We already know that our beloved 30th Street Station–yes, we’re still calling it that–is one of the busiest hubs in the nation. But what will it be like in the year 2040? As Jim Saksa of PlanPhilly points out, that’s partially up to you, boss:
The district plan is a joint effort by Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, SEPTA and other stakeholders to create an implementable vision for the 175-acre area surrounding the station.
In the coming months, the team will develop three different scenarios for the district come 2040. Following another round of public feedback and feasibility studies, those three scenarios will be synthesized into a single District Plan, which will be fully implementable the day it’s released (sometime around fall 2016).
So, do you really want to see the rail yards north of 30th Street Station capped and turned into a platform for the next office and residential towers in a confluence of transportation, residential and commercial activity? Then you kind of have to get involved.
In order for the rail yard cap to happen, that land (technically, the air rights above it) needs to be worth enough to justify the tremendous cost of covering it. Just as the development of Hudson Yards is covering the price of putting a lid on the West Side Yard, burying the rail yard would be effectively paid for with the rent from the skyscrapers built on top.
Here’s to get (and stay) involved in the process. You can also take this handy survey to help out even more!
• Will plans for 30th St. Station District include capping rail yards? That’s up to you [PlanPhilly]
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After reaching out to a Drexel University’s Director of Media Relations, we’ve received word that the former University City High School building is facing a possible late February demolition.
The news comes after the above photo, which is that of the former Charles Drew Elementary School, surfaced on Instagram. Charles Drew, along with the now demolished Walnut Center, is on the 14-acre property comprising the UCHS site, which Drexel and Wexford Science & Technology purchased last year.
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We’ll be blogging from the Philly Chef Conference at Drexel University today. Follow the conference on Twitter with the hashtag #PhillyChefConference. Or check out our highlights below.
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Drexel University’s second annual Philly Chef Conference takes place this Sunday and Monday. Monday’s chef-only sessions are already sold out but a limited number of tickets remain to Sunday, January 11th’s public event.
In addition to a keynote address by acclaimed baker and teacher, Peter Reinhart, Sunday’s schedule includes a panel on Pennsylvania liquor laws that will feature State Senator Chuck McIlhinney, Joseph Brion, head of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and several hospitality industry pros.
A second panel focuses on Philly 2020, a look into the future of Philadelphia’s dining scene. The panel is moderated by Sam Katz and will include the conference’s chair Kevin Sbraga as well as Jeff Benjamin of Vetri Family, Joncarl Lachman of Noord, Marcie Turney of Barbuzzo, and Rob Keddie of Garces Group.
Sunday’s sessions runs from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Bossone Research Center, Mitchell Auditorium at 3201 Market Street. Tickets are $20 per person and available on the Drexel web site.
Philly Chef Conference [Official]
Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sports Management is putting on its second Philly Chef Conference on Sunday, January 11th and Monday, January 12th. Though Monday’s sessions are for Philadelphia hospitality professionals, Sunday’s sessions have something for the general public as well.
For just $20, the public is invited to attend Sunday’s opening sessions. There are two panels and a keynote address by acclaimed baker and teacher, Peter Reinhart. The event runs from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Bossone Research Center, Mitchell Auditorium at 3201 Market Street.
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SPOT Burger is raising money for a brick-and-mortar location of the popular food truck near or on Drexel’s campus. This weekend, owner Joshua Kim teased what the non-wheeled version of SPOT might look like.
Kim’s GoFundMe campaign continues and for every dollar you donate, you can redeem it in free food once the new SPOT opens.
SPOT Burger [Foobooz]
Drexel University seniors Ashley Revay and Erin Moffit are banking on bottles for their new startup Chakra Fitwear. The concept: to create a line of stylish, ecofriendly yoga and fitness clothes made from recycled plastic bottles.
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Tetris on the side of the Cira Center. Drexel’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio is getting a state grant to help grow Pennsylvania’s digital gaming industry.
Technically Philly reports that Drexel University is one of three schools to receive state grants to help develop a video game industry in the state. Drexel will receive $200,000 for its Entrepreneurial Game Studio, which aims to serve helps students start their own game companies in Philadelphia.
Carnegie Mellon University and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology are also receiving grants. The three schools will also share an additional $150,000 for collaborative efforts, like a statewide gaming conference.
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The highly praised Spot Burger cart by Josh Kim has launched a $75,000 GoFundMe campaign in order to raise money for a brick-and-mortar location for the cart that normally hangs out around Drexel’s campus.
According to Kim, Spot Burger has “caught the attention of a retail developer, and we have been given the opportunity of a full restaurant in the Drexel Campus/Mantua area.”
Since coming on the scene in early 2012, Kim has received lots of praise including a 2014 Best of Philly award for Best Cheesesteak.
GoFundMe is a bit different than the better known Kickstarter, all GoFundMe campaigns have no deadlines or goal requirements and no penalties for missing your goal. So all donations are received by the person offering the fundraising campaign.
SPOT Gourmet Burgers, Steaks & Pork [Foobooz]
Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sports Management is hosting its second Philly Chef Conference. The two-day event takes place on Sunday and Monday, January 11th and 12th and will bring renowned chefs, restaurateurs, purveyors and food writers from across the city and region to come together to discuss issues facing the restaurant industry as well as new food trends, products and techniques.
The first day of the conference is open to the public and will feature two panel discussions and a keynote. Tickets are just $20 per person. Fine Wine & Good Spirits – Doing Business with the PA Liquor Control Board will feature a panel of industry experts including Jason Malumed (Chalkboard Wine & Spirits), Melissa Bova (Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association), State Senator Chuck McIlhinney (Chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, responsible for reviewing legislation and policies related to the PLCB) and Steve Wildy (Vetri Family).
Philly 2020–The Future of Dining in Philadelphia will include a panel of chefs including chef chair of the conference, Kevin Sbraga, Jeff Benjamin (Vetri Family), Joncarl Lachman (Noord), Marcie Turney (Barbuzzo) and Rob Keddie (Garces Group) gazing into their crystal balls to discuss what Philadelphia’s dining scene will look like in 2020.
The keynote will be delivered by James Beard Award winning author and internationally known expert on bread and baking, Peter Reinhart.
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