South Philly ‘feelin the Bern’ as Bernie Sanders mural goes up at 22nd and Catharine – but it won’t be there forever

South Philly is truly “feelin’ the Bern.” Two street artists, Disto and Old Broads, are in the process of transforming the side of the building at 22nd and Catharine into a mural in honor of Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders.

Not a Bernie Sanders fan? Don’t worry, this mural won’t be here forever. The building this mural is being completed on will be developed as a project by the same owners who completed the Ultimo development across the street.

The mural is being completed this week, but the artists are seeking some assistance with funding. The property owners asked Conrad Benner of the Streets Dept. to find the artists for this project and also offered to cover the cost of supplies if the artists are unable to do so on their own. If you happen to be a Bernie Sanders supporter, you can donate to the mural fundraiser on Kickstarter here.  As of Wednesday morning, $1,887 of the $5,000 goal has been raised.

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The completed mural could look something like this.

The building’s owners, Glass Properties, have plans to upgrade this corner property in the future. According to a listing on MSC Retail, this would include 1,900 sq. ft. of commercial space, split between the basement, first floor and second floor of the building. This will likely be a restaurant space on the first floor and basement.  The second floor commercial space has potential as a test kitchen, office space, or an additional level of the ground-floor restaurant.

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What do you think of this mural and the future plans for this Graduate Hospital corner property?

65 thoughts on “South Philly ‘feelin the Bern’ as Bernie Sanders mural goes up at 22nd and Catharine – but it won’t be there forever

  • March 9, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Love it!

  • March 9, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Love the future upgrade to the building. And good thing this isn’t a Trump mural. Our illegal immigrant population would be seen swimming across the river to Camden.

    • March 9, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Bernie is a dilusional maniac who is preying on the uninformed. His proposals are so unrealistic. If you believe them you are a sucker or dumb as hell.

      • March 10, 2016 at 8:31 am

        Hey Steveo, I don’t support Trump or Bernie, it was a joke. If you believe in any of these candidates, you’re fooling yourself. Americans are just chasing their tales with Presidential elections. The core of the problems are much much deeper than someone in a $5,000 suit who can raise money and shake hands.

        • March 10, 2016 at 9:13 am

          I like this guy.

        • March 10, 2016 at 10:38 am

          He doesn’t wear 5,000 dollar suits lol. He cant afford that.

          • March 11, 2016 at 8:38 am

            His net worth falls somewhere between $400k and $500k. He’s running for president of the USA. I’m pretty sure he spent .1% of his total money to buy a good suit. All campaign fundraising aside.

            • March 11, 2016 at 8:51 am

              You might want to try mathing again.

              • March 11, 2016 at 9:06 am

                You’re right. Does that change the point? Do you really think he went to Men’s Warehouse?

      • March 10, 2016 at 10:07 am

        As a life-time Vermonter, I have seen Bernie in action for many, many years. His ideals and policies are as honest as he is. Are you calling an entire state suckers and dumb as hell? Because he won by a land-slide here. We can’t ALL be morons like you. Check your facts before you spout off. You are just showing YOUR ignorance.

        • March 10, 2016 at 10:50 am

          With all due respect, Vermont is a mostly rural state with no large cities and a hideous drug problem. It’s hardly a good representation of the nation as a whole. He is playing into the hands of the weak who believe that everyone else should take care of them, and that they are too special to take responsibility for their lives. I’m not saying Trump, Cruz, Clinton, or anyone currently in play is any better, because they are not, but pretending Bernie is a savior is delusional.

          • March 11, 2016 at 12:03 pm

            I would argue most of the country is rural with a drug problem. Money’s a drug, God’s a drug, caffeine’s a drug.

        • March 10, 2016 at 4:42 pm

          I believe you fall under both, fool.

      • March 10, 2016 at 10:25 am

        so this great country can’t make the unrealistic happen? We landed on the moon we cure polio .we made the h bomb . with your thinking steveo you are the sucker and dumb as a trump supporter …

        • March 11, 2016 at 8:39 am

          Yeah, but you’re referring to things that science accomplished. Politics are far less accomplished.

