Lessons From Home2 Suites

 

Charles Mostoller, for Metro

Charles Mostoller, for Metro

  • Yes, the Convention Center’s new hotel by Hilton Home2Suites is ugly, admits Parkway Corporation CEO Joseph Zuritsky to the Metro. “I would have preferred granite, too,” he says. Yet the most important takeaway from adding yet another unpleasantry to the Philadelphia cityscape should be more about economics than aesthetics. Philadelphia needs to drastically overhaul its business tax scheme, he says, and—if at all possible—counter the often prohibitively expensive demands of the construction unions. “As it was,” says Zuritsky, “it was impossible to build without six governmental subsidies.” We can do better, in more ways than one. For Nathaniel Popkin’s first run-in at Homes2 Suites, click HERE
  • Grid places its spotlight on social service group Partners for Sacred Places’s two-year-old initiative that combines its usual goal of reutilizing old church and parish buildings for the benefit of the needy with much of the vision and energy of the increasingly prevalent urban agricultural community. West Philadelphia’s Ward African Methodist Episcopal Church was the chosen as the pilot site, providing enough space for cooking demonstrations and a farmer’s market. “We work at the intersection of historic preservation and community development,” explains program associate Caroline Acheatel.
  • Plan Philly reports that the Planning Commission yesterday afternoon recommended the zoning board to approve next week variances for the proposed Whole Foods store at 22nd & Spring Garden in Fairmount. The 293-unit building is generally popular, says reporter Jared Brey, but many would like to see some marginal design alterations, such as additional street lighting and entranceways. The head of the nascent Civic Design Review (CDR), Nancy Rogo-Trainer, voted no in conscience, as she feels that the CDR process has not yet been taken seriously by architects and developers.
  • The Philly Post‘s Sandy Smith provides a list of 6 “Ghosts of Subways That Never Were,” projects that were envisioned in tandem with the Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines a century ago, but alas, never materialized. With close attention, some visual hints of these phantom lines, spurs and extensions can sometimes be discerned by passersby.
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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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