DAG Digs Into Blatstein Proposals

 

Tower Investments' latest rendering for its proposed megabuild at South Broad Street & Washington Avenue

Tower Investments’ latest rendering for its proposed megabuild at South Broad Street & Washington Avenue

  • In The Inquirer, the chair of the Design Advocacy Group, Elise Vider, relates her organization’s collective disdain for the regressive design work now being shopped around by Bart Blatstein’s Tower Investments. Calling 34-story, 1,000 unit proposal for Broad & Washington “stunningly overbuilt and out of scale,” Vider suggests Tower ought to cut up the superblock in order to create a transformative space at this important gateway to Center City. Another project, on the Delaware riverfront between Reed and Tasker Streets, really should be scrapped entirely, for it runs counter to the Master Plan for the Central Delaware Waterfront, which seeks to reconnect Philadelphians to their chief river, not impose acres of asphalt and routine big-box stores to keep them from it.
  • The Philadelphia Historical Commission voted unanimously on Friday to include two religious paintings—“St. Joseph, Patron of the Augustinian Order” and “Our Mother of Consecration”—in St. Augustine Catholic Church at 4th & New Streets in the local historic registry, reports Plan Philly. The decision is yet another win for prodigious historic nominator Celeste Morello, and another lose for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, increasingly adamant that secular authorities hold little jurisdiction over sacred spaces and artwork.
  • Naked Philly checks in on Project HOME’s latest project, an 88-unit complex with nearly 2,500-square-feet of retail space by North Broad & Cumberland Streets.
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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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