Graduate Hospital Project More Ambitious Than First Thought

 

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Bloc 24 (left) & Bloc 23 (right) Rendering by Campbell Thomas & Company and Steve Nebel of LABhaus, via Philadelphia Real Estate Blog

  • Next City recommends a complete reevaluation of the traditional American two-party electoral system at the municipal level. If Philadelphia’s politicos would only slug it out in terms more applicable to the city’s on-the-ground conditions and specific historical perspective, urban voters would not be so alienated from the polling places. Rather than small government vs. big government, or laissez-faire vs. more regulations, the piece suggests that the discourse should be one, generally speaking, between Builders and Preservers.
  • There’s a petition circulating to Cedar Realty Trust, the New York-based firm that owns the old Engine 46 firehouse in Pennsport, to reuse the Flemish-style building rather than replace it, as its “historical nature, architectural example, and overall importance to the community is invaluable,” so stresses local resident Anthony Maisano. “With it’s Byzantine banding of brick it is the architectural inspiration for the entire entertainment complex which includes Warmdaddy’s and the Riverview Theatre. It’s tower is a beacon visible from the expressway. This building has much potential.” To add your name to the petition, click HERE.
  • The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) will offer half-price admission this week as the renovations to its archival building at 13th & Locust continue with the floors’ sanding. Come October, HSP will have ‘improved its security system, installed compact storage units to make more room for its ever growing collection, and updated its visitor amenities.’
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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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