Dear PlanPhilly member,
This week brought breaking news about casino permits and archaeology, historic preservation, and infrastructure costs:
1. Nutter Calls for Casino Review
In light of the Street administration’s last minute permitting for SugarHouse Casino, the incoming Nutter administration will examine every decision Philadelphia has made regarding SugarHouse and Foxwoods. Stay tuned today as Kellie Patrick Gates continues to report this story.
2. North Broad Demolition Ban in Place
Philadelphia preservationists win a temporary injunction barring destruction of PLICO buildings until a full hearing is conducted in Commonwealth Court on Jan. 24.
Read Matt Blanchard’s story: http://www.planphilly.com/node/2474
Photos and video posted: http://www.planphilly.com/node/2484
Inquirer coverage: http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20071225_Judge_saves_buildings_for_now.html
DAG alert: http://action.designadvocacy.org/RestorePhilaLife
The Preservation Alliance is leading the legal effort to preserve the buildings. Read more: http://www.preservationalliance.com/advocacy/current-advocacy-issues.shtml.
Donations to the ‘Philadelphia Life Legal Fund’ can be made online at: https://pagp.javelinhosting.com/membership/donateform.shtml
3. Infrastructure Series Part 4: Paying for Projects
The latest installment in a series of stories examining the infrastructure projects proposed in the Civic Vision for the Central Delaware, and how they will solve the question of funding. This story looks at one of the biggest challenges in the Penn Praxis plan: what to do with Interstate 95.
Click here for the full story: http://www.planphilly.com/node/2545.
4. Norquist to Nutter: Philly Poised for Resurgence
On Sunday, the Inquirer’s Currents section printed advice from former mayors from around the country, and John Norquist of Milwaukee tips his cap to the PennPraxis riverfront civic vision. Click here to read the full op-ed: http://www.philly.com/inquirer/currents/13298002.html.
5. Imagining Philadelphia
PlanPhilly reporter Alan Jaffe will continue covering the series of Imagine Philadelphia sessions, a series of public forums coordinated by the City Planning Commission that marks the beginning of a city comprehensive planning process.
Here is the schedule of Imagine Philadelphia forums:
Jan. 15: North Philadelphia — http://www.planphilly.com/node/2486
Jan. 16: Bridesburg, Kensington, Richmond — http://www.planphilly.com/node/2487
Jan. 22: Center City — http://www.planphilly.com/node/2488
Jan. 29: Germantown — http://www.planphilly.com/node/2489
Other Upcoming Events
Jan. 12: Preservation Alliance St. Peter’s and Hopewell Villages Rural Industrial History and Hiking Tour — http://www.planphilly.com/node/2540
Jan. 12: Mural Arts Program Murals & Sacred Places Tour — http://www.planphilly.com/node/2541
Jan. 15: Philadelphia City Planning Commission monthly meeting — http://www.planphilly.com/node/2452
Jan. 17: Sustainable Philadelphia Bike Sharing Forum — http://www.planphilly.com/node/2542
Best until next week,
Matt Golas, Managing Editor