Smokin’ Joe Almost Ready For Bronzin’


Photo: Brad Larrison, NewsWorks

The real deal | Photo: Brad Larrison, NewsWorks

  • NewsWorks stops by sculptor Stephen Layne’s Frankford Avenue studio, where he is just a few weeks away from completing the commissioned Joe Frazier statue that will be placed on the grounds of the demolished Spectrum. After being bronzed throughout the fall and winter, the memorial to Philadelphia’s greatest non-fictitious boxer will rise to 12 feet (including its pedestal) and weigh close to 1,800 pounds. Layne expects an April 2015 official unveiling.
  • The Roxborough Review shares some of its readers’ concerns over the proposed Wendy’s to be built on the demolished Bunting House’s lot, after a recent court decision made the fast-food chain’s construction more likely than not. Debate centers on the impact that the Wendy’s would have on the Ridge Avenue commercial corridor. Will its lackluster offerings (relative to Main Street downhill) be reinforced by this addition, or would it be better to remain more selective, holding out for a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods?
  • Tonight, from 6-8, the Philadelphia Center for Architecture invites the public to attend “Vintage Neon in Philadelphia,” a discussion led by neon expert Len Davidson, whose interest in his subject developed as a child of the mid-century American city. “This talk combines insider insights on neon signs, technology, and history with stunning images of classic neon pieces.” For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit the Center’s Facebook page, HERE.
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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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