Join Hidden City Creative Director Lee Tusman for a walking tour of the contested area between Vine and Spring Garden Streets and 10th and Broad Streets.
The neighborhood is in flux and so is its name. Traditionally known as Callowhill, people also call it Chinatown North, the Loft District and in homage to the filmmaker David Lynch, the Eraserhood.
Recalling living in the neighborhood during the late 1960s, Lynch said “the area had a great mood–factories, smoke, railroads, diners, the strangest characters, the darkest nights.” Even though several shuttered factories have been turned into lofts, the neighborhood retains some of the atmosphere that Lynch found so compelling.
We’ll visit a remnant of the railroads, the Reading Viaduct, and talk from the Friends of Reading Viaduct, which envisions turning it into an elevated “park in the sky.” The Chinatown Community Development Corporation has opposed the plan, worrying that it will speed gentrification, and push out the small warehouses and fabricators that provide employment for Chinatown residents. We’ll visit one of these businesses, a sign-making shop, and talk with the owner.
We’ll also explore the art and design community that has blossomed in the area. We’ll visit the Asian Arts Initiative and learn about the organization’s plans to turn a bleak alley into a thriving arts corridor, stop by Mio, a green design firm, and visit the Vox Building, locus for much of the art making and exhibition in the area.
The tour is the first in a series of three tours created in partnership with the The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design in conjunction with the exhibition Living as Form (The Nomadic Version), on view through March 16.
It was made possible through the generous support of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Federal-State Partner, National Endowment for the Humanties.
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