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Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia
October 25, 2011
Philadelphia Daily Record
LUPUS AWARENESS brought family, friends and colleagues together for F3 (Fashion, Food and Fall) Celebration held at Mansion Le Blanc this past Saturday. F3, a Lupus fundraiser, utilized talents of local jewelry designers, fashion designers and up-and-coming caterers to delight those in attendance. â€œF3 is only the first of many more Lupus fundraisers in Phila. We are about to blow this secret out of the water,â€? said Leyla Moreno, seated center, event organizer and also lupus activist and sufferer. Photo by Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography
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Oct. 21Fundraiser for Council candidate Bill Rubin at Stevenson’s Tavern, 4300 Comly St., 6-8 p.m. Contribution $35. Oct. 2126th Ward GOP Fabulous Fall Festival at Waterfall Rm., 2015 S. Water St., 7 p.m. For info (215) 468-2300. Oct. 2119th Ward Democrats host Meet the Candidates Beef & Beer fundraiser at New Palladium, 229 W. Allegheny Ave., 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Sponsors $100, community businesses $25. For info Ward leader Leslie Lopez (484) 988-2422. Oct. 22Philly Cares Day targets S. Phila. HS at Broad & Snyder Ave., 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. For info or to volunteer call Matthew Mumber (215) 564-4544. Oct. 22State Sen. LeAnna Washington hosts Walk To End Domestic Violence at W. River Dr. & Ben Franklin Blvd., 9 a.m. registration, Walk starts 10:30 a.m. Pre-register at http://conta.cc/Walktoenddomesticviolence or call (215) 5454715. Oct. 22Democrat 43rd Ward Leader Emmanuel Vazquez hosts Chick & Fish Fry at Black Pearl, Old York Rd. & Erie Ave., 6-10 p.m. $10. Oct. 23Men’s Club of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, host Candidates Brunch at Karff Auditorium, 9768 Verree Rd., 9 a.m. Free brunch. For info and reservations Harris Popolow (215) 676-7486. THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD
Oct. 23Wine & Cheese Fundraiser hosted by Louis S. Schwartz for Lewis Harris, Jr., GOP candidate for Traffic Court Judge, at 7112 N. Broad St., 6:30-9 p.m. $50 donation. For info (215) 651-4757. Oct. 23Bring your pet to meet 10th District Council Candidate Bill Rubin and get photographed by Erin Fagin at Cannstatters, 9130 Academy Road, 1 to 5 pm. Raising Awareness for No-Kill Animal Rescue. Oct. 24State Rep. Michelle Brownlee hosts Older & Wiser workshop for seniors on retirement benefits at University Sq., 3901 Market St., 10 a.m.-12 p.m. For info (215) 684-3738. Oct. 24Wanda Logan hosts Community Job Fair at Shepard Rec Ctr., 5700 Haverford Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Positions range from retail, blue-collar, secretarial and food services to management. Bring 10cc of your résumé; dress for interviews. Oct. 24Fundraiser for Council candidate David Oh at Zarwin Baum, 1818 Market St., 13th fl. Contribution $100, $250, $500 or $1,000. For info Eunice Lee (215) 561-2000 or email@example.com. Oct. 25Fundraiser for judicial candidate Angelo Foglietta at offices of Stephen A. Sheller, 1528 Walnut St., 3rd fl, 5-8 p.m. Supporter $150, Friend $250, Patron $500. For info Thomas P. Muldoon, Esq. (215) 545-1776, ext. 3.
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Curry Backs Package Of Natural Disaster Aid State Rep. Lawrence Curry (DNortheast) has signed on as a cosponsor of four pieces of legislation which would aid individuals, businesses and communities experiencing natural disasters. “The sudden and disastrous flooding which hit the Commonwealth, especially locally in Cheltenham and other communities, shows quick response is critical for recovery,” Curry said. The first bill would authorize the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, to provide low-interest loans to individuals, families and businesses who would not qualify for disaster assistance under federal programs or other PEMA programs.
The second bill would speed the delivery of funds to those who need them. PEMA would be authorized to distribute short-term loans to individuals and communities who have been approved for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but are awaiting distribution of their funds. PEMA would be able to provide interest-free loans for 60 days, with a nominal fee of 1% after the 60 days. The goal is to get cash flowing upon approval from FEMA. The third bill would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to allow the legislature to enact relief bills more efficiently after the president declares a disaster or emergency. The bill would require a two-thirds vote of the legislature to approve
emergency relief funding. The fourth bill would attempt to limit future damages by providing additional funding to the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. This program provides money to State and local government agencies taking steps to mitigate future disaster possibilities. Mitigation steps may include new construction, demolition of existing structures, relocation, and other methods to control future damage. “Taken together, these four bills will help limit damage in future events, provide relief funds in a timelier manner, and allow the state to respond quicker,” Curry said.
