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(The probable future site of a Wawa convenience store, at Broad and Walnut Streets in center city.  Photo by Kristen Johanson)

Wawa Planning New Store for Broad and Walnut Streets

The location was home to Robinson’s Luggage for 29 years. Now, if all goes as planned, a brand-new Wawa store will move into that space.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/23/2015

(City councilman Kenyatta Johnson, in file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Pulls Support For Electronic Billboard Along ‘Avenue of the Arts’

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, whose district includes that section of Broad Street, says he’s heard from constituents who don’t like the idea, so he is withdrawing support for that location. Two other sites are still up for approval.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/19/2015

(Al Jarreau, seated at left, advises young jazz vocalists.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Area Music Students Get a Lesson In Jazz From Grammy Winner Al Jarreau

Jarreau conducted the master class — his first ever — as part of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts’ three-day “Artist N Residency” program.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/18/2015

(Volunteers scrub one of the hundreds of bronze plaques along the Philadelphia Walk of Fame.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Philadelphia ‘Walk of Fame,’ on Broad Street, Gets Some Loving Attention

About 30 members of the Friends of the Avenue of the Arts, armed with metal polish and toothbrushes, used elbow grease to shine all 221 plaques along the city’s “Walk of Fame.”

09/23/2014

(With the former Inquirer headquarters as a backdrop, Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke announces formation of "Avenue North Renaissance."  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

New Agency Formed To Promote North Broad Street Revival

A new agency is hoping to do for North Broad Street what the “Avenue of the Arts” has done for South Broad, according to City Council president Darrell Clarke.

05/14/2014

(Left: artist's rendering of a light mast on the median of North Broad Street.  Right: a sample light mast installed on the campus of Temple University.  Images provided by City of Phila.)

City To Install Decorative Lighted ‘Masts’ Along North Broad Street

“The masts are 50-foot-tall, stainless steel columns, with a steel mesh, And they’re lit from the inside, ” explains Streets Department chief engineer Darin Gatti.

11/19/2013

(Crews unload a tractor-trailer parked on Locust Street, adjacent to the Academy of Music.  Credit: John McDevitt)

‘Wicked’ Gets Set Up in Academy of Music For Six-Week Run

Stagehands unloaded trunks off tractor-trailers and onto the stage where the sets and technical equipment were assembled.

06/25/2013

(The Mural Arts Program mural honoring The Roots, at Broad and South Streets.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

New Broad St. Mural Honors Philadelphia’s Music Ambassadors, ‘The Roots’

The mural, titled “Legendary,” towers six stories high and stretches 60 feet wide.

05/31/2013

(Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater  Credit: Kelly and Massa)

Kimmel Center To Offer New Venue For Film Screenings

By this summer, there will be a new venue in Philadelphia for film screenings and there isn’t a bad seat in the house.

03/24/2013

(The former State Office Building is now called Tower Place.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Former Office Building at Broad & Spring Garden Rededicated as Rental Apartments

A landmark Philadelphia building on North Broad Street has begun its new life.

01/08/2013

(The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, at Broad and Cherry Streets in Philadelphia. File photo)

Positively Philadelphia: Show Set For Groundbreaking Women’s Art Collection

Museums from all over the country wanted this upcoming exhibit, but the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia was chosen.

11/11/2012

(Credit: Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio)

Dancers Descend On Philadelphia For Weekend-Long National Dance Festival

The University of the Arts is hosting the 2012 National High School Dance Festival this weekend, and there are tutus and leotards all along South Broad.

03/10/2012

(Jiri Zizka, in a Youtube video.)

Philadelphia Mourning Untimely Death of Wilma Theater Co-founder Jiri Zizka

The Wilma Theater web site on Wednesday evening had a tribute to Zizka, surprising many. Less than 60 years old, Jiri Zizka had passed away.

01/26/2012

(The Kimmel Center, at Broad and Spruce Streets in center city Philadelphia.  File photo by John McDevitt)

Kimmel Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Free Events

“One of my all-time favorites is ‘Tuba Christmas,’ says Anne Ewers, president and CEO of the Kimmel Center.

12/16/2011

(Clear glass pyramidal entrances to underground transit, far left, and a huge section of lawn are among the features of the new Dilworth Plaza.  Artist's rendering provided)

As Makeover Begins, Philadelphia Shows Off Vision For New Dilworth Plaza

The $50-million project has begun, and officials say it will completely transform the plaza above and below ground.

12/01/2011

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