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December 13, 1992 | By Thomas Hine, INQUIRER ARCHITECTURE CRITIC
The phrase "Avenue of the Arts," describing South Broad Street, has been in the air since the mid-1970s. The row of multistory, lighted A's that spanned the street to dramatize this concept a decade ago was a successful bit of urban pageantry. But the idea of an arts district anchored by the Academy of Music and a new home for the Philadelphia Orchestra was elusive and ungrounded. During the last 15 years, the number of arts organizations seeking new facilities has grown, city government's financial problems have worsened and the Philadelphia Orchestra fell flat in its effort to build a new hall.
NEWS
August 16, 2005 | By Kathy Boccella INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a city that has trouble providing jobs, curbing crime and educating its children, establishing a six-theater arts district might seem an extravagance. To Paul Fejko, who envisions doing just that in Chester, it's a necessity. "Much of society has forgotten that the arts are part of a normal, civilized culture," he said last week, sitting in the first of his proposed theaters, a dollhouse-size cabaret at the corner of Fifth Street and Edgmont Avenue. "The arts are a way to solve many problems.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2004 | By BECKY BATCHA -- For the Daily News
SOMETIMES IT seems that Philadelphians are genetically programmed to shop on east-west streets, like Market and Walnut. But now that Broad Street has attracted a critical mass of retailers - on top of all those shiny new cultural spaces and restaurants - it's worth reconsidering the city's Y-axis as a holiday shopping destination. The mix of stores on and near the Avenue of the Arts is appropriately eclectic for an arts district, with a handful of popular retail chains like Banana Republic and Tower Records, a couple of Philly institutions like I. Goldberg and Mitchell & Ness, two unusually good gift shops inside major cultural venues, and a brave new cluster of high-end boutiques on lowbrow 13th Street, one block over.
NEWS
February 1, 2007 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It began with ghosts. In September, tours of supposedly ghostly places in West Chester were the first events sponsored by the infant Chester County Cultural Center. Then, on Jan. 27, the Cultural Center - in the auditorium of the Chester County Historical Society - took its second baby step, hosting its first performance, right there in the auditorium. Location mattered, Malcolm Johnstone said in an interview, because the cultural center consists of just the auditorium.
NEWS
December 25, 2011 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Back in Nucky Thompson's fictional Atlantic City, as imagined by HBO, there was an arts district all right. Yeah, it was Angela Darmody painting half-faced man Richard Harrow in a house on the beach, and if you watched the last two episodes of Boardwalk Empire this month, you know how that all worked out. Not too well. Luckily, in the present-day and real-life Atlantic City, the arts district idea, unlike Angela, is alive and kicking, if a bit pie in the sky. But it's one of a bevy of ideas now under consideration as the master plan for Gov. Christie's tourism district takes shape.
NEWS
July 13, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - They are still dancing in Atlantic City. In a summer of bad news along casino row, Phyllis Papa, founder, choreographer, and director of the 32-year-old Atlantic City Ballet, has found her place on the Boardwalk for the first time. Long headquartered outside of the city, the company has settled into its new home at Boardwalk Hall, with all the dancers living close by in two big houses. The company will dance regularly at the Claridge, on the Boardwalk at Kennedy Plaza, and in a series of "Up Close and Personal" performances inside its new ballet studio in Room 311 at Boardwalk Hall.
NEWS
August 14, 1993 | by Ivelys Figueroa, Daily News Staff Writer
Picture a glamorous night out on the town, a night highlighted by a trip to the theater to see a hot new play and topped with a candlelight dinner at one of the highly praised surrounding restaurants. Now picture that part of town is North Philadelphia - North Broad Street to be exact. This is part of a vision held by the Uptown Cultural District Group, composed of North Philadelphia organizations such as the Uptown Theatre/JAMM Productions, New Freedom Theater, Black Family Reunion Celebration, Black United Fund of Pennsylvania, and the Coalition of African American Cultural Organizations.
NEWS
April 14, 2011 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
ATLANTIC CITY - Government agencies and private businesses are looking to revitalize Atlantic City's downtown as another way to help the struggling gambling resort thrive. At an economic growth forum Wednesday, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) unveiled plans that included new residential and commercial development near Atlantic City's shopping and outlet store district, The Walk. It also proposed housing for students and casino workers in underused sections of the city, and consolidating government offices in a dense area of downtown to generate more economic activity there.
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
BURLINGTON CITY City officials are rolling up their sleeves to pass measures that could spark a revival in the half-shuttered downtown and generate interest in the vacant buildings that dot the city. Last month, the City Council proposed the creation of an arts district on East Union Street, where a vacant fire hall is expected to be turned into a restaurant within a year. Jim Kennedy, a redevelopment consultant hired by the city last year, said the designation of the arts district is "the very first step.
NEWS
February 5, 2002 | By Louise Harbach INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Herb Leary spent 35 years in Camden fighting and investigating fires before he retired two years ago as the city's acting fire chief. In this Cumberland County community, Leary's association with flames ends with the burners under the pots in the restaurant he opened in October and is planning to expand. What once was a boarding house, long abandoned, today is the East Main Street Cafe. The 100-year-old two-story brick home, on East Main Street, was in need of repair when Leary bought it for $52,000 in June.
