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Photo: Liz Spikol, Philadelphia magazine's Property blog

Photo: Liz Spikol, Philadelphia magazine’s Property blog

  • Plan Philly’s Alan Jaffe talks to Carolyn Stewart, the former executive director of New Directions for Women, an organization that, until city funding was pulled earlier this year, was dedicated to assisting women transition back to post-prison life. The property at 4807 Germantown Avenue (a former convent) was the home for the program for a quarter century, says Stewart, and so much effort went into attaining the variance needed to operate the program there that her and her colleagues hope to return those pivotal services back to that building.
  • Over at Philly Living, Sandy Smith discusses Calculated Risk’s (a blog with a proficiency for accurate real estate prognostication) assertion that home sales rates will increase in the coming few years. “This is potentially good news for Philadelphia home builders and home owners,” says Smith, “as the city housing market has generally performed better than the naional market as a whole during the bust years. The “Goldilocks” nature of the regional economy — it neither flies high nor falls hard — likely means the boom won’t be as huge as it might be in some other cities, but it should reinforce other virtuous trends that have been building here since 2000.”
  • CBS Philly says that Pennsylvania Convention Center officials see the four convention bookings since May as a clear sign of success of the Customer Satisfaction Agreement that four of six unions signed this spring. “What has always been the challenge is the elements of the cost–labor–and the hassle that goes with it,” mused Convention and Visitors Bureau President Jack Ferguson.
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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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