June 17: Maplewood Mall redo | school without support | abatement expansion proposal | building collapse update | PSFS practicality, urbanism

Welcome to the working week, Streeters. Here’s what’s making news this Monday morning:

Germantown’s Maplewood Mall will see a $2.2 million renovation NewsWorks reports, and the Daily News looks at the first step in getting the public to see this space anew: a block party this Saturday evening.

What if Philadelphia can’t find more money to soften the effects of the bare-bones budget passed by the Philadelphia School District last month? The New York Times takes a look at what school could be like without the 3,783 employees to be let go– aides, assistant principals, librarians, nurses, counselors among them. “Do we just want a building that houses children until they get to the new prison they’re building?” asked Lisa Ciaranca Kaplan, principal of Andrew Jackson School.

Councilman Wilson Goode has proposed limiting capping the value of the 10-year real estate tax abatement. But a counter-proposal has been put forward by the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors to expand the tax abatement to 25 years in order to stimulate development in neighborhoods where home values are $125,000 or less, reports the Philadelphia Real Estate Blog.

There are still more details being revealed about the fatal building collapse at 22nd and Market on June 5:

We know the PSFS building for its place in the skyline, but PhillyHistory takes a look back at how Howe & Lescaze’s design for the PSFS building at 12th and Market is also significant for the practical and pleasing ways it relates to the street, answering complex needs.

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