“They Seem Completely New”

  • Much of Philadelphia’s forgotten public art now sits in a warehouse in Swedesboro, New Jersey. Displaced by renovation and graffiti, Newsworks discusses how several of the pieces will soon be returned to the cityscape. Tony Smith’s 1966 “We Lost” (pictured) “will be pure form” when it makes its triumphal return to Penn’s campus upon completion of the new nanotechnology building on 32nd and Walnut. Be sure to explore the photo essay—remember anything?
  • The Temple News reports on the university’s effort to revitalize North Central Philadelphia by drawing a more global mix of students, with the opening of the new Beech International Village on the 1500 block of Cecil B. Moore.
  • The Inquirer reports that yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals heard arguments between Tinicum Township and the city of Philadelphia, regarding the plans for the city to buy and demolish 72 homes in the Delaware County community to make way for airport improvements, including a fifth runway.
  • A Puerto Rican émigré is hoping to “recapture the community already intimately familiar with his flavors.” FlyingKite.com looks at Wilfredo Manzano’s “Latin Farmer Gourmet Food Truck,” which will serve his locally grown, “high-end Spanish food” in the Norris Square neighborhood on Thursdays this month.


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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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