Appreciating Philadelphia’s Sidewalk Ecosystem

 

Photo: Kaitlin Pomerantz

Photo: Kaitlin Pomerantz via Temple News

  • Prominent Philadelphia artist James Dupree, 64, is fighting to retain his “artist’s paradise” of a studio, says NewsWorks, on the block between Haverford Avenue & Mount Vernon, and 36th & 37th, which at about 90% abandoned, has been deemed blighted by the City. The Redevelopment Authority is attempting to acquire Dupree’s property through eminent domain in order to devote the entire block to a supermarket. The city is reportedly offering $600,000 for the 8,646-square-foot building; Dupree contends that the fair market price actually hovers around $2.2 million.
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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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