Considering the Future and the Past


Philadelphia is a growing city. Since 2006, the population has increased every year; and between 2010 and 2020, the city gained nearly 78,000 new residents.


Coinciding with the growth in population is a development boom that’s causing widespread demolition, which advocates say is jeopardizing the preservation of historic sites.


How can Philadelphia develop for the future while preserving the past? And what does it mean for future generations if historic buildings and streetscapes slowly disappear? 


Join WHYY and the Cecil B. Moore branch of The Free Library of Philadelphia for a ‘Bridging Blocks’ neighborhood discussion as we figure out how to protect history, while positioning the city for the future.



Amir Richardson, WHYY Community Conversation Convener  

Arrick Underhill, Librarian, Cecil B. Moore Library 


Amir Richardson, WHYY Community Conversation Convener


Bridging Blocks, a partnership between The Free Library of Philadelphia and WHYY, is made possible by a generous grant from Fred and Barbara Sutherland.

Date & Time
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Discussion 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Cecil B. Moore Library
2320 Cecil B. Moore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19121


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