Morning Headlines: Saffron Says New Templetown Housing Achieves the Impossible

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Image of Paseo Verde apartment house via Paseo Verde website.

In her latest column, Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron writes about the new North Philadelphia development Paseo Verde, calling it “a trifecta of socially responsible development.” And it achieves what seems almost impossible: it “makes peace with gentrification.” If development around Ninth and Berks were to follow “the usual Philadelphia script,” says Saffron, there would be two possibilities:

Either the neighborhood would surrender to developers and allow a construction free-for-all. Or, it would dig in, using its political power to hold onto the acres of vacant land in the hope that someone, some day, might build subsidized housing.

Instead residents found a third, and better, way…

The four-story apartment house makes peace with gentrification by accepting high-end, modern apartments as a fact of life. But it also ensures that longtime residents will have a good place to live if the area takes off and prices spike.

To achieve that tricky balance, nearly half of Paseo Verde’s 129 units are set aside for low-income residents at reduced rents. The other 67 go for market rates. After a quiet opening in the fall, Paseo Verde is now home to a mix of Temple University students, professionals, and low-wage workers.

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Temple Gets a New Bar with a Second Floor Study


Temple University’s campus will get a new bar this spring when Masters Bar and Restaurant opens at 15th and Oxford Streets. The Temple News has more on the bar that is owned by G Lounge alum, Waylon Nelson and managed by John Bryne. The most interesting part might be the plans for the second floor.

Masters’ two-floor layout will house the main bar area on the first floor, and the owners hope to create a study-friendly atmosphere on the second floor for students looking to grab a drink or a bite to eat and get some work finished in the middle of the day. Master’s will offer free Wi-Fi on the second floor as well.

At night that second floor will become much more of a nightclub, complete with a dance floor.

New Bar plans to open on 15th and Oxford streets [Temple News]
Masters Bar and Restaurant

PHOTOS: Athletes Bare All in Calendar to Save Temple’s Men’s Gymnastics Program

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Photo courtesy of Michael Thomas.

Here’s something to warm you in all the right places on this cold, snowy day: On Saturday, alumni of the Temple University Men’s Gymnastics team — including out member Dashiell Sears — got together for a steamy calendar shoot to save the school’s gymnastics program, which the Board of Trustees voted to cut in December.

Behind-the-scenes shots after the jump

Temple Has an Itch Center, Apparently



In case you missed this tickle of a tidbit in the Inquirer recently, there’s a newly minted Itch Center at Temple University School of Medicine, solely dedicated to—you guessed it—studying itches. It’s helmed by itch-obsessed dermatologist Gil Yosipovitch (and, no, the ironic fact that the word “itch” comes at the end of his name is not lost on him), who joined Temple’s payroll in September.

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We Spent 2,572 Trillion Hours Worrying About the Temple Boathouse

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Rendering of Temple University boathouse that never was. Via

At first, the question was whether Temple University should renovate its decrepit old boathouse, which the crew team hadn’t occupied since 2008. Then the question was whether to build a new boathouse. Subsequently, another question was raised: Could the new boathouse be sited on Kelly Drive, under the Strawberry Mansion Bridge? Leading to another question: If so, how to hold Temple accountable for the parkland lost when the boathouse was built? The debate over each question was fierce, particularly the last one, which pitted conservationists and parkland advocates against players and enthusiasts of college athletics.

If we could add the hours of argument up, and then multiply by a factor of emotion, aggravation, passion and despair, the number would soar into the stratosphere — so many minutes gone, never to be gained again. And for what? The tragic reality is that Temple no longer has a crew team. The point is moot.

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Temple Sports Cuts Sure Seem to Be About Football


Let’s start with Temple’s premise that the cutting of seven sports from the athletic department roster had nothing to do with football. That’s what the folks on North Broad Street are saying, and there might be some truth to that. The Owls’ program is not an example of opulence gone wild, even though it is most certainly not a profitable enterprise. There are some other issues at work, too, most notably Title IX considerations.

The argument breaks down — falls apart completely, actually — when one considers the company Temple is keeping. That’s where the influence of football and its damaging effects come into play. Because the Owls fought so hard to join the pre-implosion Big East, and because the old Big East’s current football iteration only exists in a version that appears more like a Conference USA spinoff than a major confederation, the Owls doomed their other sports (even, to an extent, the men’s basketball program) to membership in a league that doesn’t suit and actually hurts them.

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