The question, put somewhat Shakespearean-ly: From whence will come these eager hoards of renters, these express and admirable souls who in apprehension look not upon home ownership as an investment, a money-saver, a sound notion uttered in mellifluous cadence by parents burdened by great concern for the future? From whence do they derive, either in Center City or on the Main Line? Because, like, there are a lot, lot, lot of new apartments going up and a not unwarranted skepticism about who will live in them.
In plain language from the Inquirer’s ever sensible Joseph N. DiStefano: “Who’s going to live in all those new Main Line apartments?” He then enumerates the various projects that are going up, and it’s not unlike the situation in Center City, where each project may have merit and each developer feels confident, but when put all together, does the sum total of development make sense for the numbers in the future? We shall see.
So what else? It’s Tuesday–let’s call it Tired Tuesday. Slow news day.
• Axis Philly’s Isaiah Thompson, who could be an undercover FBI agent himself, for all we know, further explains the raid on the Sheriff’s Office, making the case that this particular raid is not just about John Green’s tenure, as has been reported.
• Also on Axis Philly, Solomon Jones advocates Philadelphia Land Care, run by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, as a potential step in the right direction to ridding the city of blight.
• “At their home on Harmon Road in Roxborough, Shane and Jocelyn Brody hear voices through the pipes in the basement. In their backyard, Mexican melodies emanate from their neighbor’s metal fence.” Don’t tell me you don’t want to know what this Plan Philly article is about.
• The Atlantic Cities has a lovely post about the 19th-century photography of cities made possible by the daguerrotype–an early form of image capture that were cumbersome and time-consuming to make and therefore hard to do outdoors. That didn’t stop the photographers of the age, though, particularly in Philadelphia, a town that pioneered the art of photography in the 19th century.