A New Way To Right Blight

 

Timothy and Malik | Photo: Philadelphia Community Corps’ Instagram page

  • Naked Philly highlights the efforts of Philadelphia Community Corps, which has just begun its first project to revitalize blighted neighborhoods by employing ex-convicts. Currently demo-ing 9 properties near La Salle University, the initiative aims to salvage all it can: from the reusable architectural details of the historic buildings to the self-respect and economic security of its workforce. PCC could use some additional startup capital, though. If you’re interested in lending a hand, check out their indiegogo campaign HERE.
  • The economic incentives of urban bike corrals are entertained by Plan Philly, which urges City government to either fund the ultimately profitable amenities–a study in the Portland, OR found that 2/3 of nearby businesses noticed better sales numbers–or assuage the permit process by removing de facto requirements to get local support–a process that may take over 2 months of a business’ time and money.
  • The Community Design Collaborative would rather not have two recently shuttered public schools languish away with no workable reuse plan on the books, reports Flying Kite. And so its Reactivating Vacant School Design Charrette on November 14 will see four teams of about a dozen professionals each prepare short and long term plans for Old Frances Willard School in Kensington and the M. Hall Stanton School in Lower North Philadelphia. While short term uses might include farmers’ markets, vegetable gardens, or rec space, the CDC is realistic in the possibility that a non-educational “community anchor” may be needed.
  • Two stewarding groups of Bardascino Park at 10th & Carpenter Streets have raised a combined $3,000 to replace its broken water fountain. It’s a relatively small project says the Passyunk Post, yet one likely to be followed by a more substantial campaign to provide the community space with pedestrian level lighting.
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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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  1. Nice photo, it’s good to pull the mask up over the nose also.

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