The above sign appeared on Temple’s main campus the other day, right in front of the Tyler School of Art building. Handwringing ensued. Hillel Hoffmann, assistant director of news communications, explains:
The new Diamond Cutz TU at 10th and Diamond wants to make it clear that it’s “not another urban barbershop.” Hmm. Classy.
Over at Hidden City, Nathaniel Popkin and Bradley Maule have posted an exclusive first look at Temple’s new residence complex, Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan Hall, which opens on Monday. Popkin, who filled in for Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron while she was in Boston on fellowship, gives the building an extremely favorable first review of the MGA Partners-designed complex:
But a great building, of course, does much more than meet the private needs of the owner. It performs multiple, intricate functions all at once. It endures and grows in our imaginations; it fixes itself as a kind of landmark on the urban landscape. It contributes to wider societal goods and goals. Morgan Hall is indeed such a building.
“It’s only taken 129 years, but Temple University is seeking a large-scale restaurant for its North Philly campus, a feature that other big-city university neighborhoods regard as a given.”
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Emergency vehicles are at the scene at 12th and Berks, where part of a building under construction, the Science Education Research Center, has fallen in. An injured construction worker has been lowered onto a stretcher and is being taken for treatment.
Below, Temple’s most recent tweet:
TU Advisory: TU Police reporting incident on construction site at 11th & Polett. Increased emergency responder volume, so please avoid area.
— Temple University (@TempleUniv) July 11, 2013
UPDATE [2:29PM]: Ayers says the collapse zone is unsafe, but everything else is okay. The worker has been stabilized and has been taken to the hospital. Follow @TempleUpdate on Twitter for the latest news.
TU VP of Comm Ray Betzner: University will launch investigation.
— Temple Update (@TempleUpdate) July 11, 2013
The nature of food-truck service is an ever-changing commodity. And even though folks in the Temple neighborhood have it a lot better than some, now students won’t even have to leave the confines of their dorm room in order to get food from their favorites.
Three Temple students (William Shanley, Reggie Hawkins and Sarunyoo Tohchoodee) have launched Legit Delivery, a bicycle delivery service that brings lunch truck food to hungry students all across Temple’s campus and beyond.
Temple News has a full run-down on Legit Delivery, but here are the highlights.
Here it is, your afternoon neighborhood news fix.
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