The Hanging Gardens of Post-Industrial Philadelphia

Mrs Madrigal's Magic Rooftop Garden | foursquare.com

  • Grid reports on the status of urban rooftop gardening. While the philosophy has proven itself on the grassroots level, a commercial-scale operation remains elusive to Philadelphia. However, SHARE Food Program’s distribution center in Allegany West —with some help from the Community Design Collaborative—plans to expand its current on-site farming scheme (now producing 20 crops a season) onto its 3.5 acre roof.
  • NewsWorks discusses the work of five women laboring to personalize the homicide statistics of 2012—about 70 so far. The artists’ “Mamacita Collective” constructs unique black wire vessels to represent each victim. “We’re trying to have people slow down and really recognize that these are people’s lives here, said Brenda Howell. “It’s not something that’s supposed to be expected.”
  • In 2007, the Girard Estate purchased a 16,000 square foot building at 1222-24 Walnut in the hopes of moving its operations there. But now, as the Business Journal reports, it has been sold to B&M Leasing at $1.92 million, about half of what Girard paid for it five years ago.
  • Curbed Philly shows off the Provident Mutual Building—to be transformed as the headquarters for the Police, Health Department, and morgue—through a photo essay of exterior shots.
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
New Museum In The Works For America's First Male Saint

New Museum In The Works For America’s First Male Saint

January 18, 2019  |  News

The Shrine of St. John Neumann on Girard Avenue is a melting pot brimming with religious devotion. It's also a destination for curious tourists looking to get a glimpse of the saint's body enshrined in a glass casket. A museum dedicated to the life and work of the famed Philadelphia bishop will open this spring. John Henry Scott has the story > more

Op-ed: Balance Lost Buildings With Those Saved In 2018

Op-ed: Balance Lost Buildings With Those Saved In 2018

January 15, 2019  |  Soapbox

Paul Steinke of the Preservation Alliance offers a counterpoint to our Lost Buildings of 2018 list with this opinion piece > more

Jefferson Makes Room For Modernism With New Preservation Program

Jefferson Makes Room For Modernism With New Preservation Program

January 4, 2019  |  News

Jefferson University brings Modernist architecture to the forefront with their new historic preservation program and center for studies. Michael Bixler has the news > more

House Museum In North Philly Plans Monument For Former Slave

House Museum In North Philly Plans Monument For Former Slave

January 3, 2019  |  Vantage

Stenton, the former plantation house in Logan, prepares to honor Dinah with their new project, Inequality in Bronze. Keshler Thibert has the details > more

Lost Buildings of 2018

Lost Buildings of 2018

December 27, 2018  |  News

Philadelphia's preservation crisis reached a critical high in 2018 with a record-breaking number of demolition permits approved by the City. Here we highlight some of the biggest loses to our built environment in our annual end-of-year list > more

Having A Good One This Holiday Season In Philadelphia

Having A Good One This Holiday Season In Philadelphia

December 21, 2018  |  Last Light

Seasons Greetings from Hidden City! Michael Bixler dives deep into the archives and brings back a bounty of Philly holiday cheer > more