      • March 11, 2016 at 3:56 pm

        Anyone who says Bernie’s plans are unrealistic is taking the mainsream media’s at face value, and doesn’t take the time to inform themselves through unbiased sources. If you would like to not sound ignorant to those of us who prefer to be informed citizens who don’t pay attention to media outlets who have invested in certain candidates for their presidential campaign, and have no vested interest in a man who is funded completely by workers unions and individual contributers, you may want to check out this link:

  • March 9, 2016 at 11:34 am

    22nd and Catharine? I guess that’s the most appropriate place to put up a mural of a guy who tries to pretend he’s part of the black community.

    • March 9, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      In my opinion, things like marching with MLK or getting arrested for demonstrating in favor of civil rights made him an important part of the black community, regardless of his skin color.

      • March 9, 2016 at 1:43 pm

        And where has he been since the civil rights movement? I’m black. My family is black. My entire community is black. And we hate Bernie Sanders because he is as fake as they come. He’s done NOTHING for us other than saying he supported MLK in the 60s. Well, guess what… EVERY person who wasn’t a raging bigot supported MLK. It doesn’t make any person “a part of the black community” as much as it does a human being.

        • March 9, 2016 at 1:50 pm

          Do you like Hillary? She directly contributed to the prison boom and mandatory minimum sentences that destroyed many families.

          • March 12, 2016 at 1:19 am

            Thank you Jillian for replying to this crazy statement. DJ Joey, Bernie Sanders is as honest as they come. very sad to see you voting against your own best interests.

        • March 9, 2016 at 4:15 pm

          A you know nothing about Sanders or his history as a mayor,member of the House or Senat.He supported Jesse Jackson in both his presidential campaigns.Bad politicians are elected because people do not bother to do research it is you responsibility to do ACCURATE research on
          a candidate !

          • March 9, 2016 at 8:54 pm

            Jay is right, and Debbie below. The Clintons did nothing but harm the black community. 3 strikes, welfare reform… they use black voters.

            • March 10, 2016 at 2:15 pm

              I’m sure the one person in this thread who mentioned he’s black really appreciates people with names like Jillian, Joanna, Laura and Ethan telling him about the black community.

              • March 11, 2016 at 1:00 pm

                Joey should, because those names are much more informed and educated about a politician fighting for the poor and downtrodden his whole career. In a system that is broken, that denigrates humanity, and the compassionate. I find it odd you imply they are white. *Tsk *Tsk

                If names you are looking for that represent black America then here they are:

                Ta-Nehisi Coates
                Michelle Alexander
                Rep. Keith Ellison
                Ben Jealous
                Dr. Cornel West
                South Carolina Rep. Justin T. Bamberg
                Big Boi of Outkast
                Michael “Killer Mike” Render

                • March 13, 2016 at 6:45 am

                  May I add Spike Lee, Angela Davis, Nina Turner.

                  I’m not black, I’m not even American, lol, but I do know that segregation means being a raging bigot was pretty much the official public stance among whites, and from what I gather back when he did those things people could get jailed or even killed. I find it kind of belittling for people all over the world who have the courage to fight and risk their lives for what is right to say “well it’s just the right thing to do and anybody would have done it”. No, everybody would not have done it, and everybody did not do it. That’s why we don’t have millions of MLKs, of Nelson Mandelas, of Gandhis, it’s because fighting the good fight for real is not and has never been the easy path.

        • March 9, 2016 at 6:06 pm

          Have you ever read through this? I don’t understand why you are so hostile.

          You are attacking Bernie, but while he was marching – Hillary Clinton was a Goldwater girl. She helped campaign for a candidate that wanted to resegregate.

          • March 9, 2016 at 10:41 pm

            Why are you assuming someone who doesn’t like one politician supports another? You can dislike more than one person.

