Callowhill NID at Council, Sister Rosetta Tharpe honored, Philly transit history, Schuylkill watershed project grants

On Thursday, City Council will hold a hearing on the Callowhill Reading Viaduct Neighborhood Improvement District, which would finance neighborhood projects through a special 7% property tax. The Daily News reports, residents interested in transforming the viaduct are expected to turn out in support.

Red-hot guitar playing and gospel-singing pioneer, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was honored with a blue historic marker outside her former home at 11th and Master. NewsWorks reports the request for the marker and fundraising came from a rock-and-roll summer camp for girls, inspired by Tharpe.

A collection of Philadelphia’s earliest public transit records will soon be available to curious researchers at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. PlanPhilly reports on the collection and the unusual stipulation for researcher access that was added by the collection’s donor.

Two Philadelphia greening projects in the Schuylkill River watershed received grants from the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund, Philly Watersheds reports. The Albert M. Greenfield School will get $50,000 toward a green roof, and $60,000 will go to a stormwater management project in Shawmont.


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