February 25, 2016 |
Philadelphia's Parkway Corp. and Houston-based Hanover Co. plan to break ground Wednesday on a pair of six-story apartment buildings flanking North Broad Street at its intersection with Callowhill Street. The Hanover North Broad project, which will encompass 339 apartments and about 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, will replace two surface parking lots owned by Parkway, the companies said in a press release. The project is among a wave of residential development that will bring 5,833 new housing units to central Philadelphia over the next three years, according to the Center City District business group.
January 25, 2016 |
HIGH ABOVE the Callowhill neighborhood on the elevated, long-abandoned Reading Viaduct railway bed, there is a swing suspended from the rusted ruins of the catenary wires that once powered trains to North Philly, Germantown, and beyond. Bundled against a recent wintry morning, Sarah McEneaney sat on that swing as she has many times before, gliding gracefully through the frigid air with a warm smile, happy that her longtime dream will soon come true. By late spring or early summer, construction is expected to begin on the $9.6 million first phase of the Viaduct Rail Park - the initial quarter-mile section of a three-mile railbed that begins behind the defunct Steak & Bagel Train railcar diner on the east side of Broad Street near Noble and heads north.
December 26, 2015 |
An unseasonably warm and wet Wednesday night at Boot & Saddle on the eve of Christmas Eve would have been perfect for The Shondes, the headlining Bikini Kill-like Brooklyn band whose name means "shame" in Yiddish. Their vocals are liquidly melodic and their lyrics are politically heated. Alas (and for reasons still unknown), The Shondes canceled the Boot & Saddle show, leaving the highlight and headlining slot to the much loved, predominantly female Philadelphia power pop-punk quartet Callowhill and their opener, the moody, one-girl-band Hot Tears.
January 20, 2015 |
WALLY SHAW took up residence in Philadelphia in 2001, and in just two years, he was on a mural. Might be some kind of record there, but Wally didn't really want to be on the mural at 18th and Callowhill streets that depicts elderly people taking up new skills in their golden years. Artist Donald Gensler called it "Lifelong Learning," and as it neared completion, he felt that Wally, who was in his 90s and helped plan the mural, needed to be in it. He is shown holding a video camera, with which he made films in his senior years after a long career as a physician, teacher and researcher.
November 13, 2014 |
ANGERED BY rumors that the proposed "Live! Hotel & Casino" at the South Philly sports complex will be granted a license on Tuesday, more than 500 residents jammed Stella Maris Church school hall on 10th Street near Bigler last night to protest. "Your civic leaders have done everything possible to stop this train wreck," said Barbara Capozzi, the Packer Park community director in the Sports Complex Special Services District. "We don't want to be the next Atlantic City. " Capozzi said that if the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board chooses the site at Packer Avenue near 10th Street over 8th and Market or North Broad Street near Callowhill, it would be disastrous for the neighborhood's 9,000 residents in 4,100 households.
April 15, 2014
A decade or so of persistent community activism is paying off in the Callowhill warehouse district, which is on its way to carving a vibrant residential identity from the city's industrial past. The city and state set aside $5.3 million to convert a quarter-mile Reading Railroad spur into a park. Residents and the Center City District have raised $70,000 on their own, a strong signal of the commitment they would provide once a park is built. Foundation grants are expected as well to help cover the $8.6 million cost of the first phase.
January 16, 2014 |
IT'S NOT UNUSUAL for a casino developer to negotiate a benefits agreement with its neighbors once the casino's license is granted - in 2008, two years after they were awarded the first-ever casino license in Philadelphia, owners of Fishtown's SugarHouse Casino signed one. But Bart Blatstein's Tower Entertainment - which wants to open Provence Casino at Broad and Callowhill streets - has been trying to get an agreement with its neighbors signed,...
December 13, 2013 |
Demonstrators chanting in Spanish and English demanded a halt to deportations - " Ni una mas ," or "Not one more" - and blocked two driveways at the detention center of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Philadelphia on Wednesday. The action by about 40 protesters was designed to stop the vans that transport immigrant detainees to prisons in York and Pike Counties every day. But the two hours of civil disobedience at 16th and Callowhill Streets ended without incident around 4 p.m. after federal and local police on bicycles and foot threw a cordon around the group and waited it out. That left a handful of seated protesters, including a mother from Colombia and her 22-year-old son, leading chants with a bullhorn and praying the rosary in bitter cold.
April 9, 2013
MUSEUM-EXHIBITION designer Aaron Goldblatt's feathered fedora and rainbow-colored Converse kicks aren't getting near as much sun they should this Sunday. As his wife, Please Touch Museum president Laura Foster, walks into their Logan Square home, she tells him how beautiful it is outside. "I wouldn't know!" Goldblatt says. Goldblatt, 58, a partner at Metcalfe Architecture & Design, has spent his day inside, talking about what he hopes to do outside with 50 city blocks' worth of the old Philadelphia and Reading Railroad.
March 26, 2013 |
"Thank you for going on this enormous date with us," Thao Nguyen of San Francisco's Thao & The Get Down Stay Down told the crowd at Underground Arts on Saturday night. The show - in a basement venue at 1200 Callowhill St. - did feel like an intimate, almost illicit affair, as Nguyen and openers Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside delivered blistering sets bubbling over with energy, sexuality, and empowerment. "Yes, we get naked but not naked enough," Nguyen said on "Every Body" from We the Common , the band's new album, full of bold pronouncements set to hip-shaking folk-rock underpinned with elements of hip-hop and world beat.