30th Street Station Envisioned As Centerpiece Of Second Downtown

 

A view, from Powelton Village, of what the 30th Street Station Dsitrict would look like if and when completed | Renderings by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, courtesy Amtrak

A view, from Powelton Village, of what the 30th Street Station Dsitrict would look like if and when completed | Renderings: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, courtesy Amtrak

  • Philly Mag’s Sandy Smith relates details and preliminary renderings of the 30th Street Station District Plan, unveiled yesterday morning by Amtrak, SEPTA and Drexel University officials. The $6.5 billion plan calls for the development of 18 million square feet within a mix of office, retail and residential buildings and 40 acres of open space, extending The Porch to the east and north sides of the building, constructing a much-needed intercity bus terminal to the north of the station, while connecting the SEPTA’s Market-Frankford station with the Amtrak facility by an all-weather underground concourse. “This project,” reflected State Sen. Vincent Hughes, “trumps anything else now under way or proposed in the city.”
  • NewsWorks takes us inside the Museum of the American Revolution at 3rd & Chestnut Streets, now about 80% constructed and financed. The 16,000-square-feet of exhibition space will be centered upon a grand curving staircase illuminated by natural light streaming from the  laylight in the roof of the third floor, said Scott Stephenson, vice president of collections, exhibitions, and programming. Although the museum’s staff is expected to occupy the building by September, a public opening date of April 19, 2017—the 242nd anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord—has been announced.
  • The Philadelphia Zoo has improved its smartphone app, says the Philadelphia Business Journal. The Zoo360insider update allows visitors to track the roaming animals throughout the Zoo360 trail system, easily take and share photos on social media, and donate to worthy causes, not to mention logistical tasks like tickets purchasing and wayfinding.
  • Details were announced yesterday for this summer’s pop-up park at Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, set to open to the public on July 15. Local artist Brad Carney has been selected to bring a “full-scale music-inspired abstract experience” to the Oval with the installation of his 25,000-square-foot Rhythm & Hues mural.
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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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