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.

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