News for Thursday, June 4
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The Saint Gobain 150 exhibit is drawing crowds at Eakins Oval. Photo via @toexploreandbeyond on Instagram.
COWORKING IN PHILLY: HOW 5 COMMUNITIES ARE CHANGING
Coworking in Philadelphia continues to explode as small businesses and isolated teams from bigger companies alike flock toward shared spaces — whether it’s the venerable Indy Hall that’s been around for almost a decade, or the brand new Pipeline Philly that just opened its doors early this year. Billy Penn talked to founders and staff members from five of the city’s coworking spaces to check in with them about who their members are, and how things are evolving.
HOW NEW IMMIGRANTS ARE DRIVING PHILLY’S GROWING GLOBAL REP
People have tried calling Philadelphia an “international city” for decades, even as its number of immigrant residents declined and city officials proposed canceling ethnic celebrations and hosting visiting dignitaries at a much lower budget. In the 80s, 90s and even early aughts, the idea of Philly as a “global city” was a distant dream. But in 2015, the title might finally fit. Here’s why, and how we got here.
TO DO: CURATED COCKTAILS AND PHOTOS
WHAT: Curated drinks with the Young Friends of the National Museum of American Jewish History and the Richard Avedon: Family Affairs exhibit
WHERE: 101 S. Independence Mall East
WHEN: 7-9 PM
HOW MUCH: $12; free for members
BILLY PENN LIKES
THE REAL LIFE HOSPITAL THAT GAVE RISE TO GRADUATE HOSPITAL
Long before Graduate Hospital became a haven for developers and young professionals, it was home to the manufacturing class and, of course, the actual Graduate Hospital. This neighborhood has been a part of history, too. Graduate Hospital featured the first U.S. Naval Academy and an important baseball diamond. As it continues to change, it’s becoming a diverse area where new developments are springing up around all these reminders of the past. In the latest edition of our Neighborhood Project, Billy Penn profiled Graduate Hospital.
ANGEL WHISPERERS: THE PSYCHIC MOVEMENT AND PHILLY’S VA CONTROVERSY
It could be called The Haunting of The Philadelphia VA. The Philadelphia regional office of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs is in the headlines again with a new kind of problem. The office, which Assistant Inspector General Linda Halliday has called “the most problematic” of all the VA’s regional offices, is now dealing with a thorn in their side they could not have seen coming: Angels. Actually, to be fair, those who whisper to angels. We took a look at who they are, and what they do.