Jan. 8: Assumption hearing | chatty crosswalks | Cedar Works opening | tire-slasher reward | Neal Santos’ shots

Good morning, Streeters. Here’s your Tuesday morning Buzz:

Today the L&I Review Board will hold a hearing about the demolition of Church of the Assumption, the embattled historic church on Spring Garden Street. When asked by the Daily News about his quiet move to market the property (with a $1 million markup) developer/owner John Wei said, “If someone wants to buy it, they can buy it. It’s too much trouble for me.” Today’s LIRB hearing will be at 3pm at 1515 Arch on the 18th Floor. 

Have you heard the new talking pedestrian signals around 30th Street Station? PlanPhilly’s Christine Fisher checks in on these new signals, which instruct pedestrians which street (30th or Market) has a walk signal, and hears mixed reviews. The signals were installed as part of the larger PennDOT improvements to six bridges over Amtrak’s tracks.

A 15,000 square foot former car dealership in Cedar Park is set to reopen next month as The Cedar Works, studios for artists and professionals, reports Flying Kite. The new space has 23 studios for artists or small businesses, and meeting spaces that community groups are invited to book. “We see ourselves as an extension of the arts and craft culture that’s already here” in West Philly, explains Andy Peifer, The Cedar Works cofounder. The studios are 75% rented to a mix of artists, designers, and physical therapists.

There is a $10,000 reward to help catch the vandal(s) who slashed tires on 56 cars, mostly on the 4900-5100 block of Hazel Street in Cedar Park, reports the Inquirer.

We always like Neal Santos’ photography, so it was a treat to see City Paper showcase some of the images Santos captured in 2012 that didn’t end up in print – until now. Here’s the slideshow.

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