Obviously, we’re generally only interested in development taking place in and around Philadelphia. But we also have a certain fascination with funky architecture stories from other cities. So when a reader sent along this story from The Atlantic Cities, we couldn’t resist sharing.
At first glance, you may think that the facade is falling off the house pictured above. It is, in a sense, but it’s actually a little more complicated than unexpectedly failing architecture in a seaside English town. The home you see above is actually a public art installation from designer Alex Chinneck. The home was previously blighted and vacant, and was acquired by the town’s government to turn into public housing. But the renovation isn’t expected to begin for about a year.
Past vs. Present
In an effort to both eliminate blight in the…
A reader was surprised the other day when they spotted a mural on a newish house on the northeast corner of Smedley & Fitzwater. Murals, from what we understand, are a complex undertaking that typically takes considerable planning and a decent amount of time to complete. That’s to say that they typically don’t pop up overnight. But that’s just what has seemingly happened here. Or have we just not visited this block in the last few weeks?
It’s true that the mural covers an otherwise uninspiring blank wall, and Mr. Mandela is certainly the type of international figure deserving depiction in public art. But if you look a little more closely at the new piece, you’ll notice that it has one unfortunate feature that we hope is corrected soon.
Missed a couple of drips there. Perhaps
Most scientists agree that we humans are rapidly making our way through the Earth’s fossil fuels. With cars being one of the more significant culprits in this phenomenon, alternative fuels have emerged in recent years to attempt to reduce the use of gasoline in getting us from one place to another. One such fuel, E85, combines 15% gasoline with 85% ethanol, a corn-based fuel.
Only one gas station in Philadelphia sells E85, the Shell at 12th & Vine, in the shadow of the Goldtex Apartments. And do they ever want the world to know about that special product they sell.
Check the mural
It’s a point of debate as to whether E85 is ultimately better for the environment than the alternative, and it doesn’t seem that this…
Just about anyone who’s walked around Philadelphia for a day would agree that we live in a city of murals. Whether they’re sprucing up blank walls downtown or serving as placeholders until vacant land can be developed, these works of public art make our city more vibrant, more interesting, and more cultured. In addition, the Mural Arts Program has impacted the lives of thousands of kids over the years, working both as an educational institution and as a community service program for juvenile delinquents.
Winter: Crystal Snowscape in Bella Vista
We mostly find ourselves reporting on murals being covered up by new development, like “Autumn,” once located two blocks away from the mural pictured above, or the Noam Chomsky mural now covered on Fairmount Avenue. So it brings us special pleasure to take the opposite approach today and tell…
In Francisville, the development seems to keep on coming. From four quadplexes at 16th and Poplar, to the major 55-unit Project H.O.M.E. development at Fairmount & Ridge, to a 35-unit development around 19th and Poplar, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. And as we were checking out the progress of some of these larger developments, we spotted a row of fluorescent orange ZBA apps posted at a vacant lot at 19th & Brown.
The project seeks to create four new triplexes, each one with its own roof deck and pilot house. The lots are owned by the Loonstyns, the developers responsible for the 35 aforementioned units and various other local projects, like the one developed last year at Fairmount and Uber Streets, where Mughsots now occupies a ground-floor retail location. Loonstyn Development acquired the four properties for $440K last July, according to public…
We were rolling through the neighborhood the other day and noticed this on the front of 2459-63 Frankford Ave.
Looking at the building you’d think it was one property- but it isn’t.
Recently, a buyer purchased the 12 foot-wide section of the building seen on the right, but two additional segments of the building are owned by another party. Hopefully, the new buyer will do some restoration work and inspire the owners of the rest of the building to improve their part of the structure’s facade.
But in the meantime, love the tentacle!
Love the tentacle!