Upscaling The Italian Market

 

Property owners in the Italian Market will vote on a measure to create a business improvement district for the area, primarily to ensure consistent street cleaning. | Photo (from September, 2014): Flickr user, Josepha via Philly mag

Property owners in the Italian Market will vote on a measure to create a business improvement district for the area, primarily to ensure consistent street cleaning. | Photo (from September, 2014): Flickr user, Josepha via Philly mag

  • Philadelphia magazine’s Jared Brey considers Councilman Mark Squilla’s resolution, introduced earlier this month, that would allow a vote of effected property owners in a proposed business improvement district (BID) for the Italian Market commercial corridor centered on South 9th Street. “We’re hoping that the look will continue to be Old World, but just upscale,” explains Michelle Gambino, business manager of the South 9th Street Business Association. Primarily, that entails cleaning, yet the working operating budget of $300,000 would also go to security, lighting, marketing, and wayfinding.
  • PMC Property Group has decided to pay up to get out of its commitment for 25 affordable apartment units within its virtually complete One Water Street development, reports Inga Saffron. The payment of $3.75 million will be directed into Philadelphia’s Housing Trust Fund, to be used towards affordable housing at another location.
  • On Percy Street, by Passyunk Square’s Cheesesteak Corner, muralist David Guinn and lighting designer Drew Billiau have teamed up with the Mural Arts Program for phase one of their larger vision for Percy Street, says the Passyunk Post. At night, Billiau’s neon-work reinforces the outlines and color of Guinn’s painting.
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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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