- Next City discusses the winning entries of last week’s “Soak It Up!” design competition from Infill Philadelphia, concluding that “it turns out you can do some pretty cool stuff with water.” “There were rain cisterns subbing for windows at an old North Philadelphia warehouse, wetlands in place of parking spots outside a Pathmark, and a pitch for stackable, slow-draining water tanks that would do double duty as patio furniture for the rowhomes of the Queen Village neighborhood.”
- The Philadelphia History Museum, since reopening last year after it sold off some of its collection for the sake of a 1.5$ million project aimed at refocusing its operation, has seen more than 10,000 visitors. “I really think we have blown the dust off the old Atwater Kent,” says executive director Charles Croce. “It was always a wonderful museum. But the exhibits are much more dynamic now.”
- Technically Philly stops by the reconverted coworking space “The Loom” to talk to the seven workers of Allen L. Geiser and Son, “one of the last remaining book binderies on the East Coast.” “Despite the dismal climate for publishing, [production supervisor Sandy Craig] still believes there’s a need for this kind of specialty work. She said she just needs to get the Geiser and Son name out there, get the right eyes on it.”
- The Environmental Protection Agency says that Philadelphia, with its 174 Energy-Star certified buildings, comes in at number 11 in cities with the most of such a designation. “That’s up from 15th in 2011 and 24th in 2009,” reports CBS Philly.
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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