Monday, January 18, 2010

Then and Now: 107-115 South 11th Street, Philadelphia


Philadelphia has much to thank its educational and medical institutions for. In recent decades, despite the city's overall economic decline, these two sectors have achieved significant, stable growth, and now account for nearly 20 percent of the city's employment base.

Unfortunately, much of this growth came with a hidden cost - the steady erosion of the city's older streetscapes. Jefferson University Hospital proved to be a particularly bad neighbor for Washington Square West, replacing several dense, historic blocks with a series of faceless towers, thereby severing the connections between Market East and neighborhoods to its south.

Original photo: Carollo, R. and John McWhorter. "Historic Commission-3300-12." 1965. Philadelphia City Archives. Philadelphia Department of Records. 14 Dec. 2009.

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