“Airplanes passed by slowly in the sky. Rubber toys floated on the water. Meals seemed to last five years and nap time seemed endless. And the world was so small. I can’t remember being able to see more than a couple of blocks. And those couple of blocks were huge. So all the details were blown out of proportion.”
— David Lynch, on childhood
Day One, Round Two had The Provence team’s proposal for Broad and Callowhill streets before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
The team, called Tower Entertainment, is led by local developer Bart Blatstein of Tower Investments. The casino and entertainment complex would be operated by Isle of Capri Casinos, which operates 16 casinos in seven states, including Nemacolin in Pennsylvania. They are kicking things off with a video presentation prominently featuring Blatstein. “For me, it’s much more than a casino,” he says in the video, touting the jazz club, swim club, fitness club and botanical gardens. “It will be a great shot in the arm to North Broad street.”
THE FACTORY PHOTOGRAPHS
“Functionless, disintegrating, rundown, the ‘factory’ appears in Lynch’s ‘personal narrative’ as an enclave, a refuge from the onrush of progress and modern technology.”
Creating a linear park out of the whole Reading Viaduct and City Branches may be a long way off, but last year hopes were high that Phase 1 of the project – a small park made from the SEPTA-owned Noble Street spur – would start construction this year.
The North Broad Community Coalition, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, West Poplar Community Development Corp., and Callowhill Neighborhood Association, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints signed the agreement Thursday. It calls for them to not oppose Blatstein’s application for the city’s remaining casino license. The document also states that the community groups would have preferred that the property be developed differently.
David Lynch definitely knows an unnerving shot when he sees one. This is, after all, the filmmaker who brought us the distorted reality of Twin Peaks, culminating in the mind-melting Black Lodge and, well, absolutely everything in Eraserhead. Now Lynch is presenting two decades of photographs of factories in decay.