PHA Aims To Discourage Displacement In Massive Sharswood Rebuild

 

The intersection of 23rd & Nicholas Streets in Sharwsood, North Philadelphia | Photo: Alejandro A. Alvarez, for The Inquirer

The intersection of 23rd & Nicholas Streets in Sharwsood, North Philadelphia | Photo: Alejandro A. Alvarez, for The Inquirer

  • Inga Saffron offers her take on the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s ambitious vision to “preserve Sharswood as an oasis of affordability before the deluge” of gentrification rushes in from Francisville and Brewerytown. While there may be “definite logic” in the basic outline of its approach, “old-style urban renewal in new clothes” as it is, PHA nevertheless has no proven track record when it comes to juggling the needs of commercial redevelopment, urban design, placemaking, and preservation.
  • An 11-day pop-up museum exhibit opened yesterday at Eastern State Penitentiary surveying the various leisure activities pursued by some of the thousands of inmates housed there from 1829 to 1971. “They played games, they write letters,” senior specialist for research and public programming Annie Anderson explains to CBS Philly’s John McDevitt. “Since the beginning they were always allowed to exercise a couple of times a day. Exercise was a very important social fabric of the prison. Inmates joined teams, they played football, baseball, bocce ball.”
  • Naked Philly is happy to have chanced across a new foundation as far north along Front Street as at its intersection with Norris Street. According to its designers from Harman Deutsch, a three-story mixed-use is planned at 2008-2020 North Front, topped with 22 apartment units.
  • Sic Transit Philadelphia weighs the good and the bad of SEPTA’s Locally Preferred Alternative route (announced last week) to extend the Norristown High Speed Line to the King of Prussia mall and beyond.
About the author

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.

Send a message!



Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

Recent Posts
King of The Rats: How One Female Scientist Colonized The Modern Lab

King of The Rats: How One Female Scientist Colonized The Modern Lab

July 16, 2018  |  Vantage

Mickey Herr takes a look at the Wistar Rat, a true Philly original, and the groundbreaking female biologist that helped standardize science > more

Two New Historic Districts And Grand Court Protected

Two New Historic Districts And Grand Court Protected

July 13, 2018  |  News

Historical Commission says "yes" to 17 new additions to the local register. Starr Herr-Cardillo has the news > more

Victorian-era Philly Bicycle Routes Now Available Online

Victorian-era Philly Bicycle Routes Now Available Online

July 11, 2018  |  News

Rutgers University Libraries releases maps and tour guides of old Philadelphia bicycle routes from the 1890s. Julie Still gives us the details > more

RePoint Targets Preservation Crisis With Political Action

RePoint Targets Preservation Crisis With Political Action

July 10, 2018  |  Vantage

Dana Rice takes a look at RePoint Philadelphia, a new historic preservation PAC that aims to battle weak policies and procedures with political sway > more

Summer Break

Summer Break

July 2, 2018  |  News

Hidden City Daily is taking a short summer vacation. We'll be back next Monday, July 9th. Have a great Fourth of July! > more

Historical Commission Inches Its Way Back To District Designations

Historical Commission Inches Its Way Back To District Designations

June 29, 2018  |  News

After a long, mysterious hiatus, historic district nominations are back on the City's agenda. Next stop: Wayne Junction. Starr Herr-Cardillo reports > more