City as Salvage

  • Provenance is a company dedicated to “unlocking the value of salvaged materials” from our architectural past. Part warehouse, part consulting group, the Northern Liberties based company is sponsoring a DesignPhiladelphia event—“Designing and Building Reclaimed,” an examination of the adaptive reuse in three parts: discussion, presentation of their efforts with the Barnes Foundation, and tour. Tomorrow night, from 5PM to 8PM. Disclosure: Provenance is co-owned by Hidden City Philadelphia board member Bob Beaty.
  • The Daily News reminds us the Royal Theater at 15th & South Streets—the first of its kind run by African Americans, is still languishing. Soul mogul Kenny Gamble bought the property with the help of a city subsidy as part of his Universal Companies’ plan to revitalize the neighborhood. For many neighborhood residents, the theater is simply a “taxpayer-funded blight,” while others take solace—seeing it as a buffer from gentrifying G-Ho.
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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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