New Building Highlights Old Problems

Photo: Nathaniel Popkin

  • Elaine Simon, director of Penn’s Urban Studies program, and a guest blogger for The Notebook, worries that today’s quick and flashy news clips of the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new West Philadelphia High at 49th and Chestnut will fail to do justice to eight years of dedicated community activism. While student unions pledged to not bring the “same old failed program” in the move a few blocks away from its gothic predecessor, the community organized to ensure that financial changes would not jeopardize the state-of-the-art “Renaissance school” along the El tracks.
  • Across from Girard College’s Founder’s Hall, the fight to save the Romanesque monastery of the Poor Clares order is over. Plan Philly reports that the patch of 1890s Philadelphia has begun to be cleared for a residential complex. (See this coming Monday’s Last Light for Peter Woodall’s photo essay on the Poor Clares demolition.)
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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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