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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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Student Housing Developers Threaten Iconic West Philly Block

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May 1, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A look at the “tear it down, replace it” development mentality, Henon’s billboard victory reduced to defeat, and running down the architectural history of the (South) Broad Street Run > more

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May 1, 2015  |  Vantage

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April 30, 2015  |  Morning Blend

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April 29, 2015  |  Vantage

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April 28, 2015  |  Buzz

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