April 26: Using SEPTA during NFL Draft | ‘Divine Works’ | Southwest Philly’s Buddhist monastery

How will the NFL Draft affect SEPTA riders? Jason Laughlin reports that “Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines are expected to be the easiest ways to get around,” while regional rail will add additional off-peak trains, and some trolley lines have additional cars planned. Many bus routes are detoured due to road closures, though.

Local coworking company Benjamin’s Desk has signed on as the newest tenant at the historic Studebaker building on North Broad, Curbed Philadelphia reports. Coined ‘Divine Works,’ Benjamin’s Desk’s co-Founder and co-CEO Anthony Maher and developer Eric Blumenfeld hope the 17,000 square foot coworking space will help kick off live-work-play community for the Studebaker as well as Blumenfeld’s other properties along North Broad.

Construction is well underway for Buddhist monastery Wat Khmer Palelai, located in Kingsessing at 2701 S. 58th Street, Hidden City reports. The temple follows traditional Khmer architecture style, with a “multi-tiered roof covered in curved tile and bright golden molding running the course of the roofline,” figural statues, and decorative tiles. According to a resident monk, construction has happened steadily and has relied on donations from the Cambodian community.

When’s the best time to take out the trash and recycling during the summer? Green Philly Blog shares that between April and September, the City advises putting out curbside trash and recycling “between 7:00 PM the night before or 7:00 AM the day of your regular pickup,” instead of after 5:00 PM the night before, which is the schedule during the rest of the year.

Pittsburgh’s Downtown continues to struggle with vacancies, but the outlook for retail “is not bleak, according to some retail experts,” the Post-Gazette reports. Developers and brokers are hoping to lure back shoppers with a mix of anything but the former department stores: independently-owned boutiques, national and regional chains, a 12-screen movie theater, a bowling alley, and restaurants. Retail tenants have not been announced, though, and longstanding business owners express concerns that the retail attraction tactic encourages the downtown as a destination, not a place to live or stay.

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