        • March 10, 2016 at 1:13 pm

          you don’t know shit and you’re embarassing yourself

        • March 10, 2016 at 8:14 pm

          Killer Mike talks Shop w Bernie…
          CheCk your Head Dj Joey FM cuz Schoolly B bout to drop some Science on ya, ya Heard…Better Recognize… Real Talk

        • March 11, 2016 at 11:31 am

          Yes Bernie marched with MLK in Washington.

          He was also arrested for protesting the segregation of schools in Chicago.

          He is also from Brooklyn, NY, one of the most diversified cities in the U.S.

          So while you may believe he has done nothing for the black community, you are wrong. Or that you feel he can’t possibly understand race issues because he’s white, is also innacurate.

          As a member of Congress, he has proposed many bills, and has helped in getting many approved as well.

          These are the facts. You are entitled to your opinion. But also understand that no other candidate has had the same trajectory or done as much to help as he has.

        • March 24, 2016 at 4:02 pm

          Up for civil discourse? I’m game! Any anonymous person on internet can claim what they and their family believe.

          The proof is in the pudding.

          Bernie’s actions have backed up his belief and strong defense of civil rights for all people of every color and background.

          https://www. youtube .com/watch?v=4G4RFH2Qo1E (remove the spaces)

          https:// twitter .com/Brains4Bern/status/701179632679129088 (remove spaces)

          https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=RU3NKvvxcSs (ditto)

      • March 9, 2016 at 1:44 pm

        Haha… I’m guessing you don’t know many black people if you think he’s an important part of the black community.

    • March 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Pretends? Guess you pretend to follow politics or research anything outside of the mainstream.

      • March 9, 2016 at 1:46 pm

        Stop with the racist comments, Ethan. Black people can follow politics.

        • March 9, 2016 at 6:06 pm

          How the fuck is that racist? Holy shit.

          • March 9, 2016 at 10:41 pm

            Wow, if you don’t see how that’s racist… idk. You have amazing blinders on.

            • March 11, 2016 at 8:33 am

              He didn’t say black people pretend to follow politics, he said a specific person pretended to follow politics. Saying that one black person does or is something is not intrinsically racist; saying all or most are or do would be. Sanders, having one of the most liberal voting records in Congress, has continued to be an ally to the Black community, while the person in question has demonstrated ignorance of that fact, just as you have shown ignorance of the definition of racism.

        • March 9, 2016 at 10:08 pm

          Robert wanna cookie? What an infantile set of statements.

        • March 9, 2016 at 7:24 pm

          THANK YOU ALISON !!

    • March 9, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      He seems rather to me a person with an affinity for the entire Human Community. And he welcome and invites all to join in. You prefer to believe and prefer otherwise. So be it…..

      • March 10, 2016 at 7:25 am

        Dave, very well said.

  • March 9, 2016 at 11:47 am

    As a resident of this block, I am pretty pissed off that this trust fund kid thinks we all care what his political affiliation is. He had the balls to start a kickstarter for it as well. Should just ask his mom for more money between her facelifts.

    • March 9, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      Alex I guess being an American with rights pisses you off.

      • March 9, 2016 at 1:44 pm

        I’m going to come and paint a giant, terrible Trump mural out side of your window that says “Get Trumped Philly” or some other awful pun and see how your neighborhood feels about it.

        He has the right to do what he wants with his building, and I have every right to think he’s an asshole for doing it and asking others to fund it. Democratic Social Capitalism.

        • March 9, 2016 at 2:23 pm

          Yeah but, Trump is a piece of shit who emulates the rise of Hitler, while Bernie philosophies and policies most closely parallel Jesus’s.

        • March 11, 2016 at 2:19 pm

          Nice thing about Kickstarter. You can choose to donate or NOT.

  • March 9, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Sanders, then Mayor, endorses Jesse Jackson for president.
    Clinton(s), then Gov., endorse Mike Dukakis.
    Doesn’t make him part of the community, but it does show consistency of doing the right thing.
    HRC? Whichever way the wind blows….. Welcome back Keystone XL and TPT….

    • March 9, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      No matter who wins, it’s a lose-lose. This is the worst class of candidates ever. It’d be sweet if they all disappeared until Jan 21 next year.

