On random Fridays we will roll out a recurring feature that will allow us to envision (wink, wink) how spaces in the city can be reclaimed for our friends in the Animal Kingdom. We’ve all seen these types of renderings before, but with people. Why should planning be so exclusive to hominids? These spaces need not be exclusive to the native animals of Philadelphia either. In order to be competitive in a globalized animal economy, our fair city must begin to attract animals from other habitats around the world.
Today we take a look at a collection of vacant lots on the north side of the 1200 block of Ridge Ave. We envision an open space intended for local cats. It will include low-maintenance elements such as native, drought-resistant perennial species and a crushed gravel patio area with reused cobblestone accents. Planting areas will double stormwater infiltration areas. The space will be framed by one the City’s most majestic murals – that of 76ers legend Julius Erving. Cats from local animal hospitals will find improved health in the restorative properties of Dr. J’s cosmic aura.