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  • North Broad on the Rise

    Harmony on the street and on the stage of the Uptown

    By Peter Crimmins, @PeterCrimmins

    November 20, 2012

    This was a neighborhood crawling with talent. "It was not uncommon to have boys and men walk around 'crooning,' as they would say," said Ruth Birchette, who grew up at 19th and Norris streets in North Philadelphia in the 1950s and '60s. "Many times I would run to my window to hear. It was so angelic."  More »

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    Doll museum embodies passion for history, hope for future

    By Kimberly Paynter for NewsWorks

    November 20, 2012

    Recent talk of development along the north corridor of Broad Street has one of the area's cultural mainstays cautiously hopeful to attract more visitors, but the Philadelphia Doll Museum has been let down before.  More »

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    Will a North Broad revival help historic Freedom Theatre?

    By Holly Otterbein

    November 20, 2012

    Freedom Theatre has friends in high places. Denzel Washington called its training program "unique and exciting" in a commercial. Its alumni include Erika Alexander of "The Cosby Show"and Boyz II Men's Wanya Morris.  More »

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    North Broad a street of dreams during short-lived golden age

    By Shai Ben-Yaacov

    November 20, 2012

    "I'm told this street is respectable," says one character in Edith Wharton's novel The Age of Innocence. "It's not fashionable," comes the reply. That's pretty much how it was on North Broad Street in the late 19th century. The industrial revolution had begun, and Philadelphia was known as the "Workshop of the World," making textiles, locomotives and beer.  More »

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    New possibilities for the once grand hotel Divine Lorraine

    By Elizabeth Fiedler

    November 19, 2012

    The Divine Lorraine looms over North Broad Street like a gigantic contradiction. Graffiti tags mar its grand facade from street level to towers. Its shattered windows open into a hulk of a building long-since gutted by scavengers and failed renovations.  More »

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    Radio Times: The Divine Lorraine and development on North Broad Street

    By Radio Times

    November 19, 2012

    Listen to a conversation about the Divine Lorraine and development along the North Broad corridor with guests Eric Blumenfeld, president of EB Realty Management Corporation; John Gallery, executive director of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia; and Penelope Giles, founder and executive director of Francisville Neighborhood Development Corp.  More »

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    Keeping watch over the flock at the old Metropolitan Opera House

    By Elizabeth Fiedler

    November 19, 2012

    The Metropolitan Opera House is just one of Philadelphia's many aging buildings. But the massive structure on North Broad Street at Poplar is not vacant — members of the Holy Ghost Headquarters church meet there even though weeds are growing out of the exterior walls.  More »