Alley Re-Making As Place Making

 

Rendering courtesy of Groundswell Design Group & Asian Arts Initiative

A reenvisioned Pearl Street | Rendering courtesy of Groundswell Design Group & Asian Arts Initiative

  • Repaving work on the 400 block of Reed Street has been put on hold, says the Passyunk Post, as crews have uncovered wooden pavers—potentially original— just north of the old Mt Sinai Hospital. The recovered blocks will likely find their way into an area museum, and some new blocks may be laid in their place,  preserving the memory of this block’s form in 1905, when, if original, they were considered the most discreet pavement option for any respectable new hospital hoping to promise at least something of a respite from the otherwise incessant din of Pennsport’s wharfs.
  • The Philadelphia Business Journal discusses the University City District’s pre-papal makeover of the Market Street Bridge. Installing “planters with native plants and trees, bleacher seating that provides a place to sit and view the river, and pergolas at the main entry points of the bridge,” UCD “wanted it to be a little more unique than rehashing the idea of the Porch [at 30th Street Station],” said Nate Hommel, director of planning and design. The planters and seating will stay in place until summer, when the Democratic National Convention comes to town. They will then be removed to allow for the bridge’s redecking.
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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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