Checking Up On The PHA’s Property Auction

Eyes On The Street

  • Eyes on the Street looks at the uneven process (and assuredly, results) of the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s December auctioning of many of its un-developing lots. Some purchasers, in fact, lacked the follow through, with the PHA having to resort to rewarding the right to purchase to the third or fifth bidder. “When you’re selling this many properties, it’s not unusual for people to get cold feet,” said Robert Dann.
  • Philly Bricks tells of the notion of a Philadelphia beach, looking at the disappointments to be seen in the half attempts of the Delaware. While the planned central stretch of the river may look great in each and every rendering put forth, “once the excitement of what could be wears off, we’re left with the realization that we’re aiming too high.”
  • The city agrees to be somewhat flexible in its approach with the cleanup of McPherson Square—known to local residents at “Needle Park”—by scrapping the easy solution of more trees in the park. More monitoring and sponsoring events will rather allay the community’s fears.
  • NEast Philly reports on beautification efforts to begin in Holme Circle, plans for which are realistically modest in improving the signage, yet concerned especially for graffiti. “We’re not trying to encourage mischief here, but anticipate it,” shares Holme Circle Civic Association member Mike Gould.
About the author

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.

Send a message!



Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

Recent Posts
Docomomo PHL To Host

Docomomo PHL To Host “Wake” For Modernist Store

June 18, 2018  |  News

Modernist architecture advocacy group will hold a demonstration to protest Philadelphia's historic preservation crisis. Michael Bixler has the details > more

The Rise, Fall, & Revival Of North Broad's Opera Palace

The Rise, Fall, & Revival Of North Broad’s Opera Palace

June 14, 2018  |  Vantage

Rob McClung takes us on a journey through the turbulent history and present reawakening of the mighty Metropolitan Opera House at Broad and Poplar > more

A Brief History Of Race & Contested Space In West Philly

A Brief History Of Race & Contested Space In West Philly

June 11, 2018  |  Vantage

Mariam Williams dives deep into the social evolution of Malcolm X Park to unearth the history of race and economics within a neighborhood space > more

Italian Market Project Puts Fresh Eyes On A Philly Staple

Italian Market Project Puts Fresh Eyes On A Philly Staple

June 8, 2018  |  Vantage

The Italian Market Project mixes a walking tour with Philly-accented theater in a fun, immersive experience. Mickey Herr has the details > more

Taking History To The Streets With Preservation Activism

Taking History To The Streets With Preservation Activism

June 6, 2018  |  Soapbox

Ali Roseberry-Polier discusses civil rights history, selective public memory, and why she created an historical marker for a Black female activist who challenged segregation in 19th century Philadelphia > more

A Buzzy New Beginning For Poth Brewing Company

A Buzzy New Beginning For Poth Brewing Company

June 4, 2018  |  Last Light

Before renovations begin, Michael Bixler takes us inside the remains of Poth Brewing Company with this photo essay > more