Rigging The Future

  • The City Paper turns the flashlight on the Wister Townhouse Apartments, a section 8 housing project, whose management has been known to ignore the maintenance complaints of its residents, while disrespecting their privacy. Issues of political donations, the efficacy of Housing and Urban Development, and governmental responsibility are all in play.
  • In a telling effort to curb rowdiness within his district, Councilman Darrell Clark has proposed a bill that would ban all new student housing around Temple’s campus, between North 19th & 9th streets and Lehigh & Girard. Developer Peter Crawford would prefer to combat the “growing pains” of the area with a little more finesse.
  • Councilmen Frank DiCicco and Jim Kenney’s redistricting plan has been approved by the City Council. This version defeated the proposals made by a leadership committee meant to reduce gerrymandering. DiCicco’s issue with the rival plan was, well, gerrymandering.
  • PlanPhilly reports that in conjunction with the revitalization of Dilworth Plaza, elevators will be installed at SEPTA’s 15th Street Market-Frankford line station.



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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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