We also called the area a civic “no-man’s land” since there was no registered community organization that would speak on behalf of the area’s residents (which some people took offense to on our Facebook page) when former single-family homes are split up into apartments.
Well, it turns out, the 7th Street corridor won’t be civic-less for long.
Our partner site Pennsporter reports that the wall fell down Friday while the building, at 2nd and Wharton, was being demolished. Power in the area was knocked out when debris struck overhanging electrical wires, causing a transformer explosion.
The park proposal includes a 55-foot tower that would have a lookout at 16 feet and a slender “phosphorescent glass cylinder” that would glow through the night.
One of the renderings included quite a wistful description of the sculpture, called “Land Buoy”:
Land Buoy is both a beacon and wind monitor. It tracks the currents of the sky with a “sail” whose action produces a deep, haunting sound. When the wind is calm, the buoy is silent, waiting. Inside the mesh skin a spiral stair, tapering off at 16 feet, provides a protected “bird in the trees” view of land and sea. The central column supporting the stairs becomes an illuminated light column around which a sail device spins, tracking wind currents.
There is an interesting pocket of South Philly nestled between Pennsport and East Passyunk Crossing. Visit Philly may call it Pennsport, but actually, it’s more of a “no man’s land” when it comes to civic affiliation, as well as residential and commercial development.
That could soon be changing, at least on the development end of things. A new renovation project is taking shape on the corner of 7th and McKean streets.
Each hood gets its own slick page, complete with a video highlighting the best of each neighborhood. You, dear readers, may be able to guess what the best might be, but much of the businesses would never be seen otherwise by some of our less adventurous visitors.
Philly police have some bad news for some drivers in Pennsport: No parking under I-95 between McKean and Mifflin streets, across from the Target store, beginning this Monday, April 1.
Thank you, Google Streetview
The Pennsport Civic Association sent out an email yesterday about the ban, which will be into effect until the end of May because of repair work on I-95. No specific date wasn’t given when the area would reopen.
But it’s unclear what that means for the historic firehouse, built in 1895 and whose crenellated tower is visible from I-95. One permit filed in January is “for the partial demolition of an existing building” and another filed last month says “demolition of existing building as part of secondary building.”