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Levering School, to close June 2012

  • The Inquirer surveys yesterday’s recommendation from the School Reform Commission to close nine city public schools and implement grade changes in seventeen others; five of the nine would close at the end of this school year. The fallout, of course, will be intense, yet few options seem applicable, with the district having lost some 25% of students in the past decade.
  • Newsworks reports that Ogontz residents are set to fight plans for Resources for Human Development (RHD)—a local non-profit social services organization—to transform blighted apartment at 5701 Kemble Ave into facilities for the transgendered homeless and for the mentally disabled elderly. “A Concerned Community Association” takes issue with what it perceives as RHD’s zoning violations, claiming that the shelters are meant to provide drug treatment service as well.
  • In recent months, Mantua’s People’s Emergency Center in an adapted former church building at 39th & Lancaster Ave has been bursting with creative discussions.  “Make Your Mark,” an extensive community-minded development process, is being largely funded by Wells Fargo, and takes full advantage of Interface Studio’s unique and interactive planning methods.
  • Tyler Weaver, head of Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania’s green EcoCHOP program, contends “the healthcare industry is among the most wasteful on earth.” Grid  highlights some of the means that this CHOP initiative is undertaking to change that, including the construction a LEED certified laboratory, the Colket Translational Research Building at 3501 Civic Center Boulevard.


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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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