What Will Bring Shoppers Back To East Market?

 

“Demolition work continues on the remaining structure along Market Street between 11th and 12th Streets.” | Photo: David Maialetti, for The Inquirer

“Demolition work continues on the remaining structure along Market Street between 11th and 12th Streets.” | Photo: David Maialetti, for The Inquirer

  • The Inquirer looks at how the City and developers hope to revitalize East Market Street, from “Mall to Hall.” The crux of East Market’s narrative during the past half-century, the piece shows us, is a series of awful prognostications, all based on fundamental misreadings of shopping in America: unrelenting optimism for the continued sway of the urban department store in 1963, followed in turn by an uncompromising reaction against that model in 1977 and 1983. And so the unabashed urban renewal on that corridor’s south side is a relatively straightforward and promising endeavor when compared to the questions still asked of detached and flailing Gallery.
  • City Lab shares some of Harvard Sociology PhD student Jackelyn Hwang’s research on how residents of South Philadelphia conceive their neighborhoods in the reference to their race, class, and other factors. Basically, “black residents ‘defined the neighborhood as a large and inclusive spatial area, using a single name and conventional boundaries, invoking the area’s black cultural history, and often directly responding to the alternative way residents defined their neighborhoods.’ But white residents saw their neighborhood as smaller, and used a number of names and more unconventional boundaries. They used these boundaries to delineate between their neighborhood and areas they saw as low-income or high crime.”
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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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