Dreaming For More (P)open Center City

 

The car-less corner of 13th & Locust | Photo: This Old City

The car-less corner of 13th & Locust | Photo: This Old City

  • This Old City’s Patrick Miner considers the rush of ecstatic typing undertaken by Philly urbanists in response to one of the many pleasant surprises from the papal weekend: Open Streets. No, make that Open Center City. “The traffic box produced something radically new,” says Miner. “The sheer amount of space and time over which we enjoyed people-oriented streets was unprecedented.  At first it was strange, but we got used to simultaneous quietude and vibrancy.”
  • In Northeast Philadelphia yesterday, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for a convent—built in the 1950s—that has been converted into the St. Raymond’s House, a shelter for 27 of the city’s chronically ill homeless persons, reports CBS Philly.
  • Streets Dept’s Conrad Benner stopped by Strawberry Mansion last week to take some photos of artist Joe Boruchow putting the finishing touches on his biggest mural yet, a pictorial celebration of the people and history of that neighborhood (especially the jazz of John Coltrane). The piece, designed and executed for the Mural Arts Program, runs along 33rd Street, from Girard to Oxford.
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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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