Architect Talks Rivage Plans

Photo: Newsworks

  • Newsworks talks to Tim McDonald of Onion Flats, the company selected to help the Redevelopment Authority re-envision the Rivage site in East Falls. Promoting green construction and dodging charges of an overly motel design, McDonald claim to “respond to the context of our city, and … design within it.”
  • City Paper discusses the four “pedestrian-friendly mini parks and plazas” in store for the city this coming summer: two in West Philly (42nd & Woodland and 48th & Baltimore), one in at West Oak Lane’s Washington Lane & Stenton Avenue, and one at South & Passyunk streets.
  • A year behind schedule (although better than its average of three) and fined $8 million by such delays, SEPTA is continuing to roll out its Silverliner V regional rail train cars. Of the 120 set to be employed by SEPTA, only about a third are in service. The rest—it is said—to be ready by October.
  • Admittedly, “Callowhill is not Chelsea,” but a Plan Philly piece challenges the positioning of the Reading Viaduct as simply Philly’s answer to Manhattan’s High Line. “I think we’re still struggling to understand what is possible along the Viaduct.”
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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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