- For every night from September 20 through October 14, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be illuminated by Montréal-based artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s “Open Air,” an interactive display of 24 searchlights reflecting upon notions of migration—of birds and of immigrants. Anyone with a smartphone may record a voice message that will influence the pattern and movement of the lights. For more information, visit the project’s website, HERE.
- With the start of the Republican National Convention just days away in Tampa, the Atlantic Cities looks back to the summer of 2000, when Bush and Cheney received their party’s nomination in South Philadelphia. At the time, the PSFS building—the first Internationalist skyscraper in America—was 68 years old, and had recently been transformed into the Loews hotel in an effort to regain its relevance. “The Loews, hosting the Florida delegation for the event, stood out as one of [the city’s] few hotels to receive high praise.”
- In today’s Inquirer, Inga Saffron calls Wednesday’s implementation of the city’s new zoning code “a true watershed event for Philadelphia” and the Nutter Administration, one that will “help make Philadelphia a more competitive and livable city.”
- City Hall is ready to fight the nusiance that is bandit signs, reports CBS Philly. “Over the next several weeks, we expect citations [of upwards of $75 per sign] and warnings to be issued to hold these folks accountable and to make sure that the issue is addressed long-term,” said Brian Abernathy of the Streets Department.
About the author
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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