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The three conceptual diagrams to be shown to the public Wednesday night during an open house.

The three conceptual diagrams to be shown to the public Wednesday night during an open house | Source: PlanPhilly

  • At an open house planned for tomorrow evening, the 17-member organization team behind the 30th Street Station District Plan (centering on the capping and development of the riverside rail yards) will unveil three diagrams—not plans—that provide the public with general design options: 1) “Central Business District 2,” 2) “Schuylkill Crossing,” and 3) an “Innovation City.” Plan Philly can’t help but be impressed by the apt call for scale here, especially “in a city long accustomed to settling for the cheaper, less-transformative option.”
  • Roxborough residents “don’t want the ugly, new, modern housing that you see on Sharp Street or on Manayunk Avenue,” reflects Chip Roller, the Vice President of the Wissahickon Interested Citizens Association. And they certainly would like to keep their neighborhood’s architectural history as a 19th century mill-hill town. The Roxborough Review follows the response of residents in the Northwest to recent threats of residential demolition; the fall of the Bunting House in 2012 encouraged (finally) the start of the civically-responsible discussions needed to stem the tide of such historical indifference. Last week, Roller asked Councilman Curtis Jones Jr.’s office to prepare legislation that would rezone the eastern, underused portion of Main Street in the Wissahickon neighborhood from industrial to mixed-use commercial. A Neighborhood Conservation Kit has also been started, which could eventually lead to the adoption of a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay that could regulate, in part, the redesign of extant structures. (Similar designations have been made in Queen Village and Overbrook Farms in recent years.)

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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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