September 12, 2016 |
Although it has been out of service for most of the last 40 years, the old Spring Garden School on 12th Street between Ogden and Parrish Streets holds endless fascination for David Cleghorn. "It is an incredibly beautiful building," said Cleghorn, senior vice president of real estate development of Help USA, one of the nation's largest providers of affordable housing and social services. "There are still textbooks from the 1970s sitting on the desks," he said. The graffiti inside the building is "high-quality street art," Cleghorn said, and "we will certainly try to salvage as much as we can. " That last statement provides a clue to the future of Spring Garden School No. 1, designed by Irwin Thornton Catharine, who from 1920 to 1937 was chief architect of the Philadelphia public school system.
June 20, 2016 |
His goal, he said, will be "DiCianni Tower," a residential high-rise like no other in Philadelphia. Today, however, Frank DiCianni is more than satisfied with 1703 Pine St., a mixed-use building that the 2012 Drexel grad and son of architect Francesco DiCianni spent six months bringing back to life. "It wasn't even for sale," said DiCianni, who lives in the neighborhood and walks by the building - home of the long-shuttered Rittenhouse Cleaners - every day. After finding the building's owner in Brooklyn, N.Y., DiCianni said, "I made a deal.
June 15, 2016
By Joseph J. DeFelice During the months-long debate about Mayor Kenney's proposed soda tax, we heard the same argument over and over: This is for the kids. Now, as Council has advanced a "compromise" bill that is likely to pass Thursday, an eleventh-hour change means that much of the revenue is going to a slew of the mayor's distinctly non-child-related priorities. This includes $41 million over four years for the city's general fund - from your pocket to the city's coffers. Yes, all those children they trucked in for "read-ins" at City Hall were unwittingly supporting our spiraling pension costs and opaque city contracts, which city Democrats are loath to address.
June 6, 2016 |
I don't water lawns. I consider it a waste of a precious resource, and years of experience have taught me that the grass will come back after a dry or hot spell. I do water our gardens, though, and I've just hooked up a diverter to one of the garage downspouts that is convenient to our raised beds, for both watering by hand and setting up a drip-irrigation system. I attached two rain barrels to the diverter, and they filled up in a few hours on one of May's many rainy days. The diverter I chose closes automatically when the barrels are filled, and whatever rain falls from then on is directed into the splash block and away from the garage's foundation.
May 12, 2016
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You can go forward without support; plenty of people have done it before you. But your journey will be so much easier with the power of like minds and the intentions of kindred spirits behind you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The thing you've been working on has an important purpose, though that purpose may seem secondary in the rush you get when you display the spoils publicly and invoke instant envy. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your life is either defined by your most cherished goals, or it is defined by surreptitious aims that are in conflict with those goals.
April 14, 2016
By Arthur Caplan, Lee Igel, and Dominic Sisti With one week to go in the NBA regular season, Sam Hinkie decided to step down as general manager and president of basketball operations of the Philadelphia 76ers. As Sixers fans know, Hinkie has deliberately had the team tanking for years. His departure has to do with the Sixers brass, at the behest of an aghast NBA, forcing him to share decision-making authority with newly recruited executive Bryan Colangelo. But mainly Hinkie's departure has to do with a failure of "The Process.
March 19, 2016 |
For the most part, Michael McDermott seemed to be taking advantage last week of the unseasonably warm March weather. He rode his bike to meet me at Mount Airy's High Point Café, where he was enjoying an iced coffee when I arrived. The one incongruous element was his decidedly chillier choice of reading material: On the table between us sat a paperback copy of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The actual title of that collection of texts, which traces the experience of the consciousness after death, is Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State . McDermott, who performs and records under the name Mikronesia, borrowed that title for his concert this weekend in Kensington, which is meant to accompany a less permanent limbo.
November 18, 2015 |
DOZENS OF shrink-wrapped boxes containing unused wireless network equipment have been stacked away for years inside a city warehouse, the City Controller's Office has found. The equipment was part of a $2 million purchase the city made in 2010, with federal grant money, to launch a public-safety Wi-Fi system. The plan was eventually put on hold and the equipment has been rendered obsolete, city officials said. Following the discovery of the unused equipment, City Controller Alan Butkovitz is asking that the Nutter administration conduct an assessment of the wireless equipment to determine its value and compatibility with current technology.
October 21, 2015 |
'Well . . . I was expecting Romeo and Juliet ," said one theatergoer in a slightly embarrassed murmur at a recent Quintessence Theatre Group intermission. In contrast to Shakespeare's supremely idealistic love story, The Mandrake by Niccolo Machiavelli (yes, that Machiavelli) enveloped the stage with cynicism and lust, as translated by Wallace Shawn during the sex-steeped, pre-AIDS 1970s. The mix-up was understandable: Quintessence is doing the two plays in repertory in a daring juxtaposition that ultimately works for the kind of intelligent theatergoer who's interested in sociological contrasts.
July 3, 2015 |
On the third Saturday of the month, about 200 Southern Californians trek to a San Diego farm just north of the Mexican border for what might be the country's biggest monthly potluck. In Nashville, it's the third Thursday when residents from all parts of the city come together to share dishes they've prepared, preferably using ingredients from their own gardens. Then there's the annual summer food bloggers' potluck in upper Bucks County that has become such a major event that it draws sponsorship from prominent food corporations.