Will Rochester’s famous Ear of Corn water tower officially become a historic landmark?


From KIMT: ROCHESTER, Minn. – The famous Ear of Corn water tower in Rochester may soon be a historic landmark.

The city’s Heritage Preservation Commission will meet on Tuesday to discuss recommending a historic landmark designation to the Rochester City Council.

The water tower, officially known as the Reid, Murdoch & Co./ Libby, McNeil & Libby/Seneca Foods Canning Co. Water Tower, was placed on the official list of potential landmarks in 2019.  A report to the Heritage Preservation Commission says the Ear of Corn water tower has historic significance in two ways:

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30th Street Station’s $550 million redesign: New food hall, new escalators, new outdoor plaza


A rendering of the planned outdoor plaza next to Gray 30th Street Station (Plenary Infrastructure Philadelphia)

From BillyPenn: Amtrak is preparing to shut down parts of Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station as it moves ahead with a $550 million renovation that will bring a new outdoor plaza along Market Street, revamp the station’s restaurants and stores, and modernize systems throughout the monumental rail terminal.

Among other changes, the federal agency says it plans to put the station’s former split-flap departures board in a “prominent location” on the passenger concourse.

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Iconic Meglio Furs sign disappears from South Broad


The iconic Meglio Furs sign has been taken down from its half-century South Broad Street perch. (Danya Henninger/Billy Penn)

From BillyPenn: South Broad Street has lost a local landmark: the neon Meglio Furs sign at the Wharton Street intersection.

Passersby spotted that the sign for the long-shuttered business had been partially removed late last week. As of Wednesday afternoon, the script-filled blue-and-red arrow was entirely gone.

It’s unclear why it got taken down, whether it’s slated to return, what’s happened with it, or if there are any impending plans for the empty, covered-up storefront.

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Route 66 ‘Guardian Angel’ Angel Delgadillo receives preservation award


Angel Delgadillo, 96, is the recipient of the President’s Award for National Leadership in Historic Preservation from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington D.C. earlier this month. Route 66 Gift Shop

From the Arizona Daily Sun: For just the fourth time ever, the National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded its President’s Award for National Leadership in Historic Preservation earlier this month in Washington D.C.

Angel Delgadillo, 96, of Seligman received the honor for his role in the preservation of Route 66. Opening up a barbershop and a pool hall along Route 66 in his hometown of Seligman, Delgadillo laid the groundwork for the founding of the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona. As a business owner along the highway, Delgadillo experienced the challenges of Route 66 being decommissioned following the completion of the Interstate 40. Through the advocacy of his association, Delgadillo led the rebirth of Route 66 through the entire United States.

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One of Toronto’s and Geddy Lee’s favourite restaurants is closing


Photo: @therosedalediner/Instagram

From Streets of Toronto: A beloved restaurant in the city, known for serving “real food to real people”  is closing its doors.

Just hours ago, The Rosedale Diner’s owners shared the news on Instagram with their nearly 4,000 followers.

“HUGE NEWS: after 45 years of “serving real food to real people,” we’ve decided it’s time for us to hang up our aprons and retire. It’s been an incredible journey,” they captioned the post.

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This Giant Duck on Long Island Has Serious Street Cred



From Thrillist: An orange-yellow beak juts out unassumingly over Flanders Road on Long Island. Take the wrong lane on your way to the Hamptons and you might miss The Big Duck, which has been amusing passing motorists for almost a century. The historic roadside attraction is a symbol of postmodern architecture and a throwback to a time when marketing was a bit more whimsical.

“The Big Duck is a ‘big’ example of America’s long-lived and vibrant culture of advertising, which was born out of the political turmoil and commercial energy of the 19th century and scaled up for use on the roadside in the 20th century,” says David Brownlee, a professor of art history at the University of Pennsylvania.

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