October 4: Made in PA | LGBT historical markers | Streets Dept Podcast

It’s Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week! WITF’s Scott LaMar discusses the industry’s economic impact today on Wednesday’s Smart Talk. A few Pennsylvania-made products include All-Clad cookware, Crayola art supplies, and Pyrex glassware. For a non-exhaustive list that’s easy on the eyes, check out the Philadelphia Business Journal’s gallery.

First he snapped the streets, then he snapped the arts. Now Conrad Benner has our ears: the photographer/curator/blogger announced this week the new Streets Dept Podcast. The bi-monthly show will feature one-on-one interviews with artists and creative from around the world. Indy Hall and the Navy Yard are sponsoring season 1—which makes quite a bit of sense as he looks at the community, business, and development forces that shape the built and unbuilt environment.

Speaking of locally manufactured products and Philadelphia’s industrial heritage, PlanPhilly goes out on the unpaved road this Sunday! We’re taking a tour down the Schuylkill and checking out what’s going on Bartram’s Garden. Landscape architect Michael Nairn will talk about Philly’s socio-ecological systems, urban agriculture, and his work with Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition. We will also snack Weckerly’s ice cream sandwiches, which are made in Port Richmond’s Globe Dye Works.

Two new historical markers honoring the LGBT community are up at 13th and Locust Streets, WHYY’s Peter Crimmins reports. A Pennsylvania marker is dedicated to Dr. John Fryer, aka Dr. Anonymous, a gay psychiatrist who argued for the removal of homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 1971 due to the lack of fact-based data. A Philadelphia marker commemorates America's first AIDS library.

DesignPhiladelphia founder Hilary Jay discusses the future of healthcare with Jefferson Healthcare System’s president and CEO Dr. Stephen Klasko. The doctor, dean, and executive who has overseen the recent merger of Philadelphia University and Jefferson University talks about how he believes design thinking, design processes, and design practice can help solve medical problems.

Sold! Developers Cohen Properties and Taconic Capital Advisors have secured a $96 million financing package to purchase a portion of 801 Market Street, Melissa Romero reports.

About the author

Diana Lu, Community Engagement Editor

Diana runs PlanPhilly’s community outreach and engagement online and in real life. She has spent more than ten years in the non-profit and public sectors working on urban development issues including environmental justice, design-based manufacturing, and community and economic development.  Prior to joining PlanPhilly, Diana worked as the Director of Partnerships and Outreach for 10,000 Small Businesses, a public-private initiative focused strengthening local businesses through revenue generation and local job creation.  Follow Diana on instagram @dianaluwho and email her at

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