Broad, Market, And The Wholesome City

 

"North Broad Street from City Hall, ca. 1895." | Photo via PhillyHistory.org

“North Broad Street from City Hall, ca. 1895.” | Photo via The Philly History Blog

  • On The Philly History Blog, Ken Finkel takes us back to July 4, 1874, to the laying of the cornerstone of City Hall, the culmination of William Penn and Thomas Holme’s mandate, nearly two centuries prior, to create an enviable settlement that unlike London “will never be burnt, and always be wholesome.” So much of Philadelphia’s geometric rationale is explained by the proximity of the imperial capital’s buildings to each other; the broad and high streets that the plan afforded could now be used to showcase architectural majesty at its very center.
  • A fifty-minute film commissioned by the Science Center in fulfillment of the One Percent for Art program will premiere this evening (6:30PM) at the Rotunda in West Philadelphia, reports NewsWorks. “Once We Get There,” by Dutch artists Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkeum, is the result of a simple yet stirring idea: give Philadelphians a GPS and voice recorder to see and hear how they interact with their city. “When you see the film,” says Polak, “you really get this difference experience of Philadelphia as a landscape. It’s not totally familiar. That’s what any landscape painter would aim for: a new kind of visualization. There’s a mystery around it. It’s not easy to explain.”
  • The volunteer group “Rebuilding Together Philadelphia,” which repairs and beautifies the homes of low income residents so as to prevent displacement, has just celebrated its 100th project in Mantua in the last four years, says CBS Philly. The next neighborhood that the nonprofit will focus upon is known to them as the “Eastern North,” or the area immediately east of Temple University.
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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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