Morning Headlines: The ‘Quest’ to Preserve Four Beauties on Chestnut Street

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Quaker City National Bank is getting some attention: TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

Quaker City National Bank is getting some attention: TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

We all know that Chestnut Street, river to river, is seeing a major resurgence these days. Shopping, residential, street improvements: you name it, it’s happening. What’s kind of surprising to learn that four beautiful commercial buildings from long ago, before Chestnut Street East kind of died, aren’t historically designated. That includes 721 Chestnut Street, a gorgeous Quaker City National Bank building designed by Willis G. Hale. Thankfully, there are plans to change all of that. Gotta preserve your history, yo.

Matt Golas of PlanPhilly reports that, as part of Director of Advocacy Ben Leech’s ‘swan song’, the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia intends to nominate the four buildings–721, 722, 723, and 725 Chestnut Street–for historic designation. Apparently, this process had been on their “back burner” for some time, but now the time is right to make the push. Leech was particularly proud that the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance submitted the request to designate the Quaker City National Bank. Hit up the link below for a more details look at each building.

The quest to designate Chestnut Street “commercial architecture” [PlanPhilly]

Don’t Forget, UEDs Could Happen Today:

City Council is expected to vote on the bill on Thursday, that would create special ‘UED Urban Experiential Display Overlay Control District’ that allow the giant 3-D video billboards.

Quotable From Citified:

To put these numbers in context, Philadelphians are feeling way more confident about the city than Americans overall are feeling about the nation. Most national polls are showing less than a third of Americans feel the country is on the right track, while two-thirds feel it is going in the wrong direction.

Locally, it’s a very different story. Black, white, Latino, rich, poor, young and old are all feeling better about Philadelphia than they have in quite some time. And, yes, millennials are very much among those enthused about Philadelphia’s trajectory. More of them now expect to make Philadelphia a long-term home than they did just two years ago.

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