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Chinatown North/Loft District: “The Arts and Culture Scene is One of the Foundations in This Area,” says Gary Reuben

Chinatown North/Loft District: “The Arts and Culture Scene is One of the Foundations in This Area,” says Gary Reuben

As a real-estate developer and architect, Gary Reuben (above) can be found making a living through his work as the owner and operator of the Wolf Building, on Callowhill at 12th Street. After purchasing the building in 1997 with his business partner Gary Reisner, Reuben, 60, made the decision to rent space out to artists. Today, […]

 By Alicia DiGiovanni and Mark Lauterbach

Chinatown: Expansion Plans Create a Positive Outlook for the Community

Chinatown: Expansion Plans Create a Positive Outlook for the Community

Chinatown acts as a stepping stone as well as a cultural landmark for many Asian-American immigrants. There have been high hopes for the neighborhood to expand as a community. The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp. has been developing plans to help both residents and business owners envision Chinatown as a more engaged, urban neighborhood. The PCDC is […]

 By Alicia DiGiovanni and Mark Lauterbach

Chinatown: New Community Center Enters the Financing Stage

The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp. plans to create a 23-story, multipurpose tower located at the northwest corner of 10th and Vine streets. The first two floors of the building will include the recreational area and the retail space. The rest of the tower will be used for residential units and offices. This proposed center will […]

 By Alicia DiGiovanni and Mark Lauterbach

Chinatown: Chinese Cultural and Community Center Fights to Remain a Landmark

Chinatown: Chinese Cultural and Community Center Fights to Remain a Landmark

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia has been working to get the Chinese Cultural and Community Center up and running again. It has also tried to protect the historical building against demolition. The center closed in 2007 and has been vacant to this day. Before the construction of the friendship gate, the Chinese Cultural and Community Center was known […]

 By Alicia DiGiovanni and Mark Lauterbach

Chinatown: Mini-Parks to Run Along 10th Street

Chinatown: Mini-Parks to Run Along 10th Street

The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities has started a parklet pilot program. The parklets are designed to look like mini parks. They are small platforms that extend sidewalks out to the street and replace parking spots with seats and tables. The purpose of the parklets is to allow people to stop, relax and take […]

 By Alicia DiGiovanni and Mark Lauterbach

Chinatown: 10th Street Bike Lane Causes Concern

Chinatown: 10th Street Bike Lane Causes Concern

Bicycles are a trendy, new form of transportation, especially with this year’s sky-rocketing gas prices. It has become too expensive to drive for some people. Many cities have been installing new bike lanes, starting bike-sharing programs and developing complete street policies to make streets safer for cyclists as well as other nondrivers. The Bicycle Coalition […]

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