Spring Garden Area Transformation Tour: Behind (And Above) The Scenes At Arts & Crafts Holdings

Community & Civics
Tourism & Hospitality

Event Details


Day 1 - September 9, 2022

The Spring Garden area east of Broad Street was once a thriving residential and industrial corridor. After years of abandonment and decay, the area is being revitalized as a creative hub for the 21st-century. This tour will look at some of the innovative developments underway on and around Spring Garden Street. We’ll discuss the area’s past, present, and future potential. The tour begins with an orientation from the rooftop at 990 Spring Garden. Following that we’ll tour spaces and look at buildings being brought back to life by innovative developer Arts & Crafts Holdings.

Speaker Information
Darren Fava

Darren Fava

Darren Fava hails from central Connecticut. He studied historic preservation in R.I  before moving to Philadelphia to pursue a Master’s degree in City Planning at Penn. He began his career working on public space, streetscape, and wayfinding projects at the Center City District. In 2007 he joined the staff at Philadelphia Parks & Rec where he’s enjoyed working on wayfinding and park improvement projects, and coordinating marketing and events at the Fairmount Park historic houses. He currently serves as web content manager for the communications team. Darren is an avid cyclist, a volunteer guide with the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia architectural tour program, and is active on the boards of civic and development organizations in South Philly. He’s most happy traveling, showing off his adopted hometown, or working in his community garden—built on fertile ground atop a former cemetery.