Philly LandCare Program Receives Recognition

The Philadelphia LandCare program (coordinated by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and funded by the city’s Office of Housing and Community Development) has recently been recognized as one of the 36 Bright Ideas for their involvement in addressing the urban blight and vacant lots here in Philly. The LandCare program model includes cleaning the lot, adding a layer of grass and trees as well as a storm water management berm and surrounding it with a wooden […]


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PPA Typo causes tickets for motorcyclists

We all know that the Philadelphia Parking Authority is the most ruthless and tightly run governmental agency in the city (honestly, if SEPTA ran with the proficiency and exact timeliness of the meter maid who works our block, we’d actually get to work on time), but what we didn’t know is that they might also be the most conniving. Working on the suggestion of one of our readers, we found that the motorcycle parking spots in […]


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Plazapalooza AT Grays Ferry Triangle

Finally, a reason to love triangles comes to Philly. We haven’t liked this shape since it bested us in Mrs. Bryant’s geometry class back in middle-school, but we are willing to give it second chance today at Plazapalooza: A Celebration of Spring at the Grays Ferry Triangles. The event, held between South and 23rd Streets, will run from 1-7pm. Live music from the likes of Paper Monster, The Absinthe Drinkers (foxes have always been wary […]


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Sister Cities Park’s Green New Facelift

Great progress for Mayor Nutter’s Green 2015 initiative this week (which plans to revamp 500 acres of underused land around the city into sustainable green spaces by 2015) as exciting new plans were announced to transform the city’s Logan Circle area into a green destination for locals and tourists alike. The plan calls for a complete overhaul of Sister Cities park, which if you didn’t know, is the area just south of Logan Circle that […]


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HISTORY BUFF: EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY

John Haviland (1792-1852) was the British architect behind the design of the Eastern State Penitentiary. In 1821, four different architects had submitted design proposals for the new prison, and it was ultimately Haviland’s design which was selected. The architect had drawn inspiration for his design from asylums and penitentiaries built in late 18th century England and Ireland. Our friend William Strickland (who would later design several notable buildings, including the Merchant’s Exchange in 1832) had […]


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DELOREAN MOMENT: PHILADELPHIA CIRCUS

Located at the corner of Callowhill Street and 10th, the Philadelphia Circus of 1890 was not in a typical location for a venue of this type. It sat outside of the theater district, towards the northern limits of the city. This ‘circus’ had originally been called the New National Theater when it opened in 1876. It featured both theatrical entertainment and animal acts. Despite its potentially exciting history of events, this block is now currently […]


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Sharing Backyards Launches In Philly, helps find unused yard space for city gardening

A new trend in city gardening is spreading across the country, and Philly got our own take on it earlier this month.  An urban garden sharing program that links people looking for a place to grow food with unused yard space has taken root with the help of some green-thumbed individuals. Black Cote grew up in Burlington, VT, with a big backyard that yielded tomatoes, sweet corn, lettuce, strawberries, cucumbers, pumpkins and zucchini. When he […]


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Hit List: Contemporary Art Keeps Punk Trick-Or-Treaters At Bay

The bi-level loft at 1728 Chestnut Street (Apt. 3) is furnished with the owner’s accoutrements, which, we aren’t sure, will help or hurt any rental inquiries. The 1,818-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo listed for $3750 a month has a pretty gorgeous roof deck (although we love that more modern, minimal style) to go along with the contemporary pieces (a general phrase used for “art” only a mother could love) and original artwork dotted throughout the home. The […]


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A New Take On Beer Coming To Manayunk From Hawthornes Cafe

A new beer boutique is coming to Manayunk at 4923 Main Street (formerly Events in Style) and the owners are no strangers to the city. The founders of Hawthornes Café, located in Philly’s Hawthorne section, have received a unanimous vote from the Manayunk Neighborhood City Council in favor of the new takeaway beer and food locale. The 1,700-square-foot space will not be a bar, but instead a quaint little location that will sell “fancy” beer […]


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HISTORY BUFF: REVISITING HORTICULTURAL HALL AND ITS ARCHITECT

Hermann J. Schwarzmann was a peculiar pick to design 34 structures for the Centennial Exhibition of 1876;  as an unproved engineer, he had never designed a building before. But not to let this seemingly substantial inexperience stand in his way, he set to work designing and building structures to honor one of our country’s most important anniversaries.  Two of the most notable structures that he designed were Horticultural Hall and Memorial Hall. Horticultural Hall was […]


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