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July 13, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - They are still dancing in Atlantic City. In a summer of bad news along casino row, Phyllis Papa, founder, choreographer, and director of the 32-year-old Atlantic City Ballet, has found her place on the Boardwalk for the first time. Long headquartered outside of the city, the company has settled into its new home at Boardwalk Hall, with all the dancers living close by in two big houses. The company will dance regularly at the Claridge, on the Boardwalk at Kennedy Plaza, and in a series of "Up Close and Personal" performances inside its new ballet studio in Room 311 at Boardwalk Hall.
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
BURLINGTON CITY City officials are rolling up their sleeves to pass measures that could spark a revival in the half-shuttered downtown and generate interest in the vacant buildings that dot the city. Last month, the City Council proposed the creation of an arts district on East Union Street, where a vacant fire hall is expected to be turned into a restaurant within a year. Jim Kennedy, a redevelopment consultant hired by the city last year, said the designation of the arts district is "the very first step.
NEWS
December 25, 2011 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Back in Nucky Thompson's fictional Atlantic City, as imagined by HBO, there was an arts district all right. Yeah, it was Angela Darmody painting half-faced man Richard Harrow in a house on the beach, and if you watched the last two episodes of Boardwalk Empire this month, you know how that all worked out. Not too well. Luckily, in the present-day and real-life Atlantic City, the arts district idea, unlike Angela, is alive and kicking, if a bit pie in the sky. But it's one of a bevy of ideas now under consideration as the master plan for Gov. Christie's tourism district takes shape.
NEWS
December 10, 2011 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
A new theater is coming to downtown Norristown next fall. The professional stage company Theatre Horizon plans to open a 120-seat house of its own, a $900,000 project being funded by private donors and audience members, plus Norristown and Montgomery County. The company's cofounders and artistic directors, Erin Reilly and Matthew Decker, will officially announce the new theater, to be housed in the former Bell Telephone building next to the county courthouse at DeKalb and Penn Streets, at the opening Friday of Voices of Christmas.
NEWS
April 14, 2011 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
ATLANTIC CITY - Government agencies and private businesses are looking to revitalize Atlantic City's downtown as another way to help the struggling gambling resort thrive. At an economic growth forum Wednesday, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) unveiled plans that included new residential and commercial development near Atlantic City's shopping and outlet store district, The Walk. It also proposed housing for students and casino workers in underused sections of the city, and consolidating government offices in a dense area of downtown to generate more economic activity there.
NEWS
February 1, 2007 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It began with ghosts. In September, tours of supposedly ghostly places in West Chester were the first events sponsored by the infant Chester County Cultural Center. Then, on Jan. 27, the Cultural Center - in the auditorium of the Chester County Historical Society - took its second baby step, hosting its first performance, right there in the auditorium. Location mattered, Malcolm Johnstone said in an interview, because the cultural center consists of just the auditorium.
NEWS
August 16, 2005 | By Kathy Boccella INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a city that has trouble providing jobs, curbing crime and educating its children, establishing a six-theater arts district might seem an extravagance. To Paul Fejko, who envisions doing just that in Chester, it's a necessity. "Much of society has forgotten that the arts are part of a normal, civilized culture," he said last week, sitting in the first of his proposed theaters, a dollhouse-size cabaret at the corner of Fifth Street and Edgmont Avenue. "The arts are a way to solve many problems.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2004 | By BECKY BATCHA -- For the Daily News
SOMETIMES IT seems that Philadelphians are genetically programmed to shop on east-west streets, like Market and Walnut. But now that Broad Street has attracted a critical mass of retailers - on top of all those shiny new cultural spaces and restaurants - it's worth reconsidering the city's Y-axis as a holiday shopping destination. The mix of stores on and near the Avenue of the Arts is appropriately eclectic for an arts district, with a handful of popular retail chains like Banana Republic and Tower Records, a couple of Philly institutions like I. Goldberg and Mitchell & Ness, two unusually good gift shops inside major cultural venues, and a brave new cluster of high-end boutiques on lowbrow 13th Street, one block over.
NEWS
September 13, 2003
The 11-story office building being readied for students of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts doesn't look much like a new gem on the city's cultural landscape. Just wait 'til the paint dries. Its ground floor may be shrouded in scaffolding. But high inside the old Navy recruiting post at Broad and Cherry Streets, students' creative juices are flowing. And along the North Broad Street side, a stunning two-story exhibition space is taking shape behind the scenes.
NEWS
May 9, 2003 | By Jeff Hurvitz
If buildings could see, City Hall's tower would be the eyes of the nation. Now with the April 28 reopening of its observation deck, tourists can once again view a snapshot of our country's development. For five weeks, the tower was closed as U.S. troops fought in Iraq to oust a dictator, liberate a people, and create an opening for democracy. That war took place far away, in the cradle of civilization. Here, in the cradle of liberty, an orange alert had curtailed access to many areas, including the tower.
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