If we’re not careful, we can lose our historic architecture. Joseph Minardi explains how we’re at risk, and steps neighbors can take towards preserving our local charm & character.
Look out! Philadelphia is under siege from ravenous developers who’d like to build on every square inch of the city — demolishing historic buildings in their wake. In East Falls, the Catfish Café at Ridge and Scotts Lane) was an exquisite example of Philadelphia Victorian commercial architecture. So close to a revival, only to be smashed to bits, its incredible vintage wooden bar carted off to D.C.
No buildings are safe, not even churches. St. Bridget (3667 Midvale), for instance, has no historical designation and plus is incorrectly zoned as residential. If the Church sold it, a developer could do whatever they wanted with the property. Gut it, demo it, whatever, by right. No need for community input. Are we really OK with this?