- All six casino proposals will have 45 minutes today to make their sales pitch to the state Gaming Control Board at the Convention Center. These are: Steve Wynn’s “Wynn Philadelphia,” not far from the city’s first game room, SugarHouse; the much discussed “Provence” from Bart Blatstein at Broad and Callowhill; Ken Goldenberg’s “Market8” complex at 8th & Market; and three separate visions near the South Philadelphia Sports Complex.
- When Mayor Nutter cut the ribbon for CHOP’s Nicholas and Athena Karabots Primary Care Center last week, he commented that the colorful building would prove to be the “tipping point” for West Philadelphia’s renaissance. “This investment combined with the other investments that we’re looking at on Market Street, including the relocation and rehabilitation of the Insurance building to become the new police headquarters, the investment of millions of dollars for the new West Philadelphia High School and other investments to come, West Philadelphia is coming back.”
- The Inquirer’s Joseph DiStefano talks Dilworth Plaza renovations, which are now about mid-way complete. Long hidden from the public’s gaze, the transformation of the civic space will begin to emerge from the underground in the second half of this year. “But the work passed a milestone last weekend,” says DiStefano, “when SEPTA closed the 15th Street station on the Market-Frankford, blocking through service for 52 hours, to replace the steel beams that will hold the new concourse above the tracks.”
- NewsWorks reports from this past Saturday’s “Manayunk On Ice,” the third annual winter festival that brought ice sculptors and bonfires to Main Street.
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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