• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

LGBT senior housing supported at Council | Buck owners enter tax payment agreement | homeless census | life as a 'body man' | surface parking woe | Sixers soul

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City Council gave its support for the William Way Senior Residences, an LGBT-centric senior housing development planned for 13th Street, by approving the sale of the Redevelopment Authority's property to the development team. PlanPhilly’s Kellie Patrick Gates discussed the project with gay-rights activist Mark Segal and Pennrose Properties’ Jacob Fisher. The developers will present the project to Washington Square West Civic on May 22.

The deadbeat Lichtensteins have entered into a payment agreement with the city for back-taxes owed at the Buck Factory site, reports Philadelinquency. There’s also a juicy lawyer-lawsuit sideshow against the Lichtensteins for unpaid legal fees.

On Wednesday night, volunteers counted 583 homeless people on the streets, in a survey that hit every city zip code, reports the Inquirer.

What is being Mayor Nutter’s “body man” like? The Daily News explores life as mayor’s personal aide. Luke Butler, Mayor Nutter’s most recent aide, just moved on to become chief of staff for Alan Greenberger. The mayor’s body man is now a woman, Lauren Walker.

Philadelphia is surrendering too much to surface parking lots. Inga Saffron's column today focuses on Philly’s capitulations to car culture, which trades lively urbanism for dead spots that add nothing to the streetscape.

Fight the power, Sixers. Fight the bureaucracy! It’s about soul, Len Davidson explains in an Inquirer opinion piece. The Sixers will take on the Celtics tonight at home at 8pm in a must-win game.

 

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