Tacony Storefront To Become Hub Of Literary Respite And Artistic Collaboration

 

A former hardware store at 6918 Torresdale Avenue will soon be reopened as a library/artist studio.

A former hardware store at 6918 Torresdale Avenue will soon be reopened as a library/artist studio | Photo: Historic Tacony Revitalization Project

  • On March 31 the Tacony Free Library branch at Torresdale Avenue & Knorr Street closed its doors for eighteen months of extensive renovation. Its patrons will soon have another opportunity to satisfy their itch for the written word—and make some art in the process. Just two blocks north of the library branch, a former hardware store will double as a temporary library and a studio space for two artists-in-residence— Mariel Capanna, interested in realizing the first Mural Arts Program fresco in Philly, and Nick Cassway, who will create a parklet in front of the storefront, providing an outdoor reading room powered by solar energy, in homage to the pioneering work of Tacony native Frank Shuman (1862-1918) with that technology. An open house is planned at the Tacony Library and Arts Building (LAB) at 6918 Torresdale Avenue for Saturday, June 11, from 4PM-7PM.
  • Taken aggregately, the average home in Philadelphia has reassumed its pre-Great Recession values, says Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation economist Kevin Gillen. The report, analyzing the real estate data for 2016’s first quarter, cites a continuing discrepancy between inventory and population growth. “Going forward, [the recovery in prices] should relieve the gridlock and restore the market to a more balanced operational momentum.”
  • Naked Philly confirms that the former home (1983-2008) to the Please Touch Museum near 21st & Race Streets will be demolished to make room for eight homes. The blog reads this loss as a failure to adequately incentivize adaptive reuse.
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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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  1. Tacony has some grand old buildings but still a little crime plagued…not bad but it can still be saved

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