West Powelton Residents Debate Future Of Wiota Street Garden


John Lindsay | Photo: Ed Hille, for The Inquirer

Leading the fight against development is John Lindsay, who has maintained Wiota Street Garden since 1983 | Photo: Ed Hille, for The Inquirer

  • The University City Review relates the highly contentious proceedings of a December meeting assembled by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell in order to gauge the reaction to the proposed development of the Wiota Street Garden at 4022 Powelton Avenue. The West Powelton Concerned Community Council is lobbying for developer Ben Schafer’s vision of townhouses for the plot of Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority-owned land on which resident John Lindsay has tended to a community garden since 1983–although the consistency and inclusiveness of his stewardship has been disputed.
  • Last month almost one hundred residents from the Grays Ferry, East Passyunk, Pennsport, and Point Breeze neighborhoods attended the first community input meeting meant to help guide the planning process for their South District. Like all other initial meetings, planners broke the ice by handing out stickers by which participants could opine as to the strengths and weaknesses of their section of the city. Plan Philly says the crowd cited diversity, walkability, bikeability, and food access as strengths, yet had much to grumble about the underperformance of the district’s commercial corridors, especially Point Breeze Avenue.
  • NewsWorks’ Holly Otterbein takes a look at Philadelphia’s crowded prisons, interpreting their population shifts throughout Mayor Michael Nutter’s seven-year administration. Although no longer over capacity by 2,500 inmates, the current excess of 1,700 is tight enough to warrant another civil rights law suit.
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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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