Common Ground Marketplace – Season Opening July 12 from 12-4pm, Broad and Mount Vernon Streets. Every Sunday 12-4pm
Common Ground Marketplace is a gathering space that celebrates the diverse and culturally rich community of North-Central Philadelphia. The Sunday market is a weekly showcase featuring an exciting selection of farmers, food artisans & artists, community outreach programs and access to on-site preventative health and social services. Through local partnerships, Common Ground Market focuses on empowering individuals in order to continue to build a vibrant & healthy neighborhood.
July 11, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
When David Lynch moved to Philadelphia in the late 1960s to attend PAFA, he discovered a city that was both terrifying and inspiring. Explore the neighborhood just blocks away from PAFA that so electrified Lynch’s imagination with two guides: Hidden City’s Peter Woodall and Lynch–and Eraserhood–aficionado, Bob Bruhin. During this one-and-a-half hour walking tour, we’ll delve into the area’s industrial history, as well as the sights and sounds that inspired Lynch’s movies, particularly Eraserhead.
The northeast corner of 11th & Wood has been vacant for decades. And this makes sense to some extent. For many years, trains ran on the elevated viaduct immediately to the west, a now-abandoned stretch which will soon become the Rail Park. And half a block to the south, the Vine Street Expressway has been moving cars from here to there for the last twenty-five plus years and let’s just say that developers haven’t been falling over each other to build next to the highway.But something is changing in this area. Maybe it’s because developers are looking at any and all possibilities near Center City. Maybe it’s because there’s finally optimism that the Rail Park is going to happen soon, which will make the neighborhoods near the viaduct far more attractive. We’d say this is certainly the case in the West Poplar neighborhood, so why not the northern part of Chinatown too? Remember, the Goldtex building, a warehouse turned apartment building, is just a block away from here, just on the other side of the viaduct.Last fall, we told you about some new foundations at 11th & Wood. Checking in here now, you can see a corner that’s being totally built up.
As part of our occasional Mid-Century Philly photo series, here’s a selection of stills from the Free Library’s Parker and Mullikin collection, showing this area in May of 1954.
See all the images at: PlanPhilly | Mid-Century Philly: Broad, Ridge, Fairmount and the Divine Lorraine, 1954