A new Philadelphia is going up around us. If you take a look around the city , you can see evidence of new construction going up just about everywhere. The FMC tower is going up on the west shore of the Schuykill, joining the Cira Center. Comcast 2 is becoming visible on Arch Street, soon to be the tallest building in the city. Luxury high rise condo buildings are popping up in Center City and new townhouses are sprouting in neighborhoods from Gray’s Ferry to Port Richmond.
The east end of Market Street will soon look much different. After decades of being ignored, the Gallery mall is getting a much needed updating and new mixed commercial and residential buildings are being constructed along this end of Market Street. This still leaves the surface parking lot at 8th and Market to be developed, but I am sure that now this will become a possibility.
Even our urban spaces are getting a major updating. Our signature “Love Park” , officially known as JFK Plaza will look much different in a few years. While the great fountain and pool will be gone ( so jump in while you can!) the mid century “Flying Saucer” building will be retained and brought into the 21st century. Few people realize that this park is actually the roof of a parking garage, and one of the reasons for the re-design of the park is so that improvements can be made to the garage. The new park will be greener and will still have a fountain for your enjoyment.
The waterfront is finally starting to get it’s due with new parks on the old piers along the river. The popularity of Spruce Street Harbor Park is a great example of our desire to embrace our river. Spruce Street Harbor was planned last year as a temporary “Pop-Up” park, but I have a feeling it may just become a permanent fixture for our enjoyment.
Even Septa is getting into the renovation act. New train cars are now in service and there is a rumor that new trolley cars may be in our future. 15th Street Station (City Hall), where the Broad Street and Market –Frankford lines intersect with the Subway –Surface (trolley)lines will start to be renovated. This is a complicated and long term job as the station is literally threaded through the deep foundations of City Hall.
Change in cities is constant, but often we don’t really take the time to notice what is going on. Great things are happening in this city, I hope this is just the start of making our home an even better place to live.
Author:Steve Drabkowski Phone: 215-760-5825 Dated: May 30th 2015 Views: 994 About Steve: Steve has been a long term resident of Philadelphia, coming here in 1983 and being stationed at the ...
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