Philadelphia trade unions that have kept the Goldtex construction site under siege for the last six months agreed to end their protest after Rep. Bob Brady convened talks last week at the Sheet Metal Workers union hall, developer Michael Pestronk confirmed yesterday.

The Goldtex entrance at 12th and Wood Streets was virtually deserted Monday, for the first time since angry union protesters began gathering there in March in an organized effort to block deliveries and prevent Pestronk’s company from converting the 12-story factory building into rental apartments. Pestronk is trying to break with Philadelphia tradition by employing a mix of union and nonunion workers.

According to his account, the unions agreed during Brady’s peace parley Thursday to drop their demand that he use a fully unionized workforce. In exchange for calling off the protest, Pestronk said that his company, Post Brothers, had promised to encourage its subcontractors to include more card-carrying union members in their crews.

(Full story: Brady negotiates deal to stop union protests at Goldtex construction site)

Remember when the Mad Decent Block Party was held on our very stoop?  Well, the fine folks at The Institute feel that the time has come to bring it back.  Thus on Saturday, September 22, the street will be closed for a free public block party featuring bands, DJs, food and drink.  We’re hoping to pack the street with attractions so consider this an open call for artists/craftspeople to bring a table and set up on the sidewalk.  Interested vendors should e-mail Charlie Collazo to reserve their spot:

(via CALL FOR ARTISTS/VENDORS: Block Party! | PhilaMOCA)

Of course it’s filthy. So is your mom. And so is the bougie nature that threatens this thing about which we all need to get a little more protective: Philly’s longstanding beautiful weirdness. We don’t mean to harp on this, but it’s true: For every transplant that comes here with their Rubbermaid tub filled with laptop chargers and Dwell magazines and copies of the PDT Cocktail Book, essential particles of that weirdness are squeezed out. We are speaking of matter and space. There is only so much. And yes, the transplants bring many good things. We are not xenophobes. But this shit needs to be managed. » Blog Archive » Listen, You Gentrifier Scum: You Shut Your Piehole About Doobies And You Shut It Right Now

[No. This quote was not directed, in any way, toward the Eraserhood. It still applies here in our neighborhood just as well as it applies to the intended target.]

Rumors have been flying that the highly publicized union protest at 12th and Wood Streets may have finally come to an end.

Michael Pestronk, of Post Brothers Apartments, which owns the former Goldtex Building under construction, acknowledged today that they had indeed met with union leadership yesterday, as they have regularly since the start of the protests, and that most rank-and-file members had been pulled from the picket line.

However, Pestronk stopped short of saying that a compromise had been reached.

(via Goldtex Protests At An End? | Hidden City Philadelphia)