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Lost in South Philly

New developments in South Philly have recently resulted in the loss of some historic and artistic fabric.

Mario Lanza’s childhood home at 636 Christian Street is currently being demolished, reports Nick Vadala in this piece at philly.com.  Lanza, the South Philly-raised opera singer and movie star, spent his early years at the house. According to the article:

The two-floor rowhome, along with several other adjacent properties, will be replaced with two 43-foot-tall buildings that will share a gated driveway, according to proposed construction plans.

Lanza’s home is located around the corner from the Institute and Museum that bears his name which we wrote about last week.

636 Christian Street. Google Maps.

Hidden City has more information about the state historic marker at the Lanza home, as well a marker outside the home of another notable South Philadelphia artist, Frank Gasparro.  Gasparro’s birthplace at 727 Carpenter Street was raised last summer. As the piece points out, the historic markers, “…provide zero legal protection to historic structures in Philadelphia.”

“Markers are dedicated to honor people, places and events,” said Sean Adkins, Digital Director of the PHMC.  “The history of the subjects of the two historical markers in question, a significant musician and a significant artist, is unchanged by the demolition of the buildings where the markers are located.”

Frank Gasparro house, 727 Carpenter (on right) before demolition. Google Maps.

Gasparro house site. Google Maps.

Across South Philly, the soon-to-be-lost “Dream in Flight” mural on Point Breeze Avenue near Dickinson was featured in a recent piece on the BillyPenn blog about murals disappearing due to new construction.

Mural Arts Executive Director Jane Golden estimates around three murals per year are covered up by development. The problem isn’t new — but it’s only gotten worse as the pace of construction has spiked.

“We do our work against a backdrop of the city evolving,” Golden told Billy Penn. “Cities are fluid and dynamic and always moving. Nothing stays the same.”

Dream in Flight mural, Point Breeze Avenue & Dickinson St. Google Maps.

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What's Happening in:  South Broad Street :  Whitman 

Mayor Kenney to Visit Two South Philly Sites Today

The Mayor’s Office of Communications announced that Mayor Kenney would visit two sites in South Philadelphia today.

First off, at 11 a.m., the Mayor will speak at a celebration of CHOP’s South Philadelphia Community Health & Literacy Center, 1700 S. Broad St.

The Mayor will deliver remarks at this event to celebrate Citizens Bank’s support of the Health and Literacy Center.

At Noon the Mayor is due across town at the Whitman Library Play Space Ribbon Cutting. Located at 200 Snyder Ave., the library’s indoor play space is one of three the Free Library is installing in an effort to allow children to relieve some of their pent-up energy after school.

We’ll have more details on the play space in a future article, but if it’s anything like the one dedicated at the Cecil B. Moore Library in North Philadelphia in April, there will be an element of risk involved, as designer Meghan Talarowski of Studio Ludo told Plan Philly’s Shai Ben-Yaacov:

Risky play is the idea of encouraging kids to use their bodies in different ways that are developmentally appropriate for them…As we grow, we automatically want to do slightly riskier things with our bodies. We want to move more, we want to jump off of things, be higher…

Read the whole story here.

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

This Week: More South Philly Street Paving

The Streets Department announced additional street paving work in South Philadelphia for the week of June 4th.

The work schedule includes temporary, full street closures and parking restrictions. Weather or special events in the area may alter the resurfacing schedule.  Area streets where work will take place include:

With the work comes a heads-up about parking:

If you park one of these streets, watch out for temporary ‘No Parking’ signs posted in advance of the paving work.  Streets department cautions that, “Residents are urged to move their cars from the work sites when temporary ‘No Parking’ signs are posted, so that vehicles are not towed.  In the event a car is towed, please contact your local Police District to determine its location.  Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling around the work areas.

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

South Philly water main and sewer replacement work

Last month we reported that the Water Department is seeking a rate increase to fund expedited repairs to the City’s aging water mains and sewers. On May 25th, in a piece aptly titled “Residents wait wearily as Water Dept. takes months to replace sewers and mains,” Plan Philly’s Jim Saska told the story of two South Philly blocks (of many) which are currently enduring long-lasting replacement projects:

Replacing water mains and sewers is labor-intensive, slow work that needs to stop in inclement weather. Still, work on any given block could be finished more quickly — weeks often pass between the water main’s replacement and the sewer’s replacement, and more weeks again before paving begins.

Saska interviewed residents of the 2300 block of South Mole Street and 1500 block of South Carlisle Street. On Carlisle Street, he writes:

[PWD Work] started in February,” said Jen Devor, block captain of the 1500 block of South Carlisle Street. “It was absolutely, totally finished two weeks ago.” “February of 2017,” she clarified — the work took 15 months to complete. Devor’s road was a muddy pit for only about a third of that period, but seasons changed before the final touches were put in place.

The Philadelphia Water Department has an interactive map of active and upcoming projects. You can find the map here. Click on the green and red areas to see details about each project.

Map of Philadelphia Water Department improvement projects. Green indicates an active project, red shows upcoming projects that will begin within a year. View the map at the link listed above.

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Street Repaving Redux

Last week we reported on the imminent repaving of the South Philly streets that were milled (stripped of the top layer of asphalt) about a month ago.  Sadly, rain put a halt to some of the planned work.  This week, the Streets Department hopes to complete the following paving projects:

Street re-paving work scheduled for the week of May 21st.

As we mentioned last week:

If you park one of these streets, watch out for temporary ‘No Parking’ signs posted in advance of the paving work.  Streets department cautions that, “Residents are urged to move their cars from the work sites when temporary ‘No Parking’ signs are posted, so that vehicles are not towed.  In the event a car is towed, please contact your local Police District to determine its location.  Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling around the work areas.”

Freshly-paved South 11th Street just below Snyder Avenue.

 

 

 

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

South Philly streets to be paved this week!

Watch for signs and be sure to move your car if you’re parked on one of these streets!

Say goodbye to dodging raised manhole covers and bumping around on uneven asphalt!

Late last week we received news from the Streets Department that streets in South Philly which have been “milled” for the past two weeks (or more) will be paved this week.

According to their message, “Streets listed below are scheduled for paving, a final phase in the resurfacing process. Operations for the paving will be performed during the day hours, between 7AM and 4PM.  The anticipated time to complete the paving of each street segment varies and is dependent on the length and width of the street. Work is being performed by City crews.”

The streets to be paved include:

Blocks Street From To
1700 – 2700 9th St Oregon  Ave Morris St
1600 – 1700 10th St Tasker St Moore St
700 – 730 10th St Fitzwater St Bainbridge St
1600 – 2700 11th St Oregon  Ave Passyunk  Ave
1300 – 2000 13th St Snyder Ave Tasker St
100 – 900 Dickinson St 9th St Front St
Unit Front St Snyder Ave Oregon  Ave
2100 Front St Intersection Shunk St
100 – 1400 Jackson  St Broad  St Front  St
2400 Swanson St Oregon Ave Ritner St
Unit Tasker St Water St Dead End East
1700 – 2700 9th St Oregon  Ave Morris St
Unit Front St Snyder Ave Oregon  Ave

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