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Good Bad And Ugly In Fishtown
Dated: May 21 2016
This week, as 25,000 architects have descended upon Philadelphia for the AIA Convention - and Nathaniel Popkin chatted with ArchPaper about the challenges historic preservation faces in our "World Heritage City" - Hidden City has turned its attention on Fishtown.
With some 300 years to evolve, it has, like any good neighborhood, built a melange of layers - industrial, commercial, lots of residential. Much of it was destroyed in one swoop when I-95 slashed its way along the Delaware River. This week, we've looked at the small handful of Fishtown buildings protected by historic designation; many others have not been protected. Others still have put new use to old bones.
This blog article, looks at the explosion of new construction in the past ten years, almost entirely residential. With the exception of SugarHouse Casino, Fishtown hasn't really seen any large non-residential buildings constructed in the same period (mixed-use excepted, as they have residential on top). Some of the homes are contextually sensitive and use respective materials; others very clearly get the most bang for the buck.
But there's no accounting for taste, of course. Where Cecil Baker might see a plague of SpongeBob Square Bays, others might see beautiful new members of a community.
Please not: this survey is by no means complete, just a wide representation taken from all across the neighborhood.
To continue reading, please go to our friends at Hidden City: http://hiddencityphila.org/2016/05/good-bad-and-ugly-a-survey-of-fishtowns-new-construction/
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