Mayor Nutter Seeks De-Occupation

Photo: Steve Stofka

  • Occupy Philadelphia, now in its fifth week, is fast approaching a moment of reckoning. Mayor Nutter, who had previously been receptive to the movement, wants the occupation to end as agreed upon, allowing for Dilworth Plaza’s renovations to begin. This weekend’s report of sexual assault has further accelerated the breakdown of the relationship between the movement and the city. Our Katrina Ohstrom will have a live blog report later today.
  • Crossing the Lines offers a photo essay of Occupy Philly at Dilworth Plaza, meant to evoking a comparison with a “spontaneous urbanism.” For Steve Stofka, the tent city has its own highways, back streets, mixed use development patterns.
  • Newsworks reports on Thursday’s public meeting meant to help finalize plans for Mount Airy’s new park on the grounds of Lovett Library. Evidence that our public spaces are required these days to perform, and not just function, the park is now seen to need everything from a rain garden, a multi-purpose plaza, more movable seating, as well as a “nature play” area.
  • PlanPhilly and Philadelphia Neighborhoods feature Nigerian émigré Victoria Onwucheka’s Chic Afrique store at 3874 Lancaster Avenue. Now in its third iteration, the Mantua store, which sells herbal cosmetics and other African beauty products, brings a loyal customer base to the neighborhood, to which Onwucheka is proud to help “rejuvenate.”
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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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