Designing A Place To Pause In Frankford

 

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“Frankford Pause” | Rendering by Alexa Bosse and Ari Miller

  • The Frankford Gazette surveys the design challenge charged to husband and wife team Alexa Bosse and Ari Miller to create a pop-up park at Paul Street and Frankford Avenue to be called “Frankford Pause.” Asked by Kim Washington of the Frankford CDC to dream up a “crazy… unusual park that would bring people to the neighborhood,” architect Bosse opted for a hot pink design with lighting that dims as passing Market-Frankford trains rattle overhead. A concert stage and community garden are also envisioned for the park, slated to open in the spring and last for a year.
  • In a move that “puts a serious kink in Temple University’s interests in the site,” Philadelinquency reports that the William Penn Development Coalition has filed a lis pendens on the deed to the William Penn High building, effectively preventing its transfer prior to any court ruling on the matter. “At least for now while the court case is open, the community group is winning.”
  • A new study concludes that Greater Philadelphia has the 6th most affordable housing market for millenials, says the Philadelphia Business Journal. “Millennials are in part attracted to many of these markets because of good job prospects. The average unemployment rate in the Top 15 counties that were most affordable to buy was 5.9 percent in April, and the average unemployment rate in the Top 15 counties most affordable to rent was an even lower 4.3 percent,” the RealtyTrac study said.
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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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