Still Awaiting Decision On The Provident Mutual Building



  • Naked Philly checks up on the status of the West Philadelphia’s monolithic Provident Mutual Building at 46th & Market. While “the city is still exploring their options” (says Mandy Davis of the Philadelphia Industrial Corporation, the building’s current owner), the 1928 Colonial Revival has been touted—for three years now—by Commissioner Charles Ramsey as an ideal chance to replace the uninviting and antiquated Roundhouse as police headquarters. Some $70 million would be needed for renovations.
  • Philly Mag’s Christine Speer Lejeune suggests that a “Philadelphia New Progressive” movement may prove a harbinger of a larger national trend. Citing trending community minded groups like GHo’s South of South Neighborhood Association, Lejeune sees it only natural that the American future may start, once again, in the city of Franklin. “Civic activism runs through the heart of this city; it’s the birthright of every Philadelphian.”
  • Plan Philly interviews incoming First District Councilman Mark Squilla, who shares his vision, including beefing up Market East’s Gallery, and providing more incentives for property owners to collaborate on realizing the Central Delaware Master Plan.
  • The Inquirer discusses Mayor Nutter’s move to name Philadelphia’s first poet laureate—Sonia Sanchez—hoping she “will help further define the city’s cultural landscape.”
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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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