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.
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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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