Concerned Southwest Philly Residents Organize Against Energy Hub Plans

 

“Southwest Philadelphia resident Teresa Hill speaks at a community meeting organized by opponents of the proposed ‘energy hub’ plan.” (Katie Colaneri, for NewsWorks

“Southwest Philadelphia resident Teresa Hill speaks at a community meeting organized by opponents of the proposed ‘energy hub’ plan.” | Photo: Katie Colaneri, for NewsWorks

  • The inaugural meeting of Action United, an advocacy group that formed last month to resist Big Energy’s push for Philadelphia to become an energy hub once more, gathered last night in Southwest Philadelphia, says NewsWorks. The 50 or so attendees demanded further health studies for neighborhoods nearest the Lower Schuylkill’s refineries and more transparency as to state tax credits.
  • A judge has dismissed a group of Germantown residents’ suit against the City, the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development, and the Philadelphia Housing Authority aimed at preserving the community’s right to the Wissahickon Playground, itself already dismantled to make way for the virtually complete Queen Lane Apartments rebuild. While PHA has agreed to fully fund the creation of two additional public spaces nearby (a basketball court and a tot lot), advocates say that such a ¼ return for the 1-acre of lost space is not enough; lead plaintiff Greg Paulmier says he will appeal.
  • Philly mag’s Victor Fiorillo talks with Max Pulcini and Matthew Albasi, two young Temple-grads attempting to furnish an imagined mega-neighborhood called “Penn’s Garden” (Brewerytown, Fairmount, Francisville, Spring Garden, Strawberry Mansion, North Central, Ludlow and Poplar) with its very own weekly “hyperlocal, done differently.” Albasi stresses the need for hard-hitting journalism in neighborhoods like Strawberry Mansion, “where the only stories you have are these horrible Dude Gets Shot On This Corner stories.” The Spirit of Penn’s Garden’s editor says “there are great stories in Strawberry Mansion and room for investigative reporting. People deserve that kind of news in that neighborhood.” The start-up newspaper’s first printing is expected for January.
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