April 8: Fabric Row fire | Glaxo’s culture shift through design | Woodland Ave tour | Ben Franklin Bridge parking | Main Street Music Q&A

Welcome to the working week, Streeters.

After fire ripped through Jack B Fabrics at 4th and Fitzwater streets Saturday evening, we mourn the death of Ladder 27 Fire Captain Michael Goodwin and hope for the speedy recovery of Firefighter Andrew Godlewski who was burned trying to save Capt. Goodwin. The Inquirer recounts the building collapse and attempted rescue and the Daily News remembers Goodwin, a 29-year veteran. The tragedy comes almost a year to the day after Firefighter Daniel Sweeney and Lt. Robert Neary lost their lives fighting the Buck Hosiery Fire in Kensington. A memorial ceremony will be held at City Hall tomorrow.

At its new Navy Yard HQ, GlaxoSmithKline shook up its office culture by designing a workplace devoid of personal offices or cubicles in favor of inviting, flexible spaces. Inga Saffron explores Glaxo’s new environment, which is a corporate version of “the free-floating world of independent workers, who migrate with their laptops from home to cafe to client offices.” Swell as the new space may be, Saffron questions the wisdom of creating an insular version of what downtown already has going for it: “Downtowns like Center City are invigorating because they are incubators for serendipitous experiences and encounters that stimulate our imaginations. Those experiences are much more limited in a hermetic office building, no matter how well-executed.”

Theresa Stigale tours the commercial core of Woodland Avenue for Hidden City Daily, checking in on the Avenue’s newcomers, like a Liberian Merry-Go-Round Grocery and Chocolate City Hair Studio and Day Spa, as well as longtime businesses, like Smiles Linens and Goldberg’s Floor and Window Coverings.

Will parking return to the areas under the Benjamin Franklin Bridge? The Daily News reports that the Delaware River Port Authority is thinking about reopening these areas, which were closed off after 9/11, but the agency has lingering concerns about liability and safety.

The Daily News has a Q&A with Pat Feeney, the owner of Main Street Music in Manayunk about how his store stays afloat despite an increasingly digital music world. Feeney attributes this to strong vinyl sales and smart customer service.

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