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.”
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
From <em>Click</em> To Clink: A History Of Mug Shots In The Quaker City

From Click To Clink: A History Of Mug Shots In The Quaker City

September 20, 2018  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. gives us the backstory of Philadelphia's Rogues' Gallery, which has been tracking criminals in photographic form since the 1860s > more

Unlisted Philadelphia: Automobile Row

Unlisted Philadelphia: Automobile Row

September 18, 2018  |  Unlisted Philadelphia

Ben Leech spotlights unique and significant buildings not listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places with his architectural illustration series, Unlisted Philadelphia. In this installment, he puts the pedal to the metal on Automobile Row > more

Abandoned Navy Hangar Prepares For Final Battle

Abandoned Navy Hangar Prepares For Final Battle

September 14, 2018  |  Last Light

A demolition study for the Mustin Field Seaplane Hangar at the Navy Yard puts a structural engineering landmark on notice. Michael Bixler takes us inside > more

Twitter Bot Reveals Revenue Loss From Tax Abatement

Twitter Bot Reveals Revenue Loss From Tax Abatement

September 13, 2018  |  News

Starr Herr-Cardillo catches up with the software engineer behind Philly Tax Abatements, a new Twitter account that aggregates the cost of City money lost to the 10-year tax abatement > more

Harvey Finkle: Photographer Seeks Justice For The Other

Harvey Finkle: Photographer Seeks Justice For The Other

September 10, 2018  |  Walk the Walk

New photography exhibition explores South Philly's Jewish communities and the city's transitioning immigrant populations. Joe Brin has the story > more

New Book Gives Insight Into Uncovering Philly History

New Book Gives Insight Into Uncovering Philly History

September 6, 2018  |  Vantage

Mickey Herr sits down with author and Philly historian extraordinaire Kenneth Finkel to discuss his new book, "Insight Philadelphia" > more