Regarding Randy LoBasso’s article about the closing of Trapeze, a swingers club in Fishtown:
The biggest problem with Trapeze was the location. The closing had nothing to do with the Pleasure Garden that is located in the middle of nowhere in southwest. Everything is private there, even the parking lot. The Trapeze owner just picked a bad location not knowing the area or knowing the neighborhood association. It’s not something I would want in my neighborhood and I’m OK with adults doing what they want to do. I’ve been to both clubs and both were very upscale places. Each had good and bad.
Regarding Katherine Rochester’s view on First Friday:
It doesn’t sound like this article has a fair understanding of what’s been going on in the North for over half a decade. The Frankford Avenue Arts Corridor isn’t something new and unpublished. What you are hinting at in this article is aesthetics (ex. young vs. old). True, the aesthetics of Old City and Fishtown are entirely different, but to say there aren’t any old heads frequenting or involved in the bubble is slightly naive. There are as many families, middle-aged adults, and 20-somethings found traversing the Fishtown bubble as Old City. The aesthetics of the galleries vary with yes, young folk making things, but galleries like Highwire have a similar following found in some Old City galleries.