The Case For Logan Square


Plan for "Completing the Benjamin Franklin Parkway," 1999

Plan for “Completing the Benjamin Franklin Parkway,” 1999

  • Reviewing the history of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway–which is fast approaching its centennial in three years–Gregory Heller writes for the Broad Street Review of his distaste for current design of the underutilized cultural boulevard. He says that there are many interventions that would serve to actualize it further and would provide more of an impact than any of the incremental that the CCD and other groups are now suggesting. For starters, Heller would like to see the reversion of Logan Circle back into Logan Square. That would inject for activity at this central node, and further integrate the corridor with Center City’s northwest quadrant. Furthermore, “the openings over the Vine Street Expressway could be decked to create a more welcoming approach to the Free Library and the planned Kimpton hotel,” he says. 
  • J. Milton Lindsay, a resident of Powelton Village and steward of the Wiota Street Garden–an unofficial community plot located on Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority-owned land–contacted the University City Review in order to advocate for the garden’s retention in the face of development. Yet, the publication could not even confirm that there is an interested developer, let alone that Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell prefers those plans for the space.
  • The Philadelphia Business Journal discusses the expanding portfolio of Brickstone Realty Companies in the Midtown Village area. Later this month, work will begin on transforming the 15,000-square-foot Baum Building at 106 South 11th Street into retail and 12 apartment units for $5.5 million. And then in a few months’ time, the firm will start the conversion of a 5-story building at 11th & Ludlow into retail and office space that is expected to cost about $13 million.
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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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