February 3-7: Civic Design Review | CHOP presents Schuylkill project | Rail Park and tax abatement at DAG | Gentrification real talk | Samuel Fraunces story

EXAMINE: Civic Design Review

Tuesday, February 4, 1pm. 1515 Arch Street, Room 18-029. Two projects are on this month’s agenda: CHOP’s South Philadelphia Family Care Center at South Broad and Morris and a residential project on both sides of North Broad and Callowhill.

INFORM: CHOP Schuylkill Avenue Expansion

Wednesday, February 5, 6pm. The Philadelphia School, 501 South Street. Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania will present its plans for a major development at Schuylkill Avenue just below the South Street Bridge to south street neighbors and community groups at an informational meeting that begins the RCO process for this project.


Thursday, February 6, 8am sharp. 1218 Arch Street. Join the Design Advocacy Group to discuss two big Philly design issues. From 8-8:30am Rail Park board members will give a project update and describe what’s next for the proposed park. (Cancelled: From 8:30-9:20am economist Kevin Gillen and developer John Westrum will present the findings of their study about the effect of the 10-year tax abatement on a Westrum project in Brewerytown.) Free.

DEBATE: Gentrification from Rhetoric to Reality

Thursday, February 6, 6pm. PennDesign, Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street. Come talk gentrification with Penn Planning professor Laura Wolf Powers, People’s Emergency Center’s Kira Strong, and Columbia planning professor Lance Freeman, author of There Goes the Hood: Views of Gentrification from the Ground Up. Free.

CONSIDER: The President’s House Revisited Behind the Scenes: Charles L. Blockson on the Samuel Fraunces Story

Friday, February 7, 3-5pm. Temple University, Sullivan Hall, 1330 Polett Walk. Charles L. Blockson will discuss his latest publication, The President’s House Revisited Behind the Scenes: The Samuel Fraunces Story about the life of Samuel Fraunces,  a black man who worked as a spy, cook and steward for George Washington at the President’s House in Philadelphia. Free.

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