- The largest primary-care facility of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia system, the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pediatric Care Center beside the El at 48th & Market, will officially open today, says the Inquirer. “Besides the convenience of in-house X-ray and lab facilities, the Karabots Center incorporates behavioral-health services, counseling on domestic violence, some dental care, literacy programs, family planning for teenagers, and Early Head Start for parents and young children.”
- JoAnn Greco of Plan Philly was at Monday night’s Penn Praxis and Parks & Rec presentation of “More Park, Less Way,” the plan for a rejuvenated and more actively utilized civic space for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. As we reported yesterday, the heart of the plan is to activate key underutilized spaces, particularly Eakins Oval.
- Toll Brothers, the suburban luxury residential developer, often criticized for being, well, suburban, justifies its business model to the Philadelphia Real Estate Blog. Vice President of the city living division Brian Emmons stressed that his company pragmatically acts in accordance to the realities of a given market, and consequently, doesn’t delve into many high-rise projects because Philly is not New York; and it doesn’t attempt mixed-use buildings because they think their upscale clientele aren’t interested in urban amenities. For Nathaniel Popkin’s provocation on this issue, which published in September, click HERE.
- According to the Daily Pennsylvanian, Ronald Perelman is giving the University of Pennsylvania his largest gift yet, $25 million in order to realize a new political science and economics center within the West Philadelphia Trust Building at 36th & Walnut.
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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