Archbishop To Sell Overbrook Mansion

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  • Preempting the fallout of the Archdiocese’s rumored plans to close a “staggering number” of schools, Archbishop Charles Chaput will sell the 13,000 square foot bishop’s mansion at 5700 City Ave, among St. Joseph University campus buildings. “One of the largest private homes in Philadelphia,” the Inquirer says, the residence will switch hands for the first time since 1935.
  • Prior to yesterday’s Mummers parade, Newsworks reported on the shrinking resources available to the annual event. The MummersFest celebration, which usually runs a deficit of $19,000, did not occur this year. Fancy brigades had to scale back and innovate. “Everything got cut this year. We’re bare bones.”
  • The Atlantic Cities analyzes the economic impact for a city hosting the NHL’s Winter Classic. Today’s game at Citizen’s Bank Park will attract some 44,000 to South Philadelphia, which, going on Pittsburgh and Boston’s takings from the last two years, could mean $22 million to $36 million in tourism revenues.
  • John Chin’s Op-Ed in the Inquirer wonders when Callowhill residents will realize that “they’ve shot themselves in the foot” by narrowly defeating plans for a neighborhood improvement district. “The question,” he shares, “is what happens to a neighborhood that should be Center City’s next success story but is falling short of its potential.”
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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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