PhillyU Students Rethink East Falls Station

 

Since the last station building burned down in 1982, SEPTA's regional rail stop on Cresson Street in East Falls has been serviced by a trailer. This picture was taken in December 2012. | Photo: Adam Moss, Wikimedia

Since the last station building burned down in 1982, SEPTA’s regional rail stop on Cresson Street in East Falls has been serviced by a trailer. This picture was taken in December 2012. | Photo: Adam Moss, Wikimedia

  • During the previous semester, architect majors at Philadelphia University were asked to envision SEPTA’s East Falls Regional Rail station, which burned down in 1982, as it might appear in 2041 as an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant facility that supports the neighborhood’s commercial activity. The main challenges, says NewsWorks, are the site’s diminutive size and steep slope, which provide little opportunity for sufficient parking at this specific stop. The fifteen designs will be mined by a East Falls Development Corporation design committee, and their most appreciated and practical components will be incorporated into any formal presentation to SEPTA.
  • On the Philadelphia History Blog, Ken Finkel recounts the fire of January 26, 1897, a conflagration of “spectacular grandeur” that “defied the resources of the city,” and devastated 60 buildings on the blocks immediately east of City Hall, from the 13th and Juniper Streets, Market and Filbert Streets.
  • FCM Hospitality (Morgan’s Pier, Ortlieb’s Lounge, Dolphin Tavern, Drinker’s Tavern) has been (easily) selected to operate Parks on Tap, a summer pilot series from the Department of Parks & Recreation that will see two trucks—one for food, one for booze—pop up at 14 parks throughout the city during weekends from June 29 to October 2.
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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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