- Flying Kite looks at how a group of artists are transforming a deteriorating industrial node on Brewerytown’s 1500 block of North Bailey Street into an exciting center of live-work studios and workspaces. And now, Michael Connelly, a chief instigator in the shifting character of the neighborhood, feels development is on the eve of a critical mass.
- Temple University has installed three solar-powered picnic tables, providing outlets for students’ electronics and storing energy to power LED lights in the evening. The tables form one element of a larger initiative by the university to reduce energy costs by 25% within the next two years, says Metro Philly.
- Bernard Hopkins wouldn’t mind chipping in for the fundraising campaign to place a statue of boxing legend Joe Frazier by Xfinity Live, but he’s asking for a bit of help from the average Philadelphian, he tells NewsWorks. “I want everybody to give five, 10, 20 dollars so they can say ‘I helped put that statue up.’ That’s not bragging. That’s showing respect.”
- Plan Philly reports that the Center City District’s reworking of Logan Square’s Sister Cities Park has received a Downtown Merit Award for its innovative design by the International Downtown Association.
- After more than a decade that the state took over the School District in 2001, a independent review board has released a new report claiming that the School Reform Commission has initiated a “steady, systemwide improvement in the overall quality of education.”
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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