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Glass art at National Liberty Museum | Photo: Emma Lee, for NewsWorks

  • Plan Philly looks at the complicated legal sparring between AAA (formerly the American Automobile Association) and Department of Licenses and Inspections, which canceled a permit earlier this year for the construction of a small office and light-auto-repair facility at Columbus Boulevard & Tasker Street in Pennsport. The construction, which is well underway are geographically within–yet provisionally not in keeping with–the Central Delaware Overlay. AAA’s lawyers argue that the group’s demolition and preliminary construction work throughout this past January and February entitle it to vested rights to the 1.15-acre site, regardless of the fact that it admittedly failed to provide a Plan of Development to the Planning Commission, seen as a key provision under even the old zoning ordinances for the waterfront.
  • Google Maps will remove from its nomenclature the designation of “Temple Town,” used to describe the area of North Central Philadelphia surrounding the university. The Inquirer reports that the ire of neighborhood residents elicited the change, and that the university, which courted the name during the 1980s exclusively for the campus itself, is happy with the switch.
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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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