Good morning Streeters! Looks like we’re having a heat wave, so stay prepared for temps above 90° and possible thunderstorms again today. Here’s what’s making news this morning:
Gary Steuer, director of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, is heading to Denver this fall to run the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. The Inquirer takes a look back at Steuer’s tenure at City Hall, encouraging artful collaboration between city agencies and conversation between cultural institutions, attracting funding to the city, and documenting the economic power of the arts in Philadelphia.
The townhouses replacing St. Boniface Church on Norris Square are nearly finished, reports Naked Philly. St. Boniface Church was demolished two years ago and after a bitter zoning dispute over the density of uses planned for the St. Boniface campus between Norris Square Civic Association as developer and their neighbor Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez.
Meanwhile in Point Breeze, neighbors continue to butt heads with developer Ori Feibush, this time over a proposal to build four rowhouses at 20th and Annin streets. Feibush presented his plans at a Point Breeze CDC zoning meeting this week but the outcome of the chaotic paper-ballot vote was unclear, Philadelphia Real Estate Blog reports. Some neighbors fear that their own taxes would go up given Feibush’s new development. Feibush intends to live in one of the properties.
The PhillyHistory blog looks back at the “gentleman’s agreement” not to build taller than William Penn atop City Hall, perpetuated by Ed Bacon through his role at the Planning Commission, which lasted into the 1980s.
Ever wonder where to find Philly’s fine food trucks on any given day? Foobooz has a great breakdown of the common spots for food trucks and lunch carts, as well as resources to see which trucks go where.