Ten years in the making, $4.6 million spent, and over 70,000 square feet of skateable surface: Paine’s Park is unique among American skate parks in that it is designed to solve multiple programming challenges: move people between the Schuylkill River and the Parkway, create a centralized gathering spot along the heavily used Schuylkill River Trail, and make it awesome enough to be a skateboarding destination like Love Park used to be. MORE
Quick Relief, 2nd & Market, Old City
The abandoned elevated railway lines that comprise the Reading Viaduct extend from Vine Street at 11th Street to Fairmount Avenue at 9th Street, with an east-west spur that connects the southern terminus of the viaduct to Broad Street. The railway viaduct began operating in the 1890s and ceased operation in 1984 upon opening of the Center City commuter rail connection. What is left of the viaduct is a section of elevated track atop a dramatic stone abutment that has been awkwardly severed at its southern and northern ends
At just over one mile in length, the viaduct park as envisioned will: connect a larger recreation network that includes the Schuylkill Banks, East Coast Greenway, and Delaware River Trail; fill a void in a neighborhood that is significantly underserved by existing park or green space; link the neighborhood to the existing and planned network of on-street bikeways; and reuse a remnant of the city’s industrial past. Comparable projects, such as the High Line in New York City and Promenade Plantée in Paris, have yielded a tremendous positive economic impact on surrounding land values and neighborhood investment.
I went to Circle Thrift in Fishtown on Friday. I had a feeling I was being stared at. I turned my head and saw this damn thing…and it scared the hell out of me.
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Billie Holiday was born as Eleanora Fagan on April 7,1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Holiday had a difficult childhood and her mother forced her to move to Baltimore with her half sister. She was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Critic John Bush wrote that Holiday “changed the art of American pop vocals forever.” She only co-wrote a few songs, but several of them have become jazz standards like “God Bless the Child” and “Lady Sings the Blues”. She was made famous with 1939 recording.
I picked Billie Holiday because she is well known for her voice. I like Billie Holiday’s music because its soft and soothing to me. Her music makes you feel comfortable because it has a soft beat. Billie Holiday biggest influences were Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong. One of Billie Holiday’s song’s was named the song of the century in 1999. It was called “Strange Fruit.” This song was wrote by Abel Meeropol. He wrote a poem about it then he made a song because he was disturbed with racism in America. It was printed in a teacher’s union publication and then he played it for a New York club. It was later given to Billie Holiday. When she decided to sing “Strange Fruit” it reached millions of people.
There is a ghost economy at work in Old City. Hand-painted advertisements from a different era, faded to the point of hardly being there at all, emerge like apparitions during building renovations.
“The signs have been buried behind a brick wall, or a building, or stucco for however many decades, and all of a sudden it’s there again,” said Lawrence O’Toole, author of the photography book “Fading Ads of Philadelphia.” Sometimes it gets covered right back up and it’s only there for a couple weeks, or less.”
O’Toole started taking photos of old advertisements painted on brick buildings as a thesis project 20 years ago, when he was a student at Drexel.
He was fascinated by the lettering and layout of the old signs, and how time had its way with them. That project turned into a blog, The Ghost Sign Project, and later, the book.