Fabric Row Clothed In Light


50 white LED streetlights have been installed along Fabric Row | Photo: Plan Philly

50 white LED streetlights have been installed along Fabric Row | Photo: PlanPhilly

  • Monday night saw the unveiling of 50 new white LED street lamps along Fabric Row (4th Street, from Lombard to Christian), reports PlanPhilly. Gone are the cobraheads, in are a mix of traditional lampposts and overhead lamps that have brightened up the historic Queen Village corridor. Neighbors, we are told, are still getting used to the difference. Other street improvements included decorative crosswalks at two intersections and 13 trees. The $1.3 million initiative is but a preview of the South Street Headhouse District’s coming switch to white LEDs along South Street.
  • The Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) secured yesterday another two parcels in Point Breeze, where it plans to construct about 30 affordable rental homes, a third of which will be reserved for veterans with special needs. The Mamie Nichols Townhomes, to be situated at two locations on opposite sides of Point Breeze Avenue, should be ready in two to three years.
  • North Philly’s Wagner Free Institute of Science is featured in “Memory of a Time Twice Lived,” a short film now being shown at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania through March. Based on the 1962 French film “La Jetée,” “Memory of a Time Twice Lived” reflects on upon the natures of love, mortality, and time. Artist Angel Nevarez describes to NewsWorks’ Peter Crimmins how the natural history museum from 1865 reinforces those themes. “Walk into the Wagner, and you’re walking into the past, into a space locked away since the Victorian era.” “The taxidermic animals are paused in time,” adds her collaborator Valerie Tevere.”
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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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