At 22nd & Market, Ground Broken On Memorial Park

 

"Kadie Conteh, left, and Aiah Boya, center, the sister and husband of Roseline Conteh—who died in the Salvation Army building collapse at 22nd and Market—tie yellow ribbons around the shovels that will be used to break ground on the memorial at the site." | Photo: Michael Bryant, for philly.com

“Kadie Conteh, left, and Aiah Boya, center, the sister and husband of Roseline Conteh—who died in the Salvation Army building collapse at 22nd and Market—tie yellow ribbons around the shovels that will be used to break ground on the memorial at the site.” | Photo: Michael Bryant, Philly.com

  • Ground was ceremonially broken yesterday on the park that will memorialize the six victims of the June 5, 2013 Salvation Army building collapse. Any grumbling that a corner lot at 22nd & Market is too prominent a site to justify the anything less than dense commercial mixed-use here was negated by reiterations of its purpose: “By remembering those who died here, the memorial will serve as an enduring reminder that no land development, parking lot, office tower, and the profit they may generate is more precious than human life,” said Nancy Winkler, former city treasurer whose daughter Anne Bryan died in the collapse. The memorial park will be ready by fall.
  • WHYY’s Every ZIP Philadelphia series takes us to 19141 (Olney), where immigrant Fred Pinguel and his family orientated themselves to their new country and city through Broad Street. When they moved a few blocks away, they began to notice that reliance, just how much public transportation affords a city’s residents, and how much a place, and its people, matter.
  • If Pinguel’s anecdotal evidence isn’t enough to convince you as to the self-reinforcing social effects of place, perhaps a newly released data study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Virginia Commonwealth University will. Cross-referencing the life expectancies (from 2003-2012) for all 62 of Philadelphia’s zipcodes, the researchers identified gaps of up to 20 years (North Philly’s 68 years to Society Hill’s 88) in average rates between given zips.
  • Co-working firm Indy Hall has signed a lease for 10,000-square-feet of space at 399 Market Street, reports the Philadelphia Business Journal. One of the first to embrace the co-working model in the city when it began a decade ago, Indy Hall has since 2009 operated, in 8,000-square-feet, alongside the tech firms on North 3rd.
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