A Little South France On North Broad

 

  • Press Release: “The National Trust for Historic Preservation will present its 2012 John H. Chafee Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy to John Gallery of Philadelphia, the Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia.  Mr. Gallery is one of 22 award winners to be honored by the National Trust during its 2012 National Preservation Conference next week in Spokane, Washington.”
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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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  1. I knew this was coming – but yeesh. I am ashamed if we let something like be built in our city. It lacks imagination and will be an eyesore for years to come. Think of Biff’s Pleasure Palace in Back to the Future II

    Do we really want a casino to step over Callowhill? This will block corridor views from the viaduct to the barnes….think about the awful experience of on 9th or 10th north of market…the gallery building jumps over the block in the same manner. It kills views northward and created creepy dark places where we should actually be building gateways into our city.

    The broad street exit off of 676 is also a gateway to our city. It is currently a no mans land. The city should insist as part of the development that the casino redesign the clover leaf block and cap 676 in this area. There must be strong pedestrian connects north-south in this area.

    Someone must stand up and yell – this is an atrocity…this block could have the potential to be Philadelphia 6th square. The way our city is shaped happens now – in the present. Lets not repeat our mistakes and build awkward buildings and meaningless open space that add zero benefit to our urban realm.

  2. Are there any rendings of the building from any direction other than head on? I am wondering how the submerged viaduct will play into this, as the submerged portion directly abuts this site. I know the HiddenCity articles on the submerged viaduct drew a record amount of responses, I hope there can be a followup now that Blatstein is proposing this site. Will he close of the viaduct for underground parking? Will this development be an opportunity to develop the submerged viaduct (for BRT, Rail, or Park), or will this effectively cut off any hope of developing the viaduct?

  3. 5 Star Work!

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