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.
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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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  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.

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