City Readies Holmesburg For Convention Protestors


"Holmesburg Prison could be put back into service to house convention protesters."

“Holmesburg Prison could be put back into service to house convention protesters.” | Photo: Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The Inquirer’s Julia Terruso reports on the temporary reactivation of the shuttered Holmesburg Prison, now being prepped if needed in the event of what prison system spokeswoman Shawn Hawes calls “a mass-arrest kind of processing situation” during the Democratic National Convention. The ACLU is obviously concerned about the City’s methodology in this—the reuse of a facility with such an accomplished record of human rights violations—but Hawes is quick to emphasize that the holding space, if even necessary, would be limited to the newly renovated and air-conditioned gymnasium, which has 100 beds and showers available.
  • Graffiti aficionado Conrad Benner takes us inside Brewerytown’s Pyramid Electric Building at 31st & Oxford Streets, a 6-story, 94-year-old abandoned building recently purchased by MMPartners, which has gone on record as aiming to “revitalize and effectuate positive change within Philadelphia’s historic Brewerytown neighborhood.”
  • The Delaware River Port Authority board decides today on final approval for the placement of a September 11 memorial on a triangular parcel at Sixth & Race Streets just north of the Constitution Center, reports CBS Philly. “There will be a piece of steel from the World Trade Center, a limestone granite block from the Pentagon, and loose soil and a rock from Shanksville, Pennsylvania,” explained DRPA CEO John Hanson.
  • West Philly Local previews this year’s Trolley Tunnel Blitz—from July 8 through July 18—during which more than 400 of SEPTA crewmen will work around the clock to replace track, test backup generators, repair signals and wire, improve station lighting, and clean.
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