May 30, 2015 |
Once a year for the last decade, the city's designers and architects have come together for a weeklong festival of films, tours, open studios, talks, exhibitions, and art installations called DesignPhiladelphia. More or less synonymous with that festival is Hilary Jay, who cofounded it while running the Design Center at Philadelphia University and who managed it through moves to the University of the Arts and the AIA Philadelphia's Center for Architecture, where it's now based. Recently, Jay, of Washington Square, left her job as director of the Center for Architecture and of DesignPhiladelphia.
March 5, 2015
GOV. WOLF'S plans for Pennsylvania are a little like plans for a one-way trip to Mars. Not everybody's ready to sign up. Bold? Sure. Forward-looking? You bet. But like that Mars-or-bust business, pretty expensive, extremely ambitious and unlikely to fly. This is not to say Democrat Wolf's big ideas are bad: Cut the wage tax, cut property taxes, raise the minimum wage, cut business taxes and freeze tuition at state universities. And surely these plans meet Democrat Wolf's favorite self-describing adjective: "different.
March 2, 2015 |
Nora Lichtash has lived in Germantown for more than 40 years. Now she is pitching a development project there for affordable housing that would allow renters to convert their units into equity and home ownership. Lichtash's vehicle is a nonprofit known as the Women's Community Revitalization Project (WCRP). WCRP has operated in Philadelphia since 1987, and Lichtash has been director since 1990. In that time, the nonprofit has developed 250 affordable townhouses and apartments in all five counties of the region, investing about $4 million to date.
January 26, 2014 |
Imagine the universe as a snow globe - you know, one of those round glass paperweights you turn upside down and it snows. Within this snow globe is a little house and a little tree and two women who are stuck inside, trying to figure out what they're doing there. This is the premise of Snowglobe , a new play by Nicholas Wardigo at the Shubin Theatre. If you're going to premiere a whimsical one-act meditation on whether it is possible to prove the existence of God, you can't do better than to have Charlotte Northeast and Amanda Schoonover play Ingrid and Sonja, the two women.
August 20, 2013
IT'S HARD FOR ME to not like Ross Brightwell - part dreamer, part engaged citizen, part pain in the ass. The thing about Brightwell - his snowy hair and beard give him the appearance of a happy elf - is that he's not a pain in the ass on his own behalf. The Pittsburgh native is in love with his adopted Philadelphia and his belief that it can be so much better than it is. Decades ago, Pittsburgh, led by someone named King Mellon, decided its future did not lie with smokestack industries that provided wealth but also provided unbreathable air. Over time, Pittsburgh got clean and reinvented itself.
August 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - To Cory Booker, urban poverty isn't just a challenge to address as mayor of Newark. It's a national scourge eroding fundamental principles of equality. Disparities in public schools don't just need fixing, they represent "American apartheid. " But ask Rep. Frank Pallone about those issues, and he will talk about the "sequester" budget cuts and details of the No Child Left Behind law. Rush Holt, a fellow congressman, is likely to stress his views as a scientist and teacher, as he has in a series of self-described "Geek Out" Web videos featuring professorial breakdowns of climate change and Wall Street trading.
July 12, 2013 |
ARCHBISHOP CARROLL'S Derrick Jones is like any other rising high school junior. He is looking at colleges, and trying to make a decision that best fits him. The difference is, he has it narrowed down to a list of colleges that want him, and want him badly. Division I coaches from around the country were at Philadelphia University yesterday to catch some of the best recruits in the nation, including Jones, participate in the Reebok Classic Breakout Camp. The 6-6 Jones, who has offers from Syracuse, Maryland, Villanova, Penn State, Temple, Saint Joseph's, Kansas State and Kansas, is looking for a school that matches the way he plays: big. "I'm looking for a great fan base, a big arena, a big campus," Jones said.
July 3, 2013
ARIES (March 21-April 19) As the saying goes, "From an acorn grows a mighty oak. " Be sure your little idea is getting all the tending it needs to grow into a big idea. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Like a cosmetic advertiser, life might try to convince you that what's in the bottle will make you beautiful for $100. Do your research, though, because there's a $3 version that's just as effective. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) You know the truth when you hear it. Believing one true thing will change your whole day for the better.
March 13, 2013 |
WITH ITS animated series about a dead rapper's "spirit" who offers guidance to his children, no one can say Ossian Media isn't thinking out of the box. But that's the idea behind "House of Wallace," which will feature the children of the late Notorious B.I.G. - C.J. Wallace , 16, and T'yanna Wallace , 19 - trying to keep alive the hip-hop legend's Brooklyn recording studio. The show has not yet been picked up by a network, although a representative for Ossian says that "a few serious networks are in discussion.
April 13, 2012 |
In this city, it's not often you can implement a good idea without getting bogged down in bureaucratic mumbo jumbo or political mishmash. Let's face it, simple and effective is not something Philadelphia does well, what with its haze of antiquated agencies, undermining union obstacles, and pat-down political patronage. Too often, Philly is where good ideas go to die. That's why the idea the University of Pennsylvania had three years ago to have its students participate in an on-campus competition to develop practical public policy plans for the city is so refreshing.