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Four Policy Tools To Advocate For At The Mayor's Historic Preservation Task Force Meeting

Four Policy Tools To Advocate For At The Mayor’s Historic Preservation Task Force Meeting

September 29, 2017  |  Soapbox

On Tuesday, October 3, Mayor Kenney's new Historic Preservation Task Force will hold an open meeting inviting the public to voice opinions and concerns over the state of preservation in the city. Contributor Starr Herr-Cardillo presents four effective policies adopted by cities across the country that could aid in solving Philadelphia's ongoing preservation crisis > more

In The Aftermath Of Charlottesville, Counting On The Catto Memorial

In The Aftermath Of Charlottesville, Counting On The Catto Memorial

August 15, 2017  |  Soapbox

As Southern cities erupt in protest and race-fueled violence over the removal of Confederate memorials, historian Amy Cohen looks at Philadelphia's lack of diversity in public monuments > more

La Salle University Threatens Germantown Landmarks

La Salle University Threatens Germantown Landmarks

February 9, 2017  |  Soapbox

On Friday, the Historical Commission will consider legal protections for two historic Germantown homes. Owners La Salle University will oppose the nominations to retain their right to demolition. Arielle Harris makes a case for saving these two Wister family properties and reveals La Salle's long tradition of razing neighborhood landmarks > more

SEPTA's Plan For Natural Gas Plant May Put Nicetown Residents In Harm's Way

SEPTA’s Plan For Natural Gas Plant May Put Nicetown Residents In Harm’s Way

January 27, 2017  |  Soapbox

Last November SEPTA officials voted in favor of building a natural gas power plant in Nicetown. Laura Cofksy, staff member of the environmental advocacy group 350 Philadelphia, says the health risks from air pollution to the 37,000 residents living there could be detrimental > more

Come Take A Tour Of Our Sanctuary City

Come Take A Tour Of Our Sanctuary City

December 14, 2016  |  Soapbox

With conflict over Philadelphia's Sanctuary City status heightening, contributor Ann de Forest offers a tour highlighting Philadelphia's heritage as a refuge and a crucible of freedom of religion > more