NoLibs Zoning Chair Discusses How Best To Ensure Density


Photo: Courtesy of Plan Philly's Eyes on the Street

Photo: Courtesy of Plan Philly’s Eyes on the Street

  • Northern Liberties Neighbors Association’s zoning chair, Larry Freedman, editorializes over at Eyes on the Street onhow his group manages to keep eyes on the street by preventing the proposal—let alone construction—of most garage-fronting row houses in the neighborhood.“We try to resolve as many issues as we can at the neighborhood level. We have had as many, if not more applications over the years as any neighborhood. I think that has given us some leverage. Many of the builders and developers make return visits for different projects so they need to learn the ropes. Since we’re pretty reasonable we usually work things out. I believe they have bought into the understanding that what makes a neighborhood desirable, and what has made our neighborhood successful, is maintaining neighborly street activities that are unique.”
  • The inclusion of an old Pennsylvania Railroad trestle over Germantown Avenue at the border of Chestnut Hill and Mt Airy within the Creheim Trail is simply a must, says The Inquirer. While PECO apparently has no problems with ridding itself of the unused structure for a dollar, an attorney for the City cautioned against assuming the liability before adequately assessing its condition.Toward that end, local developer Ken Weinstein has volunteered $5,000 to test for lead paint on the trestle; he’s confident that if the Northwest Philly-to-Montgomery County trail does end up passing by his Trolley Car Diner and Deli, he stands to attract a fair amount of runners and cyclists.
  • On Thursday evening Old St. Joseph’s near 4th & Walnut will be recognized as the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia with the dedication of a historical marker from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, says the Daily News. The namesake of both St. Joseph’s University and St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, the 1733 church helped promulgate the marginalized faith to Delaware and New Jersey.
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