Embracing The Quirky Confines Of Trinity Homes

 

A trinity house in Weatherill Court, Society Hill | Photo collage: TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach

A trinity house in Weatherill Court, Society Hill | Photo collage: TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach

  • The blog Atlas Obscura feels that Philadelphia’s trinity houses do not get the attention they deserve, citing these “proud and weird and beautiful” homes as succinct narrators of the city’s history. A tour of writer Danielle Burrows’ Queen Village trinity quickly reveals why the compact style is not for everyone. According to Burrows, to live in what is basically “a very large stairwell,” you’ll need to forgo a box spring mattress, interior doors, and a fair amount of privacy. Still, she wishes she could stay in her cumbersome home indefinitely, but her 6’3’’ fiancée can barely fit into the kitchen, and making plans to house a family in such tight quarters is near impossible. 
  • Alterra Property Group and MIS Capital L.L.C. will join in Bart Blatstein’s transformation of Broad Street and Washington Avenue with Lincoln Square, an eight-story mixed-use complex of 356 apartments and 74,000-square-feet of retail space on the northwest corner, says The Inquirer’s Jacob Adelman. The project commemorates the old Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad train depot where Philadelphians paid their final respects to Abraham Lincoln after his assassination. The project intends to renovate the 1870s train shed to be used for a supermarket.
  • According to a new report from Economic Innovation Group, Philadelphia ranks 5th among major American cities in the number of residents living in “distressed” zip codes(some 670,000 people, or 43.3%), says The Philadelphia Tribune. Speaking to the prospect of more economic development dollars coming from the federal government after President Obama’s selection in 2014 of two square miles of West Philadelphia as a “Promise Zone,” longtime resident Khabyr Hadas wonders to whom such a promise has been made. “You want to know what I see happening?,” he says. “I see the gradual influx of white people with money coming into the community and poor black people being squeezed out.”
  • NBC News considers the DIY realties of living in “the only major American city without a comprehensive street cleaning program,” exploring the block captain program that the Streets Department relies upon to conduct some 6,000 clean ups each year, and the political obstacles—including an idiosyncratic parking culture—keeping it from resuming citywide service. This year’s Spring Cleanup is Saturday, April 9.
  • Over the weekend landscaping companies in Roxborough assisted in repairing part of the damage from last month’s ATV vandalism to the grounds of the Lankenau Environmental Science Magnet School, reports the Roxborough Review.
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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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