Revival Without Displacement In Point Breeze

 

"Developer Ori Feibush has proposed building 22 rowhouses on the vacant lot at 20th and Wharton Street in Point Breeze." | Photo: Tom Gralish, for The Inquirer

“Developer Ori Feibush has proposed building 22 rowhouses on the vacant lot at 20th and Wharton Street in Point Breeze.” | Photo: Tom Gralish, for The Inquirer

  • Understanding both the legitimate fears of Point Breeze residents being displaced and the economic imperative of gentrification in ensuring the improvement of their neighborhood, The Inquirer’s Inga Saffron outlines a path toward a truly dynamic mixed-income community. Long-term residents need to appreciate how increased density benefits them and how demands for disproportionate and myopic community benefits do not. Developers should do more to stabilize and fill the Point Breeze commercial corridor and, rather than build pockets of new affordable housing, invest in the more cost-effective practice of renovating extant residences.
  • The first one hundred days since Indego Bike Share’s April launch have been a remarkable success, Aaron Ritz and Cara Ferrentino of the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities tells PlanPhilly—and they have the numbers to prove it. As previously reported, it only took two months to reach the 100,000th ride. That number is now up to 180,000, pointing to a steady increase in usage. Ritz and Ferrentino also discuss plans for next spring’s phase two of the program, set to expand the number of bicycles and stations nearly threefold. The system will be expanded well past phase one’s focus on Greater Center City, with particular focus on servicing the Schuylkill River Trail.
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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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