I'm not touching
the flash mob stuff. I'll just say it isn't helpful and the people responsible are passing the buck.
A) There was an article in today's Inky
about the architect of NYC's famous 5th Avenue Apple Store, a man from Scranton, who is also designing the facade of Philadelphia's Apple Store due to open in July. Though it won't be as iconic as the 5th Avenue store it will incorporate the same design features as the famous Cube.
B) Also, this Wednesday Mayor Nutter will host Steve Wynn to chew the fat about the Civic Vision for the Delaware. It will be Wynn's first opportunity to hear about the Vision and it is hoped that he will incorporate its tenets into the final design for his South Philly casino.
C) I haven't seen it here yet but the city has been toying with the idea of an Intermodal Transit Center, a solution for tying the city's transit system with the Greyhound Bus Terminal - essestially dealing with the issue of the terminal's current location. What I've seen thus far isn't too promising - it's seems less about putting the terminal in a more sensible location and more about connecting it to Market Street and the SEPTA system which I feel is attacking only half the problem. These are preliminary ideas and PlanPhilly has the details