Video Evidence: Don’t Miss These Artists at XPoNential

Offa Rex — British folk singer Olivia Chaney playing with the Decemberists — performs on Friday. (Shervin Lainez)

The XPoNential lineup is always an impressive mix of old favorites, rated rookies and artists hitting their stride, but this year’s roster looks especially hot. The amazing Hop Along leads a stellar cast of locals that includes No Good SisterThe Dove & The WolfHardwork Movement (whom I seem to write about every week) and more.

There’s lots of WXPN-style star power, too, like Wilco, Charles Bradley, Conor Oberst, Spoon, Chicano Batman, Drive-By Truckers and Hurray for the Riff Raff.
Oh, and some rare treats: Philly singer-songwriter Amos Lee playing with New Orlena’s famous Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and a set by Offa Rex — in which British folk singer Olivia Chaney fronts the Decemberists.

Since the festival includes multiple stages and venues (Wiggins Park and BB&T Pavilion), you’re gonna want to study the schedule and do a little research ahead of time. Here are some videos to help you out… Read more »

Campbell Soup Breaks Ground on Solar Power Project at Camden HQ

Project rendering. Photo courtesy of Campbell Soup Company.

Local chicken noodle titan Campbell Soup Company may be known for its classic red label, but by next fall, the company will be leaning green.

On Wednesday, workers at Campbell’s Camden, NJ World Headquarters broke ground on the company’s third solar installation project. The project, developed by BNB Renewable Energy Holdings, will furnish the headquarters with a total of 4.4 megawatts (MW) of SunPower paneling.

The solar array will span Campbell’s 38-acre campus, as well as a newly purchased 4.5-acre remediated brownfield nearby, incorporating otherwise unusable land into surface area that will help to harness a total of more than 5 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. Read more »

The World’s Largest Indoor Farm Is Opening Next Year in … Camden?

The Garden State will soon be a little more lush thanks to AeroFarms LLC, a New Jersey-based agriculture company that Philly.com reports has plans to open what owners have called the world’s largest indoor farm in Camden by 2018.

Yes, you read that right. Camden will soon be home to a state-of-the-art, 78,000-square-foot warehouse responsible for churning out kale, arugula, and other leafy greens for the health-conscious consumer. Read more »

Common Threads in This Year’s Rouse Award Residential Finalists

Even Folsom Powerhouse, the most residential of this year's Rouse Award finalists, incorporates mixed uses in the form of an updated take on the traditional corner store. | Photo: Postgreen Homes

Even Folsom Powerhouse, the most residential of this year’s Rouse Award finalists, incorporates mixed uses in the form of an updated take on the traditional corner store. | Photo: Postgreen Homes

The Urban Land Institute Philadelphia District Council announced the finalists for this year’s Willard G. “Bill” Rouse Awards for Excellence last week, and five of the 14 finalists fall into the residential category, at least in part.

And it’s that “at least in part” part that’s one of the most significant common threads connecting the five projects. The message these projects deliver is one that urbanists, developers and planners have all been hammering home in one way or another for more than a decade now: Single-use is out, multitasking is in. (Toll Brothers, please copy.)

Not even the most residential of the five projects is exclusively residential, and that project has many other features that make it a standout. Read more »

Usual Suspects Top 2017 U.S. News Best High Schools List

Julia Reynolds Masterman School

We’re No. 1! (Or No. 2, or No. 51, depending on which list you’re using.) | Photo: Public domain image by Smallbones from Wikimedia Commons

The single best high school in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania remains the Julia Reynolds Masterman Laboratory School in Philadelphia.

But in this year’s edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools” list, the school fell a few places in the national rankings. The school, one of only two in the Greater Philadelphia region to make it into the ranks of the top 100 nationwide, placed 51st.

Which makes it the second-best high school in the Philadelphia metropolitan region. Top honors go to the Charter School of Wilmington in Delaware, which ranked 48th nationally. Read more »

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