[UPDATE, December 7th] Council President Darrell Clarke‘s spokesperson Jane Roh responds: “The 5th District office was not informed about this meeting; otherwise, an attempt would have been made to address residents’ concerns in person. Regardless, the community knows that Council President Clarke considers advocating on their behalf his office’s top priority. When residents expressed their concerns about an advertising campaign at the Cecil B. Moore SEPTA station, Council President Clarke intervened and the issue was addressed. With regard to Temple University’s proposal to build a stadium in North Philadelphia, Council President Clarke is already involved and advocating for the community. He has made it clear that the concerns of the community must be solicited and considered. If that does not happen, neither will the stadium.”
[ORIGINAL] Frustration dominated the conversation at a community meeting held to discuss the proposed Temple football stadium Thursday night.
About a hundred people, both residents of the community and Temple students, gathered at the Church of the Advocate to talk about the stadium. As I have written before, members of the community surrounding the university are less than thrilled about the prospect of a 35,000-seat stadium smack-dab in the middle of their neighborhood. Preliminary plans have called for the demolition of a recreation center and park that sits on the site, and there has been no word where football fans will park – leaving neighbors fearing that their homes will be bought out by the university.
“My grandfather bought my house in the ‘50s. This is my home,” said Glenda Bryant, who is in her third year at Temple. “I remember being a little girl riding down Broad Street seeing Temple and wanting to be a Temple student. Now, I’m not as proud.” Continue reading “North Philly Residents Raise Cry Against Temple Stadium Plans”