Looking Ahead With John Grady At PIDC

 

“John Grady in the Naval Yard, a project PIDC spearheaded. It also helps finance projects such as the Gallery makeover, and makes loans.” | Photo: David Swanson, for The Inquirer

“John Grady in the Naval Yard, a project PIDC spearheaded. It also helps finance projects such as the Gallery makeover, and makes loans” | Photo: David Swanson, for The Inquirer

  • The Inquirer’s Jane M. Von Bergen interviews John Grady, chief executive of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, who reflects upon the total rebound of urban development’s fortunes he has witnessed during his career in regional planning. Now, with an antithetical relationship to the success of live-work placemaking in cities greatly aided by its popularity with millennials, it is the suburbs that will wage an uphill battle to retain their residents, workers, and tax dollars. Merely modifying their approach won’t be enough for the more isolated suburban communities, he argues. Can “they really replicate the authenticity people seem to be seeking? It’s not just about having a bedroom near where you work. It’s about the quality of life that you can enjoy.”
  • Sharswood’s Norman Blumberg Apartments were imploded on Saturday morning by the Philadelphia Housing Authority. A stone’s throw away, the congregants of the 90-year-old Miller Memorial Baptist at North 22nd Street spoke with Plan Philly’s Ashley Hahn about the changes they have weathered and their hopes for the Housing Authority’s half-billion dollar scheme to transform the neighborhood.
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!



1 Comment


  1. Plan Philly gets the neighborhood wrong again – This project is not IN Fairmount but in Spring Garden – unlike many others it is a neighborhood and historic district that has worked really hard to preserve the historic character of the area. It is ON Fairmount Avenue. It’s a welcome development of a fine building.

Leave a Reply

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

Recent Posts
New Book Claims PAFA As Catalyst For Modern Design

New Book Claims PAFA As Catalyst For Modern Design

November 21, 2017  |  Walk the Walk

In his new book, "First Modern," historian George E. Thomas asserts that Frank Furness opened the door to Modernism in 1876 with his design of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Joe Brin walks us through the architectural brilliance of the nation's first art school with this review > more

After 45 Years, Brandywine Workshop Still Thinking Creatively

After 45 Years, Brandywine Workshop Still Thinking Creatively

November 20, 2017  |  Vantage

It looks quiet, but the old 19th century firehouse at 730 South Broad Street, home of Brandywine Workshop, is buzzing with art and adaptation. Contributor Karen Chernick takes us behind the blue-green doors. > more

Cret Exhibition Captures Vibrations Of The City

Cret Exhibition Captures Vibrations Of The City

November 17, 2017  |  Vantage

Illustrator Ben Leech enlivens the dying art of architectural drawing with his exhibition, "Cret Illustrated: Revisiting a Philadelphia Icon in Sketches," at Woodlands Cemetery. Michael Bixler has the preview > more

Task Force Inches Closer To Delivering

Task Force Inches Closer To Delivering “State Of Preservation” Report

November 16, 2017  |  News

Mayor Kenney's Historic Preservation Task Force convened today for their fourth official meeting. Starr Herr-Cardillo reports > more

Give $$$, Get a Cool Perk: 2017 Campaign

November 13, 2017  |  Uncategorized

  Now more than ever, independent journalism needs the support of readers like you. DONATE to the Hidden City Daily today and receive something nifty in return. > more

Long-Forgotten Furness Building Discovered in Logan

Long-Forgotten Furness Building Discovered in Logan

November 13, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow unearths a little-known Frank Furness design at the old Messiah Univeralist Home in North Philly > more