Convention Center Upgrades & Pre-Pope Jitters

 

"Ed Mauger of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides leads a practice run of the tour that will be available to the thousands of media members in town next week for the World Meeting of Families and papal visit." | Photo: Alison Burdo, for the Philadelphia Business Journal

“Ed Mauger of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides leads a practice run of the tour that will be available to the thousands of media members in town next week for the World Meeting of Families and papal visit.” | Photo: Alison Burdo, for the Philadelphia Business Journal

  • The Pennsylvania Convention Center has seen over $1 million in communications upgrades in anticipation of the World Meeting of Families, reports the Philadelphia Business Journal. Hall A will serve as the “filing center” for some 1,600 international newspersons, said Jack Ferguson, CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We’re on a global stage for almost 10 days,” he goes on, reminding us that Philadelphia will be on full display, profiled, no doubt, in no small number of human interest stories, all of which will translate a certain air of negativity into numerous other languages—(though chiefly Italian, Spanish and French, we are told). “We have to make sure everyone in Philadelphia is engaged in making this a positive event,” he suggests.

  • Plan Philly fills us in on the Planning Commission’s thinking behind the East Callowhill Overlay, a rezoning scheme (industrial to mid-density commercial)—which it has prepared over the summer in collaboration with Councilman Mark Squilla’s office and formally recommended on Tuesday—for 31 properties within the area bounded by 2nd and 6th Streets, Spring Garden and Callowhill Streets. Obviously, density is the chief consideration, but there’s also a conscious need to improve pedestrian connections between Old City and Northern Liberties, explains City Planner Ian Litwin.
  • The Inquirer leads today with a look at City Controller Alan Butkovitz’s call for new leadership at the Department of Licenses and Inspections. Commissioner Carlton Williams, he said, has proven feckless in his task of reducing the number of dangerous properties throughout the city, relying on uncertified inspectors and antiquated computer system. Nutter, speaking for Williams, dismissed the charges as “outrageous” and “misguided.”
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