Photo: Sandy Smith
“Convenient to Public Transportation,” the flyer for 625 N. Front St. reads. “1/2 Block to the Market-Frankford El.”
Couldn’t get much closer than that. Unless, as is the case with this building, it was once part of the Market-Frankford El.
The building, on Front Street just south of Fairmount Avenue in Northern Liberties, has 7,000 square feet of space on its main floor and basement and features huge windows and a soaring three-story-high ceiling. That large-volume space comes from its original purpose: It served as the entrance to Fairmount station on the Frankford Elevated Railway.
The building for sale at 50th and Chestnut. Photo via Steve Powers' website.
You’ve seen them on the buildings along the route of the Market-Frankford El–artist Steve Powers’ “Love Letter” murals, which are evocative, poignant, funny and one of the most inventive projects the Mural Arts Program has ever done. Best seen from the train, with messages that use colloquial language and a mix of type and color, the murals are accessible to a range of people in a way art isn’t always. And what could enliven an El trip more than flashes of mysterious messages that zip by, making riders look forward to the next day’s ride to decode the buildings that often blur like blight?
Bob Machler, co-founder and former VP of the Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers (DVARP), died Thursday after a stroke. DVARP is a nonprofit that tenaciously safeguards the interests of those who travel by rail, and acts as a thorn in the side of lawmakers to advocate for improved and expanded service on SEPTA, NJ Transit, PATCO and Amtrak.