The Tree Imperative

  • Flying Kite talks to Parks & Recreation’s Director of Urban Forestry and Ecosystem Management, Joan S. Blaustein, who explains the necessity of increasing Philadelphia’s tree canopy from 20 to 30%. The article summarizes: “increasing the tree canopy will have two significant impacts—shade in the summer to decrease energy use and relief for water from excessive rains.” TreePhilly’s initiative to provide thousands of trees for private residences is thought to be key within this larger scheme.
  • Naked Philly comments on the Arden Theater’s Clybourne Park, which will have its last performance at the Old City theater this weekend. The play draws parallels between 1959 and 2009, as the same inner-city property deals with its changing neighborhood: white flight and gentrification, respectively.
  • In NewsWorks’ latest “It’s Our Money” podcast, Holly Otterbein and Juliana Reyes contend that last week’s itinerant City Council meeting in the Southwest was much overdue, reflecting on the impressive breadth of knowledge of attending citizens.
  • The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is promoting two public meetings this week, concerning Lower Merion funding for the Manayunk Bridge trail project and the 58th Street Greenway. For more information, click HERE.
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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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