This proposed project is one that I am very excited and hopeful to see happen (along with 1300 Fairmount)! I currently attend the Fox School of Business at Temple, and to see the area around Temple rapidly develop is truly amazing! Overall, the level of investment creeping up north along Broad is really helping Lower North Philly and it will eventually help North Central Philly.
Highrises like this will serve two purposes. First, it will add density, population, and foot traffic to North Broad and the Cecil B. Moore neighborhood. Secondly, similar to what has happened in University City, building housing units like this will give the neighborhood around Temple the chance to become a hub of innovation. Temple is already a nationally renowned research university that seems to ascend in the national rankings each year. What do Penn and Drexel have over Temple? The fact that they are able to influence their faculty to live in University City and other neighborhoods in Philly. Temple should aim to do the same.
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-Elton John, "Philadelphia Freedom"
Cardinal O'Hara Class of 2013--->Temple University '18