- Philly Weekly wonders why so many art galleries are finding it difficult to stay open in Philadelphia. While some, like the Fleisher Ollman Gallery have remained viable for decades, most upstart spaces struggle to get past the three year mark, burdened by what they see as unrealistic demands of the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative (PEI) and a lack of support by institutions such as the Art Museum.
- Inga Saffron relates some of the added logistical considerations made yesterday by the Post Brothers on their mixed-union Goldtex building project at 12th & Wood Streets. A decoy truck had to be deployed in order to distract union protestors long enough to deliver a crane.
- Plan Philly says that a finalized Lower Northeast District Plan will be delivered to the City Planning Commission on August 21. “I think we struck a really good balance between being vigilant and being realistic,” said planner Ian Litwin of the current highlighted version of the plan. “There’s a lot of funding constraints in government right now, and in the private sector as well, so I think we’ve laid out a really good path going forward.”
- Yesterday Cole and Heidi Hamels were at North Philadelphia’s Bayard Taylor Elementary school to unveil “a modern playground complete with a soccer field, greenhouse and iPad/Tech learning center,” thanks to a $300,000 donation from their Hamels Foundation.
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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