Community plans Fabric Row revitalization
The Community Design Collaborative just released a first look at the redesign for Philadelphia's historic Fabric Row.
The historic area near South Street is preparing for a redevelopment that will affect streetscape and building facades. The design team will work with historic preservationists to maintain the neighborhood's rich past, while recognizing recent growth in small businesses and revitilization.
Fabric Row is a historic area of the city once lined with dozens of merchants selling materials for dresses, upholstery and all textile needs. Last year, Philadelphia's National Museum of American Jewish History sponsored an artist residency that created a piece to represent the experience of Jewish and non-Jewish immigrants in the textile industry, referencing the history of the city's own fabric row.
The Community Design Collaborative just recently proposed another South Philly design for nearby Columbus Square Park. The plan responds to the changing community by reducing athletic fields, replacing the roundhouse with more space, expanding the dog park and installing more pathways.
The redesign for Fabric Row will operate under the same principals, adapting to a changing neighborhood and strengthening threads that tie communities together.