March 4, 2015 |
In a remarkable career spanning three decades, Richard Price has found renown in separate if inextricably linked genres. He is known for crafting some of the most compelling crime stories on the contemporary scene, both as a novelist ( Clockers , Lush Life ) and an Oscar-nominated screenwriter ( The Color of Money , Night and the City , HBO's The Wire ). His eighth book, The Whites , follows the travails of a New York City detective who becomes obsessed with a decades-old unsolved murder.
January 24, 2015 |
Temple University has spent a billion dollars over the last decade transforming itself from a commuter college into a residential school that can draw students nationally. It's added glassy classroom buildings, a ritzy skyscraper dorm, and amenities such as cafés and rock-climbing walls. Yet, for all the flash, it was never clear how the expensive parts were supposed to fit together. With the completion of a new master plan last year and the hiring of a university architect in 2011, Temple seems to have finally found its compass.
January 22, 2015 |
It might seem a perverse exercise to some, but one of Philadelphia's most venerable institutions, the Athenaeum, has sponsored an architectural competition - Looking Forward : Reimagining the Athenaeum of Philadelphia - seeking designs for a new building. Not to worry. The bookish Athenaeum, situated in a splendid National Historic Landmark Italianate brownstone on Washington Square at 219 S. Sixth Street, is not really looking for a new home. It is not going anywhere.
January 11, 2015 |
Siobhan Reardon's first move as head of the Free Library of Philadelphia in 2008 could have left her permanently vilified in this town. Faced with a 20 percent cut in city funding and a 34 percent drop in state money, she and Mayor Nutter proposed closing 11 libraries, including four historic Carnegie libraries, to bridge the gap. Residents protested and a lawsuit stopped the proposal, which Nutter later called the worst of his tenure....
January 10, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The new method of casino taxation under consideration by state legislators could have an unintended casualty: the highly regarded Atlantic City Free Public Library. State legislators acknowledged Thursday that the Atlantic City recovery bills, as currently written, would leave the library in the lurch for much of its current $5 million budget. Library director Maureen Sherr-Frank said Thursday that it would remove 70 percent of the funding. Marshall Spevak, aide to State Sen. Vincent Mazzeo, said legislators would seek a remedy in the bill to prevent any drastic impact on the library, which also operates a branch on Richmond Avenue, and the city's historical museum and archives.
January 5, 2015 |
Boom! The kickoff cannon sounded at 8 a.m. on the dot, and the red-wagon pullers were off. Cheerful despite the early-January cold, residents streamed onto Wallace Avenue on Saturday in a wagon train of brightly decorated vehicles, ready to finish moving the Downingtown Library to its new home. Wagonload by wagonload, the volunteer brigade moved 1,200 boxes of books from the building that had housed them for 100 years to a new spot six blocks away. The wagon train, organized by local Rotarians, was a community spectacle - and one of the final steps in a historic event 20 years in the making.
December 30, 2014 |
Ted Paluch never considered himself much of a soldier. But the 92-year-old veteran's lips began to quiver when asked what he learned from World War II. "It made me a little more tolerant," he said. Paluch fell silent, adjusted his glasses, and pulled a tissue from the pocket of his blazer. "That's about it," he whispered. Sitting in a Philadelphia office on Sunday morning, Paluch recalled his experience surviving the Malmedy massacre of 1944, when German troops lined up and killed 84 U.S. soldiers captured during the Battle of the Bulge.
December 27, 2014 |
Like his fellow students at Conestoga High School in Tredyffrin Township, 14-year-old Warren Zhao was excited Tuesday to start a week and a half of vacation from school. But less than two hours after school let out, Zhao was combing through stacks of nonfiction books. He had volunteered to help the financially struggling Tredyffrin Public Library recover from flooding that hit the day after Thanksgiving. "I feel like it's my duty as a citizen of the community to help out as much as possible," said Zhao, who also volunteered on Sunday with fellow members of Boy Scout Troop Devon 50. "I came back because when I got here, I didn't think the flooding would be that bad. " Plumbing malfunctions caused part of the library to flood a month ago, destroying carpets and furniture, and damaging some shelves and drywall.
December 11, 2014 |
Temple University has unveiled plans for a sleek, new $190 million library that will span a city block and serve as an anchor in the heart of the North Philadelphia campus. The 210,000-square-foot library - which will rise at the current site of Barton Hall, between Liacouras Walk and 13th Street - will replace Paley Library, which will be retooled as a welcome center, with a cafe, classrooms, and gathering spaces. A rendering by the architectural firm Snøhetta shows a futuristic expanse with a sweeping front arch, a green roof, and an outdoor balcony offering cross-campus views.
December 3, 2014
A photo caption accompanying a commentary Monday should have noted that the Masterman School's library has reopened and that the principal at the time of the closure, Marjorie Neff, has since retired from that position.