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Artists blindsided as Kensington apartment conversion begins

Over three dozen artists and entrepreneurs working in East Kensington are scrambling after receiving 30 days notice to vacate their studio spaces.

  • Viking Mills was sold this summer to new owners, who plan to turn the 150-year-old warehouse into luxury apartments. The deal had been in the works for a while, but the lease termination caught people by surprise.

Lizzy McLellan Ravitch spoke with several tenants — and the new developer, who blamed the issue on the previous owner and said he’d work to fix it.

Viking Mill is a former warehouse on East Boston Street that was converted to studios and is now being turned into apartments Credit: Instagram / @vanwhit13

SEPTA elevator improvements will close a South Broad Lane

Cars traveling northbound on Broad Street will have to navigate a slight squeeze in South Philly starting today.

  • SEPTA is shutting down a lane along a one-block stretch to install elevators and other improvements at Tasker-Morris Station. The closure is expected to last through spring 2024.

It’s all part of a massive effort by SEPTA to extend accessibility throughout Philly’s subway system, with 14 new elevators planned in the next decade.

Fairmount Station is one of 11 Broad Street Line stops where upgrades are planned Credit: Danya Henninger / Billy Penn

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A rare occurrence today: Mayor Kenney, Police Commissioner Outlaw, and DA Krasner all attend a press conference together to give updates on the recent shooting death of a Parks & Rec employee (11 a.m.).

The mayor then heads to Lincoln Financial Field to help pack lunches to donate to Philabundance as part of an Eagles 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance project (12 p.m.).


? Kismet Bagels pops up at Pat’s King of Steaks to hawk some limited-time only cheesesteak bialys. (10 a.m. Tues, Sept. 13)

? Curator Sydney Ellison leads a walkthrough and opening reception for a new group photography exhibit called “If We Never Get Better” at TILT Institute on North American Street. (5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16)

? Fall Fest at Spruce Street Harbor Park brings a weekend of live music, pumpkin painting, balloon twisting, DJs, and dancing. (Friday to Saturday, Sept. 16-18)