Philly’s Recreational Centers Are Wrecked

 

"Brian Sell, supervisor of the Athletic Recreation Center on N. 26th St., and Diane Scott, the after school program coordinator for the center, stand for a portrait February 23, 2016 in a former play room the was set up with ping pong tables but now a repository for boxes and miscellaneous things." | Photo: Clem Murray, for The Inquirer

“Brian Sell, supervisor of the Athletic Recreation Center on N. 26th St., and Diane Scott, the after school program coordinator for the center, stand for a portrait February 23, 2016 in a former play room the was set up with ping pong tables but now a repository for boxes and miscellaneous things.” | Photo: Clem Murray, for The Inquirer

  • The Inquirer’s Mike Newall enumerates some the horrifying sites to be had among the city’s myriad of underfunded recreation centers: “Soiled carpets and broken furniture. Leaky roofs and tattered playgrounds. Bare supply closets. Crud-covered floors. Stoves that reek of gas. Toilets that spill sewage.” Far from the City’s most pressing funding item, the failure to address such deplorable, chronic conditions speaks to “the worth we’ve assigned to our children,” argues Newall. Perhaps Mayor Kenney’s campaign pitch to move past the automatic deference paid to Center City’s needs at the expense of its long-suffering neighborhoods will be actually taken up in earnest.
  • Mayor Jim Kenney spoke at today’s ceremonial ground breaking for the Parkway Corporation’s and Hanover Company’s mixed-use development coming to the southwest and southeast corners of North Broad & Callowhill Streets. His progressivism framed his boosterism. “The more tower cranes and the construction activity you see going,” he said, “it means how healthy our city is and it will help us attack the 26 percent poverty rate that we’re facing in our town.” Specifics on how the real estate boom and luxury apartments in Center City will improve conditions for the city’s impoverished were not forthcoming. 
  • Peter Crimmins discusses “International Pop,” an exhibit opening today at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that showcases a diverse selection from the mid-twentieth century arts movement of that name. Necessarily beginning within victorious capitalist countries of the Second World War, the movement would spread as far as Madison Avenue’s magazines, translating its intentionally gimmicky allure to many a vernacular style.
  • Work is just now nearing completion on the $4 million netting of the crumbling CSX bridge along 25th Street, says the Passyunk Post. Large sections of concrete have fallen onto Washington Avenue for years, say neighbors, with a January 2014 incident doing the most to encourage Councilman Kenyatta Johnson to seek its timely renovation. A “near-tragic” incident in April, coming just two weeks after a four-phase restoration plan was announced, was not enough to expedite the process. Another 3-to-5 years are needed to repair the drainage system, replace the parapet walls, and resurface the underside of the bridge.
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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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