As you walk along the desolate stretch of Vine Street just east of Broad, Asian Arts Initiative’s three-story headquarters is by far the most inviting building in sight. Greeting you the moment you enter is self-taught street artist Jeff Cylkowski’s vibrant, trippy mural, which covers every inch of wall space along the corridor. Turn to your left, and you’ve stumbled onto what appears to be a beach in Southeast Asia, littered with all sorts of beautiful curiosities—black-and-white family photographs, an old suitcase, the jaw of a mysterious sea creature—with a layer of sand blanketing the concrete floor.

(via At Asian Arts Initiative, Beauty and Progress Abound | Arts and Culture | Philadelphia Weekly)

Neighborhood Security Meeting Summary

Neighborhood Security Meeting Summary

From a shared fifth floor terrace of the “JBJ Soul Homes” now under construction on the triangle lot where Ridge and Fairmount Avenues meet North Broad Street, formerly homeless and low-income individuals will enjoy one the best views of the Divine Lorraine. The mixed-use project is the result of a partnership between the homeless social service agency Project H.O.M.E. and the non-profit People for People, Inc. Public funding sources combined with grants from the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation and the Middleton Partnership underwrite the project, which is designed by the firm Kitchen and Associates.

(via With Views Of Divine Lorraine, Affordable Units On North Broad | Hidden City Philadelphia)