The skyline of smokestacks long evaporating, East Kensington, particularly, is left with massive vacant lots (one in five parcels in the neighborhood is vacant). At the same time, aside from Norris Square on the other side of the El, there is little available public space. This sign was put up by a neighborhood artist on the site of the former Hart and Foster dye and finishing mill, at York and Emerald.
East Kensington Neighbors Association completed a preliminary plan for these parcels last year (click to the plan HERE) and this year in conjunction with the City Planning Commission will launch a Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission-funded neighborhood plan. Says Amy Miller of EKNA, “One element of this plan will include designing potential scenarios for the ‘megalots,’ including options for reuse (at least in part) as open space (such as a dog park and/or multipurpose field). Since the lots are privately-owned, there are no guarantees or expectations for this vision to actually be realized at this point.”
For a 2008 article of mine, “It Really Could Be Something,” with a rendering for this lot by architect Michael Burlando, click HERE.