CHOP & Drexel’s Plans To Ford The Schuylkill

 

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  • The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog begins its series on the institutional build-up along the Schuylkill with a look at Drexel University’s efforts. Plans for the Innovation Neighborhood are currently in its “listening-phase,” as the air rights above the Powelton Regional Rail yard are sought in order to sew University City to the cultural assets of the Parkway. Drexel President John Fry regards the initiative as “a unification of the city with the Schuylkill at its center.” He said the area could become Philaelphia’s version of Cambridge, Massachusetts, but potentially even better thanks to the proximity of 30th Street Station.
  • “Philadelphia,” reports the Daily News, “continues to crumble.” This weekend saw the seventh and eighth building collapse across the city in the last month alone. Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sànchez argues that more is needed than simply augmenting L&I’s budget; the root causes of property abandonment must be addressed—ideally with a more robust means of data collection and dissemination. “How do we change the paradigm in this city, where people just walk away from properties?” she said.
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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. Isn’t it funny how nobody seems to care about “property rights” when it comes to CHOP?

    Instead, people end up sounding exactly the same way they accuse Friends of the Boyd and others who opposed the demolition of the Bound of being.

    Oh the irony.

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