Bike-share plea | Frankford stained glass artisans | mixed-use redevelopment for Fishtown | School district Race to the Top finalist

Good morning, Streeters. There was no snow to speak of in the city overnight, but the forecast says today’s rain may turn into light snow this evening. 

Is a bike-share program really happening? On Monday the Inquirer editorialized that the city should move ahead with bike-share plans, something we’ve heard murmurs about this year but we’re still waiting for an official announcement. (Pretty please?!) The editorial states: “It’s good news that Nutter’s aides are moving ahead with bike-share plans here.” So, might we expect official word soon?

From their Frankford workshop Mezalick Design Studio has helped restore and repair historic stained glass windows and architectural finishes across the country. Flying Kite profiles Nidia Mezalick, whose restoration work locally includes the Tiffany rose window in Germantown’s First Presbyterian Church and windows in the Arch Street United Methodist Church.

At last week’s Fishtown Neighbors Association meeting Domani Developers discussed plans to convert an old factory building at Columbia Avenue and Memphis Street into a mixed-use apartment building with a City Fitness gym on the ground floor and 52 apartments above, reports Philadelphia Real Estate Blog. Domani is also considering a residential reuse for the former Reach baseball factory nearby on Tulip Street.

The financially troubled Philadelphia School District is among 61 finalists for federal Race to the Top education grants, reports the Inquirer. The district asked for the $40 million maximum to improve literacy in younger grades and more individualized learning among upper grades.


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