Philadelphia, PA is home to the Chinatown North/Callowhill neighborhood; a rapidly changing neighborhood with an industrial past that contains part of the Reading Viaduct, which has been proposed to become an elevated rail park, and a wide range of residents who reflect the diversity, disparity, and creative potential of the larger City. Working with landscape architect Walter Hood, Asian Arts Initiative (AAI) led a stakeholder-engaged community planning process focused on the Pearl Street alleyway, which functions as a de facto backyard connecting AAI and a number of community organizations and residences along a 4-block corridor. AAI has proposed a series of capital interventions as well as weekly micro events, a series of monthly First Friday events, and an annual Block Party aimed at increasing the every day interactions along and attention on the Pearl Street Corridor. These events will lead up to the Center for Architecture's signature city-wide DesignPhiladelphia Festival in 2015, which will launch with a PopUp Place exhibition sited at the intersection of the Reading Viaduct and Pearl Street and examining the development of both icons in the neighborhood.
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