- According to NEast Philly, the Holme Circle Civic Association “is satisfied to learn that the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency” has denied the funding request from Columbus Property Management—effectively ending that firm’s plans for “The Stella,” an affordable housing community for veterans within “the old convent on Nazareth Hospital’s property.”
- Recently, the six-point intersection at North Broad and Fairmount, with its grand Divine Lorraine, has proven an alluring focus through which to dream of a truly revitalized North Philadelphia. Placing this great urban node within its proper context, the Philly History Blog stresses that the intersection “lets you know where you’ve been and where you’re headed.” Once again this “gritty gateway” from another age will be re-imagined by the ascendant metropolis; the gentrifiers will become the next Victorian nouveaux-riches, in other words.
- Grid reports that the Fairmount Park Conservancy is beginning phase two of its efforts to revitalize North Philadelphia’s 87-acre Hunting Park (and perhaps thereby its neighborhood as a whole), with plans to renovate the concession stand and “open it as a healthy food stand run by local entrepreneurs employing local youths,” says Meg Holscher, the development director of the Conservancy.
- In association with production company Sky-Skan, the Franklin Institute has created its first astronomical feature since 2001. The 28-minute video, “To Space and Back,” which explores the technological science behind the science of the universe, is being picked up by several similar immersive planetariums across the globe.
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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