Tire slasher arrested | School District leadership | reinforcing Lincoln Drive | Strip revival | Nugent Home reuse

Mayfair’s tire slasher turns out to be an Aldine Street resident who was, apparently, both slashing and speaking out against the vandalism. David Toledo was arrested yesterday, and his neighbors are furious about his connection to the crimes, the Inquirer reports. NEast Philly reports that, contrary to earlier news, Toledo was not a Mayfair Town Watch member.

The School Reform Commission’s aggressive reorganization plan also points to the kind of superintendent who will be chosen to implement it going forward. An Inquirer editorial speculates that leadership won’t be someone coming into the job with their own big ideas. Perhaps plan’s architects, Chief Recovery Officer Thomas Knudsen or chief academic officer Penny Nixon?

Floods along the Monoshone Creek destabilized a retaining wall supporting Lincoln Drive and the bike path, creating dangerous conditions. The Inquirer reports that after two months of construction, the Streets Department has repaired the voids compromising the wall and path, and tied back the retaining wall to withstand washouts.

The Strip, aka 52nd Street, was once a vibrant and bustling commercial corridor and now, after some tough years, businesses and community members are striking out in pursuit of Strip revival. Hidden City Daily explores the change and meets the folks behind today’s Strip.

West Mount Airy’s vacant Nugent Home for Baptists could be redeveloped into senior housing. The Inquirer visits the Nugent Home, runs into “urban explorers,” and learns more about the plans to give new life to the historic property thanks largely to affordable housing tax credits.

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