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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Morning Headlines: Temple Collapse: “This Was a Very Serious Situation”

Floor collapses in Temple University building under construction [update from yesterday] [6ABC]
Firehouse to be torn down, but then what? [Daily News]
The Oval: A Big Step In Moving Towards Parkway 2.0 [philebrity]
Residential conversion likely for Antiquarian’s Delight, former synagogue [PlanPhilly]
Main Line real estate couple set court date in harassment case [Main Line Times]
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Breaking: Temple Construction Site Collapse [UPDATED]

Emergency vehicles are at the scene at 12th and Berks, where part of a building under construction, the Science Education Research Center, has fallen in. An injured construction worker has been lowered onto a stretcher and is being taken for treatment.

Below, Temple’s most recent tweet:


UPDATE [2:29PM]: Ayers says the collapse zone is unsafe, but everything else is okay. The worker has been stabilized and has been taken to the hospital. Follow @TempleUpdate on Twitter for the latest news.

Hood Links: Drexel’s URBN Center, Mt. Airy’s Lovett Park, East Passyunk’s New Team Room

Here it is, your afternoon neighborhood news fix.

· UCity: Drexel’s New URBN Center Has Stairways That Lead To Stairways [philebrity]
· Center City: Historic Walnut Street Home Undergoing Renovations [Naked Philly]
· Everywhere: 13 weird street names in and around Philadelphia []
· Mt. Airy: Lovett Park Revitalization Brings Collaboration [Philadelphia Neighborhoods]
· East Passyunk: First Pics: Oliver & Company Tea Room opening [Passyunk Post]
· North Broad: Transformative Architects Set Eyes On North Broad Street [Hidden City]
· Bridesburg: Henon backs off “Cokie” factory zoning [PhillyDeals]
· Corner of Screaming and Yelling: SEPTA to hold public meetings on proposed fare increases [NewsWorks]

Sale Finally Pending on the Saddest Home in Philadelphia

This house near Broad and Girard had listings photos that made you want to run to the house with a bag full of groceries and medical supplies to make sure the occupant would survive the night. In a city where 31 percent of families live in poverty, the home showed disturbing signs of habitation: foodstuffs in the kitchen, for instance; a jacket hanging up; toiletries, and a towel hanging on a door in the bathroom; a bedroom that, despite its misery, looks like it’s regularly used.

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