City Readies Holmesburg For Convention Protestors

 

"Holmesburg Prison could be put back into service to house convention protesters."

“Holmesburg Prison could be put back into service to house convention protesters.” | Photo: Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The Inquirer’s Julia Terruso reports on the temporary reactivation of the shuttered Holmesburg Prison, now being prepped if needed in the event of what prison system spokeswoman Shawn Hawes calls “a mass-arrest kind of processing situation” during the Democratic National Convention. The ACLU is obviously concerned about the City’s methodology in this—the reuse of a facility with such an accomplished record of human rights violations—but Hawes is quick to emphasize that the holding space, if even necessary, would be limited to the newly renovated and air-conditioned gymnasium, which has 100 beds and showers available.
  • Graffiti aficionado Conrad Benner takes us inside Brewerytown’s Pyramid Electric Building at 31st & Oxford Streets, a 6-story, 94-year-old abandoned building recently purchased by MMPartners, which has gone on record as aiming to “revitalize and effectuate positive change within Philadelphia’s historic Brewerytown neighborhood.”
  • The Delaware River Port Authority board decides today on final approval for the placement of a September 11 memorial on a triangular parcel at Sixth & Race Streets just north of the Constitution Center, reports CBS Philly. “There will be a piece of steel from the World Trade Center, a limestone granite block from the Pentagon, and loose soil and a rock from Shanksville, Pennsylvania,” explained DRPA CEO John Hanson.
  • West Philly Local previews this year’s Trolley Tunnel Blitz—from July 8 through July 18—during which more than 400 of SEPTA crewmen will work around the clock to replace track, test backup generators, repair signals and wire, improve station lighting, and clean.
About the author

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.

Send a message!



Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

Recent Posts
A Fine And Public Space: Preservationists Revive Philadelphia's Historic Cemeteries As Vibrant Spaces For The Living

A Fine And Public Space: Preservationists Revive Philadelphia’s Historic Cemeteries As Vibrant Spaces For The Living

May 21, 2019  |  Vantage

New life is blooming at Philadelphia's historic cemeteries. Starr Herr-Cardillo has the story > more

Appetite For Deconstruction: North Philly Nonprofit Tackles Three Pressing Issues With One Program

Appetite For Deconstruction: North Philly Nonprofit Tackles Three Pressing Issues With One Program

May 17, 2019  |  News

Philly Reclaim brings sustainability, historic preservation, and job training together with its architectural salvage program. Kimberly Haas has the story > more

Arson & Archway Raise Awareness Of A 19th Century Architect

Arson & Archway Raise Awareness Of A 19th Century Architect

May 14, 2019  |  Vantage

Pauline Miller takes us on a journey from Old City to Mount Moriah Cemetery where the work of architect Stephen Decatur Button struggles for longevity > more

A Fond Farewell To Paley Library At Temple University

A Fond Farewell To Paley Library At Temple University

May 10, 2019  |  Last Light

Paley Library closed its doors to the public on Thursday after serving Temple University for 53 years. Michael Bixler says goodbye to the mid-century modern library with this photo essay > more

In Kensington, Old Textile Mill To Be Revived With Apartments

In Kensington, Old Textile Mill To Be Revived With Apartments

May 7, 2019  |  Vantage

Gotham Hosiery, once the country's most popular pantyhose manufacturer, quickly rose to fame and crashed even faster. Now, the nearly 100-year-old mill at 2nd and Norris is getting a residential makeover. Rob Masciantonio dives deep into the history of the old textile mill and details on plans for redevelopment > more

Al Capone's Cell At ESP Keeps Conservators On Their Toes

Al Capone’s Cell At ESP Keeps Conservators On Their Toes

May 2, 2019  |  News

At Eastern State Penitentiary, layers of history reveal more mysteries inside a famous gangster's old prison cell. Kimberly Haas has the details > more