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New CHOP Tower Renderings Just Released

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The first phase of the Childrens' Hospital of Philadelphia's massive addition to the banks of the Schuylkill River has recieved both praise and negative feedback. Of particular interest to neighbors of the hypothetical new tower is the layout of the proposed park that will accompany CHOP's new tower, which Inga Saffron panned in her initial read on the site plans as "more of a landscaped entrance than a real park". New renderings came out today, and they give a clearer view of what the park will look like.

The "gigantic planters" described in Inga Saffron's reviews are present and accounted for in the renderings though they don't seem to operate quite like cattle chutes in the renderings. It's true that the plaza seems more like an entrance than a public park: there doesn't appear to be that much seating, and it's mostly pavement.

Poll results

· Schuylkill Ave Phase 1 [Civic Design Review]
· All CHOP posts [Curbed Philly]