Previewing The City’s Updated Sustainability Plan


The Office of Sustainability will roll out its updated Greenworks plan this fall.

The Office of Sustainability will roll out its updated Greenworks plan this fall.

  • Jon Geeting at PlanPhilly reviews the City’s updated Greenworks sustainability plan to launch this fall. First introduced in 2009, the Nutter Administration’s initiative might have been a bit too ambitious, with the six-year plan failing to meet four of its fifteen target metrics (while surpassing others). After internal reviews and a survey of citizens, it was determined that moving forward, Greenworks should simplify and consolidate its target areas, while limiting their benchmarks’ timeframe to a year so as to allow greater flexibility. Community engagement efforts will also be redoubled, with greater focus on explaining how sustainability is relevant to the average city resident, and advertising what incentives and resources are available to them.
  • A tour last Friday of the Frankford Avenue business corridor from Pennypack Park to Academy Road revealed a disconcerting degree of vacancies to Com­merce Dir­ect­or Harold T. Epps, who has toured 21 other commercial districts since taking office in January. The Northeast Times considers the challenges ahead for this beleaguered border of Upper Holmesburg and East Torresdale.
  • Jacob Adelman at reports that an affiliate of the Goldenberg Group has purchased the World Communications Charter School building at 512 South Broad Street for $10 million as a long-term investment. The charter operator will remain in the 46,400-square-foot as a tenant “for several years.”
  • The Central Branch of the Free Library welcomes its new neighbor next week with an exhibition of its rare books concerning the beginnings of the Church of Latter Day Saints, notes the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Kenneth Hilario. Among other writings, An American-born Faith: Writings from the First Century of Mormonism, includes early versions of the Book of Mormon, and travelogues describing the settlements of the controversial faith’s adherents out west. The exhibit runs from August 15 through February 6.
  • The Greensgrow West community garden center will reopen tomorrow at its roomier space at 5123 Baltimore Avenue, says the University City Review. Guided through the red tape by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, and assisted in the design work by Drexel University’s landscape and architecture students, this Greensgrow location will serve less as an active farm, and more a place to distribute produce while teaching others how to do it on their own, explains project leader Ryan Kuck.
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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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