Making Phoenix Community Park last | Coyle pleads guilty | HIP Award honorees | UC’s rusty water

Seven years ago, Phoenix Community Park rose from the ashes of an abandoned factory fire at H and Westmoreland, thanks largely to neighbor initiative. Will it become permanent? Neighbors hope so. They’re advocating for the park to officially become part of the city’s Parks and Rec system. Flying Kite has the story.

Robert Coyle Sr., the notorious “Slumlord Millionaire” of Kensington and Port Richmond, pled guilty in federal court to $10 million in bank fraud, the Daily News reports. Coyle borrowed millions from two banks and did not disclose that many tenants had rent-to-own or swap agreements with Coyle. Meanwhile his properties crumbled and rotted ruining whole blocks. The plea was to Philadelinquency’s ears.

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania will honor small, innovative historic sites at its HIP (History in Pennsylvania) Awards ceremony this month. PlanPhilly’s Alan Jaffe reports that local winners include: Friends of the Japanese House and Garden for the restoration of the Sakura Pavilion buildings in Fairmount Park; Bartram’s Garden for its Community Farm and Food Resource Center, and historian Louis M. Iatarola for his work with the Historical Society of Tacony.

University City has rusty water from some Water Department maintenance work. “Rusty water is usually not a health concern; however, we urge our customers to limit the use of the water until the issue has been cleared up. Rusty water is not pleasant to drink and should not be used to clean laundry.” Stay tuned for PWD updates or call their hotline (215) 685-6300 with questions.


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