El Parque y la Biblioteca

• While it may be more of a “plan for a plan,” Newsworks explores the possibilities of a park by Lovett Library, on Germantown Ave & Sedgwick Street. The Community Design Collaborative is engaging the neighborhood, and addressing some concerns that new Lovett Park would bring.

• Temple’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods looks at the Lillian Marrero branch of the Free Library, which is offering free English courses aimed at Latino residents of the community of El Centro de Oro.

• The Inquirer is talking about growth in West Philly, , as “The State of University City 2011” will be released this evening. Anchored by Penn and Drexel, the district’s “eds and meds” have strengthened the market and grown the population.

• Delving in what is fast becoming a discussion point within the city, PlanPhilly has teamed up with The Inquirer to produce some maps concerning the extent of delinquent properties, neighborhood by neighborhood.

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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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