Going Old School At The Melrose Diner

Photo: Ryan Donnell, for Philadelphia Magazine

  • Philly Mag spends a month at the Melrose Diner—the “24-hour stainless-steel beacon of all things South Philly”—eavesdropping in on some of its regulars and exploring its stories from long ago, “when neighborhoods lived and breathed together in a way they don’t anymore.”
  • FlyingKite reports that a multi-purpose pavilion (though modest, at 36 by 36 feet) is to be built in Franklin Square by year’s end. Providing relief from extreme temperatures and inclement weather and a space for events, the pavilion will mean you can enjoy a Stephen Starr burger no matter the weather.
  • The ninth annual CitiesAlive conference, focusing on the green roof and green wall industry, will be held in Philadelphia this week, from November 30 through December 3, at the Sheraton at 17th & Race. The conference, its website claims, “examines how green roofs and walls can contribute to Philadelphia’s multi-billion dollar plans to utilize green infrastructure to revitalize its urban waters.”
  • PlanPhilly reports that the prospective organizations vying to preserve Penn’s Landing’s deteriorating USS Olympia has been reduced from six to four, only one of which is locally based. In May, a second round of applications will determine which coastal city will be granted control of the hefty project (estimates range from $12 million to $25 million).
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.

Send a message!



Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

Recent Posts
The Rise, Fall, & Revival Of North Broad's Opera Palace

The Rise, Fall, & Revival Of North Broad’s Opera Palace

June 14, 2018  |  Vantage

Rob McClung takes us on a journey through the turbulent history and present reawakening of the mighty Metropolitan Opera House at Broad and Poplar > more

A Brief History Of Race & Contested Space In West Philly

A Brief History Of Race & Contested Space In West Philly

June 11, 2018  |  Vantage

Mariam Williams dives deep into the social evolution of Malcolm X Park to unearth the history of race and economics within a neighborhood space > more

Italian Market Project Puts Fresh Eyes On A Philly Staple

Italian Market Project Puts Fresh Eyes On A Philly Staple

June 8, 2018  |  Vantage

The Italian Market Project mixes a walking tour with Philly-accented theater in a fun, immersive experience. Mickey Herr has the details > more

Taking History To The Streets With Preservation Activism

Taking History To The Streets With Preservation Activism

June 6, 2018  |  Soapbox

Ali Roseberry-Polier discusses civil rights history, selective public memory, and why she created an historical marker for a Black female activist who challenged segregation in 19th century Philadelphia > more

A Buzzy New Beginning For Poth Brewing Company

A Buzzy New Beginning For Poth Brewing Company

June 4, 2018  |  Last Light

Before renovations begin, Michael Bixler takes us inside the remains of Poth Brewing Company with this photo essay > more

One Smart Cookie: When Keebler Called Philly Home

One Smart Cookie: When Keebler Called Philly Home

June 1, 2018  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Girl Scout cookies: another city first! Harry K. gives a whirlwind history of America's favorite cake and cracker maker, Philly's own Keebler-Weyl Baking Company > more