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.”
About the author

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.

Send a message!



Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

Recent Posts
Op-ed: Balance Lost Buildings With Those Saved In 2018

Op-ed: Balance Lost Buildings With Those Saved In 2018

January 15, 2019  |  Soapbox

Paul Steinke of the Preservation Alliance offers a counterpoint to our Lost Buildings of 2018 list with this opinion piece > more

Jefferson Makes Room For Modernism With New Preservation Program

Jefferson Makes Room For Modernism With New Preservation Program

January 4, 2019  |  News

Jefferson University brings Modernist architecture to the forefront with their new historic preservation program and center for studies. Michael Bixler has the news > more

House Museum In North Philly Plans Monument For Former Slave

House Museum In North Philly Plans Monument For Former Slave

January 3, 2019  |  Vantage

Stenton, the former plantation house in Logan, prepares to honor Dinah with their new project, Inequality in Bronze. Keshler Thibert has the details > more

Lost Buildings of 2018

Lost Buildings of 2018

December 27, 2018  |  News

Philadelphia's preservation crisis reached a critical high in 2018 with a record-breaking number of demolition permits approved by the City. Here we highlight some of the biggest loses to our built environment in our annual end-of-year list > more

Having A Good One This Holiday Season In Philadelphia

Having A Good One This Holiday Season In Philadelphia

December 21, 2018  |  Last Light

Seasons Greetings from Hidden City! Michael Bixler dives deep into the archives and brings back a bounty of Philly holiday cheer > more

Best Architecture, Urban Design, & Public Art Of 2018

Best Architecture, Urban Design, & Public Art Of 2018

December 20, 2018  |  Vantage

It was a banner year for architecture, art, adaptive reuse, and design. JoAnn Greco shines a light on Philly's best projects of 2018 > more