Logan/Olney: 5 Places You Need To Know

The Logan neighborhood is a _____ place.

At the latest steering committee meeting of the Logan Community Development Corporation, attendees were invited to finish that sentence. They came up with: vibrant, diverse, unique, historically significant, and a host of other positive descriptions.

Although the area is currently suffering from a variety of problems, ranging from housing and litter issues to an 18.38 percent unemployment rate, the mood in Logan is optimistic. Organizations like the Logan Community Development Corporation (CDC) and the planning and design firm Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) are working with residents on a neighborhood plan to improve the community that they love so much. These are some of the areas involved in the Neighborhood Plan.

The York House, an assisted living home located on Old York Road, serves as a meeting location for the Logan CDC. During their last meeting, held February 6, members of the CDC and WRT discussed the plan with community members and brainstormed solutions for problems with safety and access to neighborhood resources.

Logan Plaza is at the heart of the Neighborhood Plan because it holds the Logan CDC office. Inside, members of the CDC hustle to keep all of the organization’s projects, such as the North Broad Improvement Project, up and running.

The Carlton Simmons Community Technology Center, established by the CDC to provide free Internet access for Logan residents, allows for residents who otherwise would not be able to use computers to remain up to date on the planning process. It also serves as an office for the Logan Neighborhood Advisory Committee, a subset of the CDC.

The Logan Library, opened in 1917, sits just down the street from the CDC office. It serves as another vessel for the CDC to hold meetings and free events, like open panel discussions on Martin Luther King Jr.

The redevelopment of the Logan Triangle, a 46-acre area of land left vacant after the faulty construction (and later demolition) of homes over a creek bed, has been a CDC priority for years. Along with other vacancies, the Triangle remains a salient issue in the community. The CDC has been brainstorming ideas on how to use abandoned lots constructively. One suggestion? Pop-up gardens.

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