Looking Ahead For Central Northeast’s Needs



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  • Work has begun for the Central Northeast District Plan, says Plan Philly. Its neighborhoods—Fox Chase, Lexington, Rhawnhurst, Burholme, and others—are increasingly younger and more diverse (22% of residents are foreign born). The preliminary focus is to determine what these trends mean for the District’s future needs. Will first-generation Ukrainians and Brazilians stay put, or move to other sections of the city? How much would transit improvements affect economic development?
  • Axis Philly speculates as to whether Philadelphia “is developing a national reputation for good bicycling,” after a July 5 editorial in Charleston, South Carolina’s Post & Courier admitted some degree of envy over the Schuylkill boardwalk, now under construction. “In a tightly-connected country,” writes Nicholas Mirra, “where individuals and businesses can choose to locate anywhere, Philadelphia needs all the edges it can obtain. Notorious narratives aside, bicycling is becoming one of our edges. We need to keep it sharp.”
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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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