Starting today and continuing for the next month, Eakins Oval will be a shiny new public space for your enjoyment. Branded The Oval, the surface parking lot that sits in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art has been spray painted with various designs to make it more welcoming, and various events will give people a different reason to visit every day. You may recall, we first gave you the heads up about this idea a couple of weeks ago.
We made our way over there today to see what The Oval looks like in real life, and found it to be a pretty cool example of place making. A coat of paint, food trucks, giant-sized board games, and cafe tables all contribute to make it feel less like a parking lot and more like a place that you…
Last week, the City announced that beginning on July 17th, Eakins Oval in front of the Art Museum steps will be playing host to an inviting park and exciting project.
From the Parks and Recreation’s announcement on their website, “eight acres of public space at the base of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway” will become a place to meet, play, and engage in activities offered by participating organizations. There is more information and renderings here.
Running through August 20th, the currently paved parking lot space will convert to large open blocks of pedestrian-friendly turf with inviting benches, a stage for free live entertainment and movie nights, and the city’s best food trucks coming through every day. According to the drawings, there will be seating for eating, lawn games to play, sandboxes to dig, and sprinklers for hot…
Last month, we gave you the heads up that demolition was underway at the former Patriot Parking garage in Logan Square. This has been in the works for a couple of years at 206-12 N. 22nd St., but the project has changed slightly from its original incarnation with the entry of a new developer into the picture.
In case you don’t remember, that developer is Michael Carosella, the guy who’s built a collection of high-end homes in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood in the last couple of years. And soon, he’ll be building five more fancy homes, this time a little further north. We’ll bring you another update once those homes are in the ground.
A reader tipped us off that they spotted a protest today at the site of the building collapse at 22nd & Market. Apparently, Jurich Inc, a demolition contractor, has been hired to clear out the site, but some union guys don’t believe that their workers are being paid a fair wage. As you can see, there’s still so much debris to clear out.
In a city where dozens, nay, hundreds of projects are currently underway using non-union labor, you’d think these guys would have the good taste to protest someplace other than the site of a terrible tragedy. You’d imagine that they’d find some other place to make their point, whether you agree with it or not. You’d hope that they could respect this site and allow this grim work to come to a rapid conclusion.
But nah, why would they do that?
Back in February, we updated you on the ongoing demolition at the old Forum Theater and told you about upcoming plans to demolish three structures on the south side of the 2100 block of Market Street. Those buildings, previously home to Les Gals and Hoagie City, have been undergoing demolition for the last several weeks, until today when the Hoagie City building collapsed. The collapse not only brought down what was left of the Hoagie City building, but it also took out the Salvation Army building, located on the corner of 22nd & Market. There was apparently a demolition crew inside the Hoagie City building, and employees and shoppers inside the store when the building came down around 10:40 this morning.
Back in February
Image from this morning, from Flickr library of luidude
It’s amazing, but it’s been over a year since we last checked in on the new Family Court building at 15th & Arch. When we last were here, it was a mere hole in the ground. But oh, what a difference fifteen months makes!
Over a year ago
From Arch St.
Glass is starting to go up
While there’s still plenty of work to be done here, it’s encouraging to see all the progress that’s taken place. We’ll check back here in a few months, and should have some photos that look a little more like this: