On March 7, a group of South Philadelphia neighbors gathered at the East Passyunk Community Recreation Center to talk about their block of Jessup Street. A map of the block decorated a long table. Brian Phillips, founder and principal of Interface Studio Architects, led a discussion centered on open-ended questions.
- “Where were you born, and how did you come to live on the block?”
- “Do you have any personal objects that tell the history of your neighborhood?”
- “Are there any holidays that define your block?”
- “What might you like to change?”
As the two-hour session moved forward, attendees covered the map in arrow-shaped sticky notes and drew with marker. They wrote memories, histories, and present-day observations. Continue Reading →