- NewsWorks shows us Frankford’s Globe Dye Works, a 125 year-old crumbing factory that provides sculptors with some “industrial charm,” inspiring them to create unique and versatile works, as well as display them in exhibits like the current show, “Catagenesis.” Leslie Kaufman, co-director of the space’s Philadelphia Sculptors group, relates the synergy and respite that artists find in the reused space, saying that it “presents the buildings themselves…as partners in the art work, to have a whole other dimension that you couldn’t possibly have where the environment itself doesn’t have character. This has character.” For our story from last winter on Globe Dye, click HERE.
- In the red this year for some $17.5 million and facing several “grave” problems,the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced the impending sale of the Cardinal’s Mansion on City Avenue to St. Joseph’s University for $10 million.
- The Daily News looks at a PhillyRising Collaborative community garden in North Philadelphia’s Swampoodle section, which has proven itself as a source of pride for many residents in the drug-plagued neighborhood. “If you could have seen this place prior to us getting together, you’d be amazed,” says Lamont DeShields, who was inspired to create his own garden. “Out of all the negative in our community, we’ve got a group that refuses to be negative.”
- The Atlantic Cities discusses how Amtrak’s high-speed rail line might reinvigorate Market East—by 2040. Yet 2009’s plan for the corridor offers some hope, with a reworked Gallery, and added emphasis on 10th Street.
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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