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Drexel University proposed Innovation Neighborhod

Drexel University proposed Innovation Neighborhood | Rendering: Drexel University

  • In a Daily News piece, one gets a sense of the extent to which the Department of Parks and Recreation can effectively tend to the urban canopy. Joe and Janet Witkowski tried–unsuccessfully–to have the City send a tree specialist to trim the rotting tree that has threatened their home next to Walton Run in the Far Northeast’s Modena Park neighborhood. While first deputy commissioner of parks and facilities Mark Focht concedes that a dangerous tree on City land is indeed the responsibility of his department, he stresses that Parks & Rec must prioritize its workload with trees with a more direct public impact. Currently, the City employs one full-time certified arborist for every 100,000 trees there are within its borders.
  • Noting a disparity between the profusion of artists living and working in the Mantua and Powelton Village neighborhoods with the impact aesthetic interventions transforming Fishtown and Northern Liberties, Drexel University researchers prepared a study to better understand the problem and ways to rectify it. ”A Fragile Ecosystem: The Role of Arts and Culture in Philadelphia’s Mantua, Powelton Village and West Powelton Neighborhoods,” says the University City Review, concludes that the relatively low public investment for arts in the area has inhibited collaboration; local talent, without notable institutional support, generally fails to access the social network needed to create and inspire.
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