The Hanging Gardens of Post-Industrial Philadelphia

Mrs Madrigal's Magic Rooftop Garden |

  • 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.
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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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