December 3: Dilworth Plaza delays | Eataly for Philly? | Grant Avenue dangers | Hexamer Redux | Uptown update

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Don’t expect to walk across Dilworth Plaza until Labor Day 2014. The Daily News reports that the plaza’s renovation has hit some bumps, slowing construction and adding to the project’s cost. Construction crews discovered pipes and concrete staircases that were not on previous plans, which took extra time to remove. Center City District’s Paul Levy said the project is over budget by about 10%.

Talk of the town is that Philly could get an Eataly next year. Eataly, the Italian food superstore creation of Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich, and Joe Bastianich, has successful outposts in New York and Chicago. Some, like the Inquirer’s Michael Klein, think the first floor of the old Strawbridge’s building could be the location. Will Philadelphians support Eataly when Reading Terminal Market and DiBruno are within spitting distance of that location? Or is our love for those places exactly what will make Eataly successful?

The most dangerous city road for drivers over 65 is Grant Avenue in the Northeast. The Inquirer reviews the most crash-prone roads for senior drivers in the region, identified in a AAA study.

In Kensington artist Maria Möller is resurveying the remains of industry through a project called Hexamer Redux. Hidden City Daily explores Möller’s ongoing project, which seeks to “connect residents and participants with what was once there, but also with what the new sites could be” through research, conversation and art. At each ex-industrial site Möller is creating a new survey based on Hexamer fire insurance maps, and a related exhibition or installation on site.

The enormous and costly redevelopment of North Broad Street’s Uptown Theatre is making slow, but steady progress. Preservation Nation traces the project history to date. What it fails to note: labor negotiations have stalled plans to renovate the theater itself, as the Daily News reported last week.

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