CHOP & Drexel’s Plans To Ford The Schuylkill

 

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

  • 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.
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.

Send a message!



1 Comment


  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.

Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

 

Recent Posts
Museum of American Revolution To Unveil Public Plaza Next Month

Museum of American Revolution To Unveil Public Plaza Next Month

August 29, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Old City museum to debut outdoor plaza prior to spring opening, lighting the Divine Lorraine signs, the economics and politics of changing a neighborhood’s name, fire destroys church in West Philly, and bike racks for Tasker-Morris > more

Advocates Race Against The Clock To Save Terrace Hall

Advocates Race Against The Clock To Save Terrace Hall

August 26, 2016  |  News

In Wissahickon, an historic meeting hall on the eve of demolition gets a helping hand. Michael Bixler reports > more

Another Apartment Tower Announced For East Market

Another Apartment Tower Announced For East Market

August 25, 2016  |  Morning Blend

DC-based company envisions 21-story tower at 1199 Ludlow, Logan neighborhood plan approved, Philly’s love and hate relationship with Dîner en Blanc, and new law to make recreation spaces more inclusive > more

Community Meeting Reveals Widespread Indignation With Jewelers Row Demolition

Community Meeting Reveals Widespread Indignation With Jewelers Row Demolition

August 24, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Jewelers bemoan Toll Brothers plan, bowling lanes and movie screens coming to Canal Street entertainment district, ethnic masses sustaining several former Catholic parish churches, keeping libraries relevant, and an auto-garage conversion on North Broad > more

Unlisted Philadelphia: Substation #7

Unlisted Philadelphia: Substation #7

August 23, 2016  |  Vantage

Ben Leech spotlights unique and significant buildings not listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places with his architectural illustration series, Unlisted Philadelphia. With this installment, an electrical substation in Art Deco disguise > more

Don't Move Frank, Says Smerconish

Don’t Move Frank, Says Smerconish

August 22, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Smerconish defends Rizzo statue, gauging South Philadelphians’ opinion on South Broad median parking, and 23 units envisioned for St. Laurentius > more