Join Hidden City Creative Director Lee Tusman
for a walking tour of the contested area between Vine and Spring Garden Streets and 10th and Broad Streets. The neighborhood is in flux and so is its name. Traditionally known as Callowhill
, people also call it Chinatown North
, the Loft District
and the Eraserhood
, in homage to filmmaker David Lynch.
Recalling living in the neighborhood during the late 1960s, Lynch said “the area had a great mood--factories, smoke, railroads, diners, the strangest characters, the darkest nights.” Even though several shuttered factories have been turned into lofts, the neighborhood retains some of the atmosphere that Lynch found so compelling.
We’ll visit a remnant of the railroads, the Reading Viaduct
, and talk with artist and long-time resident Sarah McEneaney
, who envisions turning it into an elevated “park in the sky.” The Chinatown Community Development Corporation
has opposed the plan, worrying that it will speed gentrification, and push out the small warehouses and fabricators that provide local employment for residents of Chinatown. We’ll visit one of these businesses, a sign-making shop, and talk with the owner.
We’ll also explore the art and design community that has blossomed in the area. We’ll visit the Asian Arts Initiative
and learn about the organization’s plans to turn a bleak alley into a thriving arts corridor, and stop by Mio
, a green design firm. We’ll also visit the Vox Building
, locus for much of the art making and exhibition in the area.