Faith For Hunting Park

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  • Hunting Park “is undergoing a dramatic transformation,” reports Flying Kite. Recognizing that its namesake public space as a “unique asset,” Hunting Park itself is undergoing an extensive $21 million revitalization effort thanks to local sports stars and other contributors. The article also cites the Spirit and Truth Fellowship Church as a major reason for change: “Faith and social change go hand in hand.”
  • Eyes On The Street surveys the ongoing West Park district planning as part of the comprehensive 2035 city plan, talking with project manager Andrew Meloney and Lucinda Hudson, president of the Parkside Association who lauded the planning commission efforts to hear residents’ concerns: “I’m very territorial—I don’t just let things happen to this community, I’m a part of things happening.”
  • Mayor Nutter promises to veto City Council’s December 1 vote to allow a building at 7th & Willow streets (in view of the Vine Street Expressway) to wrap itself in an advertisement banner. A more comprehensive building wrapping policy is needed for the city, says the mayor—and one that doesn’t jeopardize state and federal funds.
  • Kensington’s Isaac Sheppard Elementary School “is like the bodyguard of the community,” yet it has been included in the district’s list of nine schools to be closed. Now the mostly Latino families of the 292 students are preparing to mount a fight to save Sheppard, a 114 year-old building that “harkens back to a style of education that is quickly fading away,” says its principal.
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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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