- Inga Saffron finds herself dismayed at City Council’s inability to respect its own dictates, as it considers Temple University’s plan to build a new boathouse on the Schuylkill without providing a compensatory parcel of land for the public. What’s more, any prolonged and collaborative public discussion concerning the people’s uses and preferences for the riverfront has been lacking.
- Chestnut Hill Local reviews the contributions of James Morrisey and his Morrissey Design LLC on the changing cityscape of the Hill. Writer Paula M. Riley has high hopes for the firm’s take on the Fareway, a gathering space, currently in the design stage, between the Chestnut Hill Hotel and Market. James Morrissey’s “designs update and unify the hotel, the post office and carriage house through façade improvements and decorative features, such as the curved railing design of its second-floor balcony.”
- The long awaited archaeological dig meant to elucidate the complete extent of a mid-18th century “potters field” for African Americans in Germantown will not begin before March at the earliest. The PHA, which has already made several design concessions in order to honor the dead, has spent an estimated $200,000 to $500,000 in the historic review process, and has continuously threatened to scrap or significantly downsize the project.
- Work has begun on the Mural Arts Program’s latest piece at the Philadelphia Zoo, reports CBS3. The three-level Intermodal Transportation Center will be graced with packs of animals selected and arranged by project artist Eurhi Jones. The animals “move in groups along these pathways which follow the ramps,” says Jones.
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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