Neither catastrophic nor beloved, the post-war regeneration of Allegheny Center has quietly gone stale in recent years. Today, it’s getting a much needed facelift.
After building a few duds in the late 20th century, architects and developers are giving New Yorkers a better multi-level retail experience with a mix of new ideas and lessons from the past.
At the time of its redevelopment, contemporary design was believed to bring out the best of this historic Philadelphia neighborhood. It’s aged quite well.
Long before America had a distinct sense of buildings as corporate branding, rail lines were busy laying the very track of the idea.
Like much of the built environment in the U.S., they are a bit more similar than you’d hope, and yet harbor plenty of intriguing variety.