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What's Happening in:  Stadium District 

In case you missed it: Fusion Arena coming to Sports Complex

Fusion Arena entry. Rendering: Comcast Spectacor

Comcast Spectacor will bring the nation’s first purpose-built gaming arena to South Philly

Construction will begin this summer on a new type of venue in the Sports Complex. The Fusion Arena will just to the east of Xfinity Live! The venue, billed as the first-of-its-kind. According to promoters, it will seat up to 3,500 guests and “stand as the largest new-construction, purpose-built esports arena in the Western Hemisphere.”

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Lower Moyamensing 

A Measured Approach

An East Passyunk Crossing poet will appear at a favorite haunt to celebrate National Poetry Month.

By Joseph Myers

Maria Famà is a nationally-renown poet who has read pieces across the country. This Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m., she’ll celebrate National Poetry Month with a reading at the Fumo Family Branch of the Free Library, 2437 S. Broad StreetFamà has participated in more than 10 readings at the Lower Moyamensing-based library. She enthusiastically accepted the invitation of Fumo Branch Manager Abbe Klebanoff. “It’s such a wonderfully inviting space,” she said of the site, where she also enjoys yoga lessons and meditation instruction. “I’m thrilled to be able to present some of my work there for this celebration…because of the sense of belonging that the Fumo Branch exudes.” Continue Reading →

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Get saucy this weekend!

Ten homemade gravies (that’s red sauce, to you) from South Philly home cooks will be available for tasting at the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association’s fifth annual Red Gravy Cook-off. The tasting, followed by a pasta dinner, takes place this Sunday, March 31st, 2019, from 4-6 p.m. at Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 South 10th Street. A $20 ticket gets you entry to this popular local event celebrating the Italian-American heritage of the neighborhood.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Fewer townhomes, more mixed-use on the Delaware

A revised plan for 1401 South Columbus Boulevard includes 330 multi-family units, 20,000 square feet of commercial space, and more than 500 parking spaces. The new plan also provides room for the Delaware River Trail to pass through the site.

Read the details and let us know your thoughts, below.

See the full submission that the Civic Design Review (CDR) will critique on April 2.

1401 S Columbus – overview from Dickinson Street, looking east

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What's Happening in:  Whitman 

Festive Farewells

A Whitman-based funeral home supervisor often calls on Mummery to create touching sendoffs.

By Joseph Myers

As Brian Donnelly sees it, death need not be a somber matter to face. Instead, the passing of an individual can serve as a chance to laud that person’s legacy. Donnelly, one of the namesakes behind Murphy Ruffenach Brian Donnelly Funeral Home, 2237-41 S. Third St., does just that roughly 225 times a year. Nearly half of those farewells are festive, Mummers-infused celebrations that rival the reverence and extravagance of famous New Orleans jazz funerals.

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