The Integrative Power Of Spruce Street Harbor Park

 

“From left to right: Alexander Williams, Matt Forrest, Jessica McNeil, and Dennis Elwell play a game of chess at Spruce Street Harbor Park.” | Photo: Lindsay Lazarski, for NewsWorks

“From left to right: Alexander Williams, Matt Forrest, Jessica McNeil, and Dennis Elwell play a game of chess at Spruce Street Harbor Park.” | Photo: Lindsay Lazarski, for NewsWorks

  • In a NewsWorks essay Stacia Friedman reflects upon her first visit to Spruce Street Harbor Park, struck as she was by the realization that public spaces can foster a sense of community even in these days of national polarization. The park “reminded me of childhood memories of the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, a place in which family tensions dissolve in the presence of captivating aromas, the taste of ice cream, colored lights and summer breezes. All this without the white knuckle drive on the AC Expressway!”
  • Nate Silver’s statistics blog FiveThirtyEight compares Philadelphia with Cleveland, finding that while both convention host cities have a shared experience of post-industrial decline, Cleveland has yet to recover as well as Philly has thanks to its centralized location in the Northeast megalopolis. “The Urban Institute projects that the Cleveland area will lose 4 percent of its population from 2010 to 2030, while greater Philadelphia is expected to add 7 percent to its population, assuming average births, deaths and migration.”
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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. Spruce Street Harbor Park is reminds me of Wildwood and that is not a good thing.

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