- Philly Shark presents another design for the Delaware waterfront, this one by the locally-based Wallace Roberts and Todd. Architect Michael Lovaglio’s plans for “Tributaries of Green” are all about making those long-sought connections with the river through sustainable and verdant infrastructure. The resulting fusion of urban spaces provides for “a network of natural public and private open spaces of nature, estuaries, and wetlands, all of which superimpose an ecological footprint with a dense urban environment.”
- SEPTA is poised to become much more energy efficient, says Next American City. Partnering with the green energy firm Viridity, SEPTA will store surplus energy supplies from the Market-Frankford Line and release it back into the regional power grid. Once complete in two years, the system will supposedly reduce the authority’s carbon footprint each year by 1,258 tons.
- Grid announces the return of the “parklet,” the quaint and transferrable sampling of green space extending from selected sidewalks into parking spaces of the street. This year, the design’s second, will see parklets arrive on Main Street Manayunk, Logan Square, Chinatown, Fishtown, University City, and South Street.
- The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is proud to share some photos of the newly christened bike lanes on 33rd and 43rd Streets in West Philly.
About the author
Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.