7 City Projects Win Awards For Sustainability Seven development projects that are revitalizing Philadelphia communities, spurring economic development, catalyzing private investment, and serving as models of sustainable development received Commonwealth Awards at 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania’s recent annual awards event. 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, the state’s leading Smart Growth advocacy organization, honored these seven projects in the region, as well as 16 others from across the state, with its prestigious an25 OCTOBER, 2011
nual awards this year.
The Commonwealth Awards is a juried statewide program honoring smart growth projects from across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 10,000 Friends invited submissions from companies and organizations that produced a wide range of project types-urban infill, historic preservation and rehabilitation, adaptive reuse, brownfield redevelopment, traditional neighborhood development, farmland preservation, and revitalization
Smart Growth strategies build suburban, urban, and rural communities that have more transportation options; have more housing and recreational choices; are closer to job opportunities, shops, and schools; support the local economy; are more energy-efficient and independent; and help protect green space, clean air, and clean water.
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honor outstanding examples of Smart Growth projects here in Pennsylvania,” said Jack Machek, president and CEO of 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania. “We received a record number of submissions this year, and it’s very encouraging to see so many smart growth projects succeeding as many sectors of the construction industry are struggling to rebound. 10,000 Friends is proud to showcase the companies and organizations working to build stronger towns and communities across the state.” The awardees follow: The Piazza at Schmidt’s project received the Diamond Award for private development, 10,000 Friends’ highest award, at this year’s Com-
monwealth Awards. The project has become an integral part of the regeneration of the Northern Liberties community in Philadelphia. Located on a three-acre portion of the south side of the former Schmidt’s Brewery site, this complex is comprised of modern apartment housing, retail, office space, public amenities and the conversion of two vacant former warehouses. The $100 million project was developed by Tower Investments Inc., and is an important part of Tower Investments’ 16-acre, $500 million Northern Liberties revitalization project — the country’s largest private urban-renewal initiative. The 80,000-square-foot open-air
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plaza is surrounded by three new buildings which house 260 apartments, five new restaurants, 50,000 square feet of retail space housing 35 artisans and boutiques, and 35,000 square feet of office space. “This project embodies many, or all, of the principles we are trying to emulate simultaneously, and it is an amazing achievement,” the jury said. 777 South Broad received a Gold Award in the Mixed-Use Development category. Built on cityowned land that had been vacant for over a decade, 777 South Broad is a vibrant mixed-use “multi-family” development. It replaced a block-long mass of vacant and decaying row homes that was intermittently a homeless destination. Developed by Dranoff Properties, the 85,355 square foot site is comprised of a five-story building containing 146 luxury loft apartments, 191 parking spaces and 18,835 square feet of ground level shops and restaurants. The removal of the blight at 777 and the construction of a new housing and retail services hub greatly enhances the neighborhood and expands the reach of new development along S. Broad Street, known as the “Avenue of the Arts.” “The building has boldly stretched the reach of the Avenue of the Arts into more transitional neighborhoods. It’s a classic example of successful urban infill,” the jury said. “The project introduces highend market-rate housing in a neighborhood surrounded by public housing. Its gleaming presence
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along a key stretch the of the avenue is helping to transform a space once abandoned and blighted, making the avenue’s southern end much more attractive, encouraging future development.” Master Plan for the Central Delaware received a Gold Award in the Plans & Planning category. Produced by the Delaware Riverfront Corporation, the plan provides a detailed blueprint for six miles of the Delaware waterfront through central Philadelphia, covering nearly 1,100 acres of land and spanning a variety of uses from vacant brownfields to active industrial to new residential to parkland. The plan envisions a revitalized waterfront that both enhances the working aspects of the river, such as the port facilities at both the north and south ends of the planning area, as well as new mixed-use development that complements the scale and character of the existing Philadelphia neighborhoods. “The plan includes a highly-detailed strategy of limited public investment that aims to begin the transformation of the waterfront through the development of improved public space — such as the Race Street Pier — at key locations in order to catalyze private development on adjacent parcels,” the jury said. “Combining a longterm vision for the Delaware River waterfront with a practical understanding of funding realities, the plan is a superb example of comprehensive, farsighted and pragmatic urban planning.” 30th Street Main Post Office Ren25 OCTOBER, 2011
ovation received a Commonwealth Award in the Commercial Projects category. This project, designed by Bohlin, Cywinski, Jackson and developed by Brandywine Realty Trust, is a prime example of adaptive reuse, involving the rehabilitation of the 926,000-square-foot, 5-story Main Post Office. While preserving a significant historical treasure, the project will have a catalytic impact on future development in West Philadelphia. The facility will house a major federal agency employing over 5,000 people, bring new vitality, business opportunities and improved security to the neighborhood. The Main Post Office is located near West Philadelphia’s principal transportation hub, which offers accessible public transport to the agency’s employees.
