• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Goldtex protest cooling | PhillyRising in Swampoodle | Le Grand Continental | sculpture at Globe Dye | St. Joe's buying cardinal's mansion

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Is the union protest at the Golden loft conversion over? On Friday Hidden City Daily reported that the unions had pulled most protesters after a conversation with the developers, Post Brothers. Union representatives offered to stop the protest if Post agreed to use all-union labor on its next project, the Atlantic Building at Broad and Spruce. Post gave no guarantees but reiterated interest in using a mix of union and non-union workers and says they only committed to keep talking.

The Daily News checks in on PhillyRising’s efforts in Swampoodle, where a community garden has taken root at 27th and Silver and cleanups are helping neighbors reclaim their blocks from abandonment and deter crime.

Live Arts / Philly Fringe Festival is underway and this weekend 155 Philadelphians became a giant dance troupe, performing Le Grand Continental on the Art Museum stairs. The Inquirer was on hand for the half-hour long spectacle.

Globe Dye Works is hosting a huge sculpture show in the factory’s unrenovated ground floor. The seventeen sculptures reference the factory’s past in some way and use the space as-is, writes Roberta Fallon in the Daily News, including an alteration of the iconic sign on the roof and pieces interpreting the work culture of Globe Dye Works. The show, “Catagenesis,” runs through October 21.

St. Joseph’s University is buying the cardinal’s mansion on City Avenue from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for a cool $10 million, the Daily News reports. The move comes as the Archdiocese continues to face legal costs and a large budget deficit.

 

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