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.
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