The Bartram’s Mile(stone)

 

“A rendering of how the NHP Overlook, part of the Bartram’s Mile project, will look after completion.” | Andropogon

“A rendering of how the NHP Overlook, part of the Bartram’s Mile project, will look after completion.” | Rendering: Andropogon

  • With formal construction work expected to begin any day now on the Bartram’s Mile segment of the Schuylkill River Trail, Inga Saffron travels to the Kingsessing site with the project’s landscape architect Jose Almiñana of Andropogon Associates. He shows her a park that is already there, as large self-seeded elm, locust, and sassafras trees have had simply to be pruned down to create an instant shaded grove. The industrial legacy of the environment has also been considered–indentations left by oil tanks inform the placement of knolls and concrete foundations repurposed as benches for the resting jogger. “Though there is still years of work ahead, the progress over the last decade suggests a steady, incremental approach is an effective way to reclaim our once-industrialized waterfronts for the public’s enjoyment.” Next step: make the Schuylkill River Development Corporation board a bit more representative of the diverse set of interests making that dream a reality.
  • The Associated Press reports that the Philadelphia Museum of Art has received a major bequest of over 50 works of American art and $10 million from the estate of local philanthropist Daniel Dietrich II. “Besides [Edward] Hopper’s 1962 painting Road and Trees, the gift includes works by contemporary artists Cy Twombly, Philip Guston, Agnes Martin, Eva Hesse and Paul Thek.”
  • Forbes travel writer Larry Olmstead considers some of the many reasons why the Democratic National Committee settled on Philadelphia for its nominating convention in July.
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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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