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger was also on hand, making “an eloquent defense of the planning discipline. The goal of planning, he explained, is not to see every piece of an individual plan put into place—‘Nobody can see that smartly into the future,’ he said—but to build the public will to participate in the planning process.”
- Chestnut Hill Local reports that a $50,000 reward is being offered for any information that would lead to the arrest of the union vandals whose December 20 torching of the new Chestnut Hill Friends Meetinghouse caused some $500,000 in damages.
- NewsWorks stops by South Philly’s latest convenience store: the Shop24, a 200-item vending machine taking up a mere 130 square feet of apartment parking.
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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