For 15 years, Daniel Adair has had a 70-acre back yard.
From the efforts of Fishtown, Kensington and other Philadelphia residents with green thumbs, many unused lots in the city bloom each spring with gardens of well-tilled soil that bring forth vegetables to be sold locally or brought home by gardeners.
With gun violence at the forefront of the nation’s conscience, a local family is reeling from the loss of their son and brother, a recent victim of the epidemic of gun violence here in Philadelphia.
However, a lively debate at the Fishtown Neighbors Association’s Zoning Committee meeting centered around neighbors’ concerns as to whether this development’s height, parking needs and presence on Blair Street would be out of character with the neighborhood.
Kensington business owner Meletios, “Mel” Anthanasiadis said the city is literally taking away his retirement plan.
One East Kensington businessman is among those who own property recently seized by the city through through eminent domain, a legal yet seemingly controversial government power. Now, he’s central to a conversation about city residents’ rights and the rights of the city itself, not to mention blight elimination in the neighborhood.
Two large vacant lots on Front Street near Tiptop Playground were put up on the market by the city last month, and over 80 developers have already looked into the project, according to Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) real estate manager Liz Gabor.
Newtown, Conn. is more than 170 miles from Philadelphia. And yet, some students from Kensington said that distance didn’t diminish the pain they felt upon learning of the mass school shooting there last month, which left 20 children and six adults dead.
Barbara Cummiskey Tacconelli, 70, the co-owner of Port Richmond’s beloved Tacconelli’s Pizzeria, died on Dec. 22. The cause was heart failure, her family said.
It started in a Port Richmond high school with a pink “Romney-Ryan” T-shirt. Now it may be ending in federal court.