- The Atlantic Cities maps the class divides of our city, pointing out that aside from the Northwest and Center City (both mainly home to the “creative class”), most areas of the city are dominated by the “service class.” The piece includes a few useful interactive maps and a breakdown of the stats for various neighborhoods.
- The Daily Pennsylvanian discusses Satterlee Hospital, a Civil War field Hospital located in the still rural West Philadelphia, running from 42nd & Baltimore to 45th & Pine. Run by 1853 Penn Medicine grad Isaac Hayes, the innovative hospital proved to be a precursor of the modern hospital. “A great amount of effort went into keeping sufficient ventilation and avoiding diseases typically associated with Civil War hospitals. This, along with proper medical care of battlefield wounds, resulted in there being only 110 deaths from October of 1862 to 1863,” … a rate “much lower than many of its peer hospitals.”
- The Philadelphia Commission on Parks and Recreation wants Temple University to more seriously consider the renovation and reuse of its East Park Canoe House for its rowing program, while it reaches a final decision on allowing the University to build a new home in Strawberry mansion without granting more land to the Park system in its place. Temple considers the 1914 boathouse to be too small for its program.
- Philly’s long awaited Paine’s Park, a $4.5 million skatepark between the Art Museum and the banks of the Schuylkill, should be complete by early summer, reports Naked Philly. Yet with additional costs surfacing with the project, organizers have just launched another Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 by April 3.
- From 1 to 2 today, WHYY will chat with established residents and business owners of the East Passyunk and Passyunk Square neighborhoods, focusing on the many “changes in these neighborhoods over the last five to 20 years,” in addition to “current issues and why people choose to live and work around East Passyunk Avenue.”
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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