The Grays Ferry Triangles Pedestrian Plaza occupies an enviable list in the life of Philadelphia's public space. It is the first pedestrian plaza in Center City to permanently close an active street off from car use and repurpose it for pedestrians. It is also the first pedestrian plaza to utilize recently passed city-wide legislation for its legalization.
Last week the Philadelphia blogosphere erupted when news of a potential development at 17th and Chancellor was announced. Though the current site is an undermaintained parking garage with a façade of retail, loss of Little Pete's, a little gem with an interior from a bygone era, seemed to underscore a deeper sentiment that Philly is losing its character.