Kenney “Frustrated” With Jewelers Row Preservation Saga


702-710 Sansom Street | Photo: Brad Maule

702-710 Sansom Street | Photo: Brad Maule

  • Yesterday’s New York Times piece on the Toll Bros.’ demolition plans along Jewelers Row likely prompted Mayor Kenney to release this morning his first statement on the matter, speculates Curbed Philly, which has published it in full. He says that while he “shares the frustrations” of preservationist-minded Philadelphians, the developers’ plan to demolish five buildings—beginning, the Times article tells us, as early as summer 2017—seems upon review to be in accord with City Code; but he has asked the developers “to go above and beyond what the law requires in preserving the historic nature of these properties.” Moreover, he promises that legislation that would bolster city resources for historic preservation is forthcoming.
  • The Inquirer’s Aubrey Whelan shines the light on the Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) as it celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of when a group of women in nearly de-industrialized Northern Liberties first came together to brainstorm ways by which to improve their lives. The eventual outlet, still the city’s only women-led community development organization, has since 1993 built nearly 300 affordable housing units across the city. In those three decades, WCRP has pleaded, “stubbornly,” for the need of mixed-income housing in the city’s economically re-ascendent neighborhoods, staving off displacement one zoning meeting at a time.
  • The Temple News talks with Shalimar Thomas, executive director of North Broad Renaissance, a one-year-old non-profit tasked with beautifying four miles of North Broad Street so as to improve walkability in the short term and encourage economic development in the long. In addition to lot clean-ups and community vegetable gardens, the group is also the rather unenthused inheritors of a set of “North Poles,” the Avenue of the Arts’ widely derided $14 million effort to announce its reorientation towards North Broad Street with the installation last year of 41 stainless steel light masks along that street’s median.
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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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