March 10-14: Founding Philadelphia | Washington Avenue Study | Creative Neighborhood Redevelopment | Investing in People and Places | Historical Commission

This week brings talks about Philly history, creativity, and redevelopment; updates on a study of Washington Avenue; and a Historical Commission meeting considering the Boyd Theatre’s fate. 

LEARN: Building Philadelphia – Penn’s Plan and the Founding of the City

Tuesday, March 11, 6-8pm. Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street. This year’s Building Philadelphia lecture series returns this week with John Andrew Gallery’s look at the founding of Philadelphia. $20 for individual lecture, $10 for students/AIA associates.

DISCUSS: Washington Avenue Public Meeting

Tuesday, March 11, 6-7:30pm. Grace Peace & Community Church, 1701 Washington Ave. Learn about the Washington Avenue Transportation & Parking Study, discuss safety issues and enforcement, and see the final roadway configuration. Open to the public.

TALK: Creative Neighborhood Redevelopment

Thursday, March 13, 7-9pm. Mantua Haverford Community Center, 631 N 39th Street. Discuss how artists are leading creative neighborhood redevelopment across the country with Rick Lowe (Project Row Houses, Houston, TX), Kyong Park (Los Angeles/Detroit), and Transformazium (Braddock, PA). Free, register online.

STRATEGIZE: Investing in People and Places

Friday, March 14, 8:30-11:30am. DVRPC, 190 North Independence Mall West. Learn about Greater Philadelphia’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, and discuss priorities for public investment, job creation, economic development, and talent attraction/retention. RSVP online.

HEARING: Philadelphia Historical Commission, Boyd Theatre Hardship

Friday, March 14, 9am. 1515 Arch Street, Room 18-029. At its March meeting the Philadelphia Historical Commission will consider various alterations, the construction of a tower behind Lit Brothers on Market Street, and the hardship application for the Boyd Theatre. Open to the public.

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