CDC To Celebrate Half Century Of Protecting And Enriching Chinatown

 

Chinatown's Friendship Gate at 10th & Arch Streets | Photo: G. Widman, for Visit Philadelphia

Chinatown’s Friendship Gate at 10th & Arch Streets | Photo: G. Widman, Visit Philadelphia

  • On May 6 the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation will celebrate its 50th anniversary, says Flying KiteIn that half-century, PCDC has successfully resisted various proposals to bulldoze parts of this regional nexus of Asian-American culture, including one for a more ambitious version of the Vine Street Expressway than we know today and a foregone plan to build Lincoln Financial Field and Citizen’s Bank Park there.
  • City Council will consider a bill—just recommended for approval by committee—that would require the installation of a fire-resistant coating on the roof trusses of new commercial buildings, reports NewsWorks, potentially improving their integrity enough to allow firefighters an extra hour for search and rescue operations if needed.
  • An effort is underway to have Major League Baseball’s $2 million Urban Youth Academy, now being tacked on to the Marian Anderson Recreation Center at 17th & Fitzwater Streets, named after Phillies player Ryan Howard, one of the 7,500-square-foot facility’s contributors.
  • Considering “that of all the major projects proposed for Washington Avenue in the last several years, the only one that’s actually getting built at this point is [a 60-foot-tall storage facility]” at its intersection with 23rd Street, Naked Philly reflects once more on the need to rezone that corridor.
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