Combined Health, Literacy, And Rec Center Opens On South Broad

“South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center at Broad and Morris Streets, Monday May 9, 2016” | Photo: David Swanson, for The Inquirer

“South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center at Broad and Morris Streets, Monday May 9, 2016” | Photo: David Swanson, The Inquirer

  • At a ribbon-cutting ceremony held yesterday, Madeline Bell, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, touted her organization’s collaboration with numerous city agencies in the construction of the South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center at Broad and Morris Streets as “a real breakthrough.” The $45.2 million, 96,000-square-foot facility provides its lower-income, mostly immigrant neighborhood with a one-stop-shop for community wellness, combining CHOP’s new pediatric clinic with replacements for the City’s primary-care center, Free Library branch, and recreation center that previously occupied the space.
  • Noting the success of year one of Philadelphia’s Indego bike share program—in which more than 420,000 dock-to-dock trips were taken— The Inquirer staff encourages a redoubling of efforts: supporting Mayor Kenney’s call for a more equitable expansion to peripheral neighborhoods, making necessary streetscape alterations, while resetting much of a commuter culture biased against foot-powered vehicles.
  • Billy Penn’s Anna Orso investigates why phase 1 of the Reading Viaduct rail park—a quarter-mile stretch from Broad & Noble to 11th & Vine—has yet to break ground, while looking ahead to its expansion, which will require the acquisition of California-based development firm Reading International’s segment. Reading previously offered $2 million to the Rendell Administration to unload what was then a clear liability. Nearly two decades later the firm can afford to wait for the right price.
  • If a “Friends” group gets its way, a stormwater management project at Kensington’s Horatio B. Hackett Elementary will include what would only be the second ADA-accessible playground in the city, reports Flying Kite. Fundraising efforts began late last month for the $1.4 million build, which would allow the 27% of Hackett students that are in need of such a space for exercise and creative play.
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