- Check out this photo essay from the Mural Arts Program’s (and the Daily‘s) Steve Weinik, who explored the graffiti-ridden walls along the tracks of the Chestnut Hill West line while scouting for a “still super-secret project.”
- Bart Blatstein has reportedly sold off 60% of his stock in Northern Liberties. The developer, who has prided himself for his contributions in catalyzing that neighborhood’s revival, will focus resources on the Provence, his casino proposal for the former Inquirer building at Callowhill & Broad Streets.
- The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority is formally requesting proposals in search for a private operator for the recently expanded space, which struggles to attract bookings for 2014 and 2015. “We look forward to reviewing proposals from the industry’s leading building managers on how they would improve cost and service issues and place the center in a position where we will compete more effectively for major shows, meetings, and conventions,” said Chairman Gregory J. Fox.
- The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia urges the City and its planners to create additional routes to the increasingly commercial Navy Yard. “We worked with the Community Design Collaborative to develop conceptual plans to make 13th and 15th streets bike-friendly north of Oregon Ave. South of Oregon the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission is completing conceptual plans for a shared-use path along South Broad St to the Navy Yard gate.”
- Through May 12, the Penn Museum will exhibit the sensational Roman floor mosaics taken from Lod, Israel. “Tile floors from this era, the Late Roman Period, are not particularly rare, but this one is notable for its nearly pristine condition and the quality of its artistry. The different colors of stone were sourced from different quarries at considerable expense and the owner likely imported artisans and employed them for years to finish the floor.”
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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