- Inga Saffron, although sympathetic to the difficulties inherent in KieranTimberlake’s designs for the historic Rodeph Shalom synagogue’s expansion, feels as if the architect has gotten the proportions all wrong. “While the original synagogue is an assertive, vertical structure, rising up from Broad Street’s surface lots like an acropolis, the addition is low and meek, burrowing into the group. It seems to shrink away from the old synagogue as if the two had no familial relation.”
- Planners have begun to draft a community-minded blueprint for the development of the “doughnut hole” that is Callowhill-Chinatown North. “This is one area that doesn’t know where it’s going,” reflected Center City planner Laura Spina. “The hope is this plan will create a path, so that it knows where it’s going.”
- According to a source, Naked Philly believes that work may begin for the first (and smaller) of two towers at Cira Centre South as early as this fall.
- Next American City announces a series of four public meetings held by Penn-Praxis that would serve “to gain input from residents about what they’d like to see the [Benjamin Franklin Parkway] become.” At the very least, it is hoped that the thoroughfare may become a bit more pedestrian friendly and commercially viable in and of itself. For more information, click HERE.
- City Paper says that Frankford Avenue’s “Big Green Block” initiative is making progress, as plans are being finalized for a miniature water-park and basketball court outside the Shissler Recreation Center.
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.
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