Protesting Dilworth Park’s Lack Of Protests

 

“An ACT UP protest at Dilworth Park in the early 1990s sought to bring the AIDS crisis to wider public attention.” | File Photo: David Acosta, for The Inquirer

“An ACT UP protest at Dilworth Park in the early 1990s sought to bring the AIDS crisis to wider public attention.” | File Photo: David Acosta, for The Inquirer

  • Inga Saffron reflects on the fact that in the two years since Olin and KieranTimberlake’s redesign of Dilworth Park was unveiled, not one permit has been issued for protests, a traditional use during its preceding thirty-four years as Dilworth Plaza. With such a flexible design it is tempting to discern a penchant within City Hall to censor the speech below, yet Saffron grants credit to the Managing Director’s Office for at least regarding the lack of protest permits as a point of legitimate concern. The underlying cause, rather, has been the increasing use of commercialized funding models for public spaces that opt for consistent programming rather than the possibility for impromptu expressions of democracy.
  • Variances need for Ori Feibush’s proposed four-story, 15-unit grocery store design at 1245 Point Breeze Avenue were rejected on Wednesday by the Zoning Board, reports Feibush’s real estate blog, Naked Philly. OCF Realty had argued that the corridor was under zoned (CMX-2 whereas CMX-2.5 would be more conducive to development) and in desperate need for a grocery. Once again, community groups successfully lobbied Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s office to withhold its support in the name of “gentrification fears expressed through concerns about parking, density, and the ‘character of the neighborhood.’”
  • Add 30th Street Station to the list of Philadelphia landmarks to be aglow in red, white, and blue during next week’s Democratic National Convention. CBS Philly reports that University City District and Amtrak first hit the lights last night.
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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 guess I can agree with the commercialization of Dilworth Plaza. There was a lot of federal money used to upgrade this space. I wonder why the decision regarding Ori Feibush’s application wasn’t mentioned in a separate article. You wrapped two political paragraphs around a zoning issue. This is somewhat confusing.

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