- City Paper previews the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Dancing Around the Bride,” which will comment on how Marcel Duchamps’ transparent masterpiece The Large Glass inspired four artists—John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns—to revive something of Dadaism in mid-twentieth century America. Paul Franklin, who manages the Duchamps estate, stresses that the artists “all made pilgrimages to Philadelphia at some time or other.”
- Mayor Nutter, City Council, and state officials have pledged to introduce legislation aimed at collecting more of half billion dollars owed to the city by delinquent property taxpayers. “One of the things that we’ve learned to do is to make it more palatable for people to pay,” Councilman Curtis Jones told Metro Philly. “At the end of the day, we’re going to give them every opportunity to pay and then we’re going to come down hard on them.”
- NewsWorks and Plan Philly report that the Zoning Board of Adjustment will decide in two weeks whether or not to grant the requested variances for Roxborough’s Merrick Hall on Ridge Avenue. Northern Children’s Services wants to renovate the historic property so as to allow transitional housing for up to 12 homeless women and 16 children.
- One blogger’s suggestion that the PSFS building be splotched with what would amount to be the country’s largest mural has Inga Saffron somewhat pessimistic about the state of popular architectural consciousness.
- The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog has the renderings for a proposed mixed development at 16th & South Streets that elicited a good deal of excitement at Wednesday night’s South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) zoning meeting.
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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