Planning A More Pedestrian- And Stormwater-Friendly American Street

 

The Crane Arts building on North American Street, where an open house will be held tonight regarding plans to redesign the industrial streetscape. | Plan Philly

The Crane Arts building on North American Street, where an open house will be held tonight regarding plans to redesign the industrial streetscape. | Plan Philly

  • Another public open house will be held this evening at the Crane Building in South Kensington, where planners will brief the community on the proposed redesign of North American Street, says Plan Philly. The $17.4 million project would help revive this wide industrial corridor running two-miles north from Girard Avenue, by narrowing travel lanes and extending sidewalks, adding bike and parking lanes, and ripping up the rail tracks to make room for a 28-foot wide bioswale median.
  • Vibha Kannan looks at how community funding and planning is driving the playground renovation process, talking with Lois Brink, a chief strategist with Big SandBox, a nonprofit facilitating green architecture projects. Last fall she assisted six Northwest Philly schools  in drafting new design plans for their playgrounds.
  • Naked Philly checks in on the former Triangle Park at 6th & Christian Streets, whose owners, barring one last appeal by neighbors, are ready to begin construction, by right, on a five-story mixed-use building with 7 apartments and a fresh grocery on its ground floor.
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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 remember American Street back in the 50’s, it was one street you did not want to drive down! It was nothing but railroad tracks and trains, lots of trains.

  2. The Crane Arts Building is located in Olde/South Kensington, not Northern Liberties.

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