Neighborhood Meetings

UnionTransferVoltaMuralWall

  • October 2 6pm at Union Transfer.
    Hear a proposal for a mural by Ben Volta on the east wall of Union Transfer.(photo above)
  • October 14 7:30  Underground Arts.
    7:30-. A presentation on the Bike Share Program by the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities and the Greater Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition
    8:00 – Concept design for Ben Volta mural on Union Transfer

Callowhill Neighborhood Association

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Walking the Eraserhood: 10th and Hamilton Streets

“Walking the Eraserhood” represents an ongoing street-level exploration of the Callowhill district and surrounding environs, a sort of virtual walking tour of the neighborhood.

This corner offers another clear view of the Viaduct, along with the Haverford Bicycle Company on the northwest corner. Looking back to the west provides another clear view of the Lasher.

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Walking the Eraserhood: 11th and Hamilton Streets

“Walking the Eraserhood” represents an ongoing street-level exploration of the Callowhill district and surrounding environs, a sort of virtual walking tour of the neighborhood.

While we are now well outside the dedicated areas of the neighborhood, we are still surrounded by former industrial buildings, with good views of the iron Viaduct southeast down Ridge, east down Hamilton, and south, back the way we came. To the west, the spire of the Lasher is clearly visible.

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Walking the Eraserhood: 11th and Callowhill Streets

“Walking the Eraserhood” represents an ongoing street-level exploration of the Callowhill district and surrounding environs, a sort of virtual walking tour of the neighborhood.

Here we can stand directly under what Philadelphians call “The Trestle” as it makes the transition from stone viaduct to iron girders. In the evening, visitors can also visit the infamous inn bearing the same name.

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Walking the Eraserhood: 1100 Block of Wood Street

“Walking the Eraserhood” represents an ongoing street-level exploration of the Callowhill district and surrounding environs, a sort of virtual walking tour of the neighborhood.

Standing and 12th and Wood we can see the former Smaltz building along the 1100 block of Wood, currently clothed in modern skin. Walking east from here, we can also pass through one of the massive stone tunnels under the Reading Viaduct. It is believed this is the tunnel David Lynch refers to in his anecdote about carrying a nail-studded board as protection while he lived in this neighborhood. The textures of the inside of the tunnel may well serve as the original model for textures Lynch used in the “man in the planet” sequence in Eraserhead. One can then continue south to stand at 11th and Wood at the foot of the Frank C. Maurone Company building, currently bearing the banner of Khmer Art Gallery. Standing here at 11th and Wood, it is also a good idea to look back to the west, to appreciate how the Reading Viaduct comes in from the crossing at 11th and Callowhill and points toward Reading Terminal.

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The Berwyn Center PARK(ing) in the Eraserhood

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Via Flickr:
"The Mission of The Berwyn Center is to cultivate community and to more efficiently and effectively address community needs within the North Philadelphia area through self-sustained programs, while serving as an example of a successful social enterprise for other grass-roots, non-profit, and community organizations.

"The Berwyn Center was founded in August of 2012 by a few dedicated case managers. Our goal is to be a part of creating a healthier and happier Philadelphia for everyone."

www.berwyncenter.blogspot.com/

Don’t let the casual beauty of their PARK(ing) day exhibit fool you. These are four serious young women with a very serious (and beautiful) mission. I’m hoping we see them again in around the Eraserhood, and in other recovering North Philly neighborhoods.

Walking the Eraserhood: 12th and Callowhill Streets

“Walking the Eraserhood” represents an ongoing street-level exploration of the Callowhill district and surrounding environs, a sort of virtual walking tour of the neighborhood.

Standing at street level here, we can get a very different perspective on the sites we just viewed from the Viaduct. The elevated portion of the City Branch comes in to the northwest, crosses 12th Street due north, and gracefully curves to the south, to meet with the main line due east of here, in the middle of the 1100 block of Callowhill. The northwest corner is occupied by the former rail yard, bordered to the north by the stone bulk of the Viaduct and to the west, across 13th street, by the Terminal Commerce Building. (Some have suggested piles of earth in this rail yard, as it appeared in the late 1960’s, provided the model for the “rough hillocks” Henry Spencer climbs in the beginning if David Lynch’s Eraserhead.) We can also appreciate the sheer bulk of the Wolf Building from here, and even look west down Callowhill to see the entrance to Underground Arts, a performance venue in a deep sub-basement of the Wolf.

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Walking the Eraserhood: Noble Street Street Bridge

“Walking the Eraserhood” represents an ongoing street-level exploration of the Callowhill district and surrounding environs, a sort of virtual walking tour of the neighborhood.

Walking west, back along the Viaduct, the visitor can return to the Noble Street bridge over 13th Street, where the view up the canyon between Rebman and the condominium building at 428 North 13th Street dramatically showcases a relatively unspoiled block, including the John Evans’ Sons spring foundry (now serving as a stable for carriage horses) and the well restored Prohibition Taproom.

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