The park’s immediate vicinity is largely commercial, with hotels, office space, and restaurants. The formerly vacant municipal pier has been repurposed as stunning public recreation and green space. “By catalyzing development on nearby parcels and drawing visitors to the park and other waterfront destinations, the Race Street Pier is already showing that it is successfully transforming and revitalizing the waterfront into a vibrant place for visitors and businesses, and nearby residents,” the jury said.
“A significant achievement-the sizable cost and imposing footprint of building made it very difficult project, and if the opportunity had not been seized as the Postal Service was leaving, the building likely would have been vacant for many years,” the jury said. “Instead it brought a federal workforce facility to the city, with resultant impact on tax base.”
Pembroke North Condominiums received a Commonwealth Award under the Housing and Community Institution Projects category. Situated in close proximity to two regional rail stations, this condominium project was built on a Brownfield site in Wayne. A LEED-certified Green Building, Pembroke North combines outstanding design elements with cutting edge energy efficiency features, including 60 geothermal wells drilled 600 feet deep. Developed by the Razak Co., this project exemplifies successful suburban infill redevelopment.
Race Street Pier received a Commonwealth award under the Public Infrastructure Project category. Developed by the Delaware Riverfront Corp., this project is a oneacre park created on a pier located on the Delaware River at Race Street adjacent to the Old City section of Philadelphia. The pier, once used for both recreation and industry, has sat vacant for a many years, becoming overgrown with plants while structurally decaying.
“Reusing this suburban site for a transit-oriented redevelopment project make this project worthy of award-and the retail, dining, and personal care amenities of Wayne’s central business district all can be accessed without the use of a car,” the Jury noted. “Served by two regional rail lines, and at the nexus between residential and commercial districts, this project successfully brings condominium living to the suburban historic
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Main Line,” the jury emphasized. Norris Apartments received a “Building a More Perfect Commonwealth” Award for model projects that are still under construction. This project, which sits one block from the Temple SEPTA regional-rail station, is a model of infill development and transit-oriented development. Developed by the Philadelphia Housing Authority and designed by Blackney Hayes, the project is part of a larger development strategy for the neighborhood, coordinating
with a private development that has proposed market rate homeownership, commercial development and student housing. Development of this plan was done with the City Planning Commission’s input and advice, based on the overall neighborhood strategy to develop appropriately dense housing that could maximize the transit-oriented nature of community. 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania is the leading advocate in Pennsylva-
nia for responsible and efficient land use. Our vision is to have a positive impact on the built and natural environment through efficient land use. Founded in Southeastern Pennsylvania in 1998, 10,000 Friends has aligned and supported organizations and individuals from across the state committed to land use policies and actions that enable Pennsylvania to strengthen its diverse urban, suburban, and rural communities and reduce wasteful and inefficient land consumption.
ICA Names Anthony Helms As Curator The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, has chosen Anthony Elms as associate curator. Anthony has worked as an independent curator and writer, and he was assistant director of Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago for six years. He edits and is the curator of WhiteWalls, an alternative space for artists’‘ publication projects founded in the 1970s. Anthony is just completing work as part of the organizational team behind this year’s PERFORMA visual art performance
biennial in New York. “It is common to think of museums like the ICA as non-collecting, but that isn’t true,” Anthony said. “They do not have art objects, but they collect histories and experiences with the artists that have exhibited. In that sense, I could not be happier to join a museum with the distinguished and energetic collection of the ICA.” “I am looking forward to having Anthony’s vision, and his passion for publications, enrich the work
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of our stellar curatorial team,” said Robert Chaney, interim director. Anthony’s recent projects include Blast Counterblast; More Alive Than Those Who Made Them; Glenn Ligon / A People on the Cove and Unicorn Basking in the Light of Three Glowing Suns. He received a BFA in painting from Michigan State University and an MFA from the University of Chicago, and he continues to exhibit as an artist.
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