Parkway parking, revealing hidden collections, Philly’s clean water legacy and promise, Knight grant finalists

Who put the park in parkway? City Howl wonders, given the investment happening along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, why is its median operating as a municipal parking lot? City Howl learned that the practice is not legal, and that it’s up to the Managing Director’s Office to make sure city cars are obeying the rules. For now, cars are still parked in the median.

The Hidden Collections project is working its way through unprocessed collections in local repositories. NewsWorks explains the project’s work helping interested Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections institutions make sense of their unprocessed collections in order to make them more accessible for both staff and researchers.

Philadelphia has a long and proud history when it comes to progressive approaches to clean water. Metropolis magazine’s POV blog has a piece considering the history of the Fairmount Water Works, legacy of Fairmount Park, and the future promised through the city’s green infrastructure plan.

Fifty-five great projects were announced as finalists in this year’s Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia, ranging from oral history projects to art micro-grants, public art installations to a mobile art studio. NewsWorks reports that winners will be selected in April.


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