Getting The Ball Rolling On Selling Vacant Land

 

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  • In its latest edition of “It’s Our Money” podcast, NewsWorks explores “solutions for Philly’s abandoned building blight.” Architect and advocate Kiki Bolender offers a crash course in how the city plans on ridding itself of its vast reserves of vacant properties (some 10,000 of the city-wide number of 40,000), methods which include an integrated “front door” prospective sale system and central land bank. The podcast is complete with a candid discussion about the realities and limitations of the schemes. This is America after all; how does one best discourage obstructive—and dangerous—land speculation? And this is Philadelphia after all; how are we to ward off political favoritism?
  • In a piece for the Daily News, the Artblog’s Roberta Fallon stresses the importance of SEPTA’s “Art in Transit” series, initiated in 1998 by general director Jack Leary. “Good design and art … give a vibrancy to a community’s public spaces, and make’s the public feel welcome,” says the Federal Transit Administration, which funds projects like (the Broad Street Line) Spring Garden station’s new “Walking on Sunshine” installation.
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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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