Our friends in RAH tell us a busy local intersection’s getting some TLC this Summer! Plus, changes at the Community Garden on Scotts Lane.
35th and Allegheny is the bus turn-around for Laurel Hill at Ridge Avenue. Imagine how many tourists encounter this no-frills intersection as their “entre” into East Falls (and RAH, too, for that matter).
Good news! Construction on a modern new bus turn-around begins this July! Mark Green, 38th Ward Leader, says the design will be similar to the one recently completed near 52nd and Jefferson in West Philly, and also the brand spankin’ new one at 23rd and Venango — the ribbon was just cut on that last week. SEPTA is clearly on a tear to provide safer, more generous spaces for embarking/disembarking riders.
According to SEPTA’s website, this 35th & Allegheny project should be completed by Fall 2015.
In other news, Mark Green and Rose Cooper (RAH Civic Association President) worked with Philadelphia Mural Arts to bring some art to this corner as well! This Summer, work starts on the Hackman Dental Labs property at 35th and Allegheny.
Lead artist Felix St. Fort feels his spiritually uplifting art could be a perfect match for an area known as “Paradise.” While we were unable to track down images of the planned mural for RAH, the artist has painted murals in Philadelphia for over ten years, and his amazing work all over the city speaks for itself.
Among them, the “Fairhill” project is his best known: an impressive transformation of nearly 50 storefronts in a struggling part of Germantown Avenue. The goal was to develop a work of art so big, so bold, so eye-popping that it might kick-start positive change in the area.
St. Fort teamed with the Dutch artist team Haas & Hahn who slam their vibrant art in massive doses all around the globe — before coming to Germantown, the duo spent 18 months in Rio de Janeiro painting an entire run-down public square with rainbows, after turning an old drainage ditch into a fanciful stream with cartoon carp. By so dynamically changing streetscapes, Haas & Hahn hope to nurture revitalization thru neighborhood pride and good old fashioned hope.
Here’s to sprucing up our local streetscapes, with art and modern conveniences! We’re thrilled for our friends in RAH, and delighted to report another happy development with regards to the community garden at Scotts Lane and Ridge Avenue: A NEW SIGN IS ON THE WAY!
SHARED SPACES — SIGN CHANGE AT THE COMMUNITY GARDEN (SCOTTS & RIDGE)
There were some rumblings at the last RAH community meeting, about how this plot of land — which had started as a joint effort between East Falls & RAH (it’s in their “About Us”) — was sporting an “East Falls Community Garden” sign.
A lovely sign, at that. But for the folks at the RAH meeting, seemed a bit presumptuous to go ahead and claim the place for one neighborhood like that. Some folks at the meeting were already concerned by rumors that maybe applications from RAH gardeners weren’t given the same priority, and this new sign wasn’t helping.
They had a meeting, the gardeners with representatives from RAH & EFCC, both, and agreed to re-affirm their partnership with a new sign, to be installed soon (the original one was taken down immediately). Donations from Mark Green, Rose Cooper, and Barnaby Wittels will fund the costs.
Rose is glad the issue has been settled and is encouraged that the communities came together to resolve it. For her, it’s the start of a good working relationship between RAH and East Falls.
Meanwhile, the garden is looking FANTASTIC these days! Lots of great feedback whenever we post photos on social media. We’re looking forward to sharing pics of the community garden’s new sign soon. Meanwhile, best wishes for fruitful harvests for everyone.