Free Access To The Germantown White House Tomorrow


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  • The National Park Service will open Germantown’s “White House” (actually the Deshler-Morris House) free to the public Saturday from 10AM-4PM to commemorate the Battle of Germantown, which took place 237 years ago tomorrow. Closed throughout the year due to low funding, the Independence National Historic Park site at 5442 Germantown Avenue was the temporary residence of two important figures in Philadelphian and American history: British General William Howe after his victory at the Battle of Germantown, and President Washington during the Great Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793.
  • Nearly three years since the end of its economic-development program, the Delaware River Port Authority transferred Wednesday $4.2 million from that dormant fund. The Inquirer reports that $3.7 million of that will go towards the ongoing renovations on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Updates were also provided on the agency’s efforts to resurrect Franklin Square: a firm has been contracted to renew its studies for that action, including analyses of population growth in Old City and Northern Liberties.
  • After coming across some online commenters dismissing the new Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk as a mere plaything for the affluent at the expense of our sinking schools, Philadelphia magazine’s Joel Mathis ponders the interplay of urbanism and class warfare. He concludes that a.) the $18 million price tag is the result of a much different medley of funding sources than would be the case in any hypothetical $18 million injection into the School District,  b.) a mix of socioeconomic classes will use it, and c.) we deserve nice things!
  • The Daily Pennsylvanian discusses the University City District’s Project Rehab, a program which facilitates the redevelopment of blighted properties in the neighborhood. “In its first two years, the program has obtained over $4 million in redevelopment investment and created over $13 million of market value.” The article walks through the often onerous ordeal that is finding a vacant building’s owner and guiding them in its sale to an ambitious developer. “If you make the block whole,” Spruce Hill Community Association’s Barry Grossbach reminds us, “you can restore a community.”
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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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