      • March 9, 2016 at 2:53 pm

        I’d vote for a chicken over any of the candidates. And if that chicken were elected, it wouldn’t change much in the larger scheme of things. And our State of the Union address would be much more entertaining (chicken clucking around ON a podium for the entire time). And should that chicken not uphold its duties to the Office of the President of the United States, we could impeach it and deep fry it.

        • March 9, 2016 at 4:23 pm

          Wing Commander

        • March 9, 2016 at 8:59 pm

          Why are none of the candidates to your liking?

          • March 10, 2016 at 8:36 am

            Because not one single candidate has any comprehensive and reasonable plan for the things he/she will realistically achieve when in office. Not one candidate is talking about the military industrial complex, big corporations and banks that are eating America alive, or what really needs to change in America. And even if they did, they couldn’t get into office. The presidential race is little more than a ratings festival for the orchestrated mass media, and the position itself has become merely a figure-head for American politics.

            Some may see that as a stark perspective, but it’s the truth.

            • March 11, 2016 at 1:31 am

              Maybe you should listen a bit more carefully to what Sanders has to say.

              • March 11, 2016 at 8:46 am

                You should read what I typed more carefully. He talks about those things, but he has no comprehensive, realistic plan for how he would implement any of those changes. It goes back to the fact that the President has very little control over the larger system. The House and Senate would oppose almost every large initiative that Sanders is promoting. Sanders will never get into office, but even if he did, the SYSTEM is bought and paid for. Aside from executive orders, he’d have no sway.

  • March 9, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Hillary and Bernie lie to monorities to keep making money. They have been in office 8 years lying to black people, dangling the carrot of a better life. Complete scam artists, happy to see black people catching on to the b.s. They can care less about you. They have been using you all for decades.

    • March 10, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      I seriously think you are wrong about Bernie Sanders. Just google videos of him fighting for civil rights, against money in politics, against the prison industrial complex and for universal healthcare. You will find at least 20 years of him arguing for these things in congress like a lion. And he doesn’t take a dime from big business so I don’t know what you mean when you say he’s getting rich. Please. This is an opportunity to change our government to work for the majority of people.

  • March 10, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Anonymous gives out 10 reasons why Bernie Sanders deserves more coverage from the mainstream media and, ultimately, your vote:
    #AnonOps #FeeltheBern
    1) He supports a new Glass Steagall act- hell he even detailed 5 reasons explaining why it’s important; passed over 80 years ago, it had prevented commercial banks from participating in investment banking. It was repealed in 1999, and banks used this new-found ability to plunder the savings of their depositors by making extremely risky “investments” for their own profit. This is the primary reason for the 2008 financial crisis, and the reason why the big banks had to be bailed out by taxpayers. Hillary Clinton doesn’t want to reinstate Glass-Steagall while Trump wants regulations on Wall Street to be weakened.

    2) He wants to break up the big banks; no more of this “too big to fail” nonsense- he also voted against the bailout of Wall Street. Hillary, on the other hand, receives money and support from Wall Street. She has also voted multiple times for the bailout despite “evolving” on the issue. Trump wants to maintain the size of the big banks. He also wanted to bail out the banks.

    3) Sanders opposed NAFTA and the TPP: two “trade” agreements, the first causing the loss of up to a million jobs in America and the second a formerly-top-secret agreement which would hand sweeping powers to corporations. Hillary was for the TPP and supported it a dozen times- only recently has she “evolved” on the matter. Trump hates the TPP too… but only because he thinks China would somehowbenefit from it.

    4) For his entire political career Sanders has stood against the for-profit prison industrial complex and the practice of over-criminalization. This issue has had Clinton “evolving” towards prison reform since… a few months back… but before entering her higher form, she lobbied in 1994 for a crime law that had increasedprison funding and sentences. Trump wants to “get a lot tougher” on crime, despite police killings being the highest in two decades and despite the fact that violent crime is also down.

    5) Sanders voted against the Iraq War, and is against a war with Russia. Clinton voted for the Iraq War- she also has a neoconservative war-mongering foreign policy. Most Republican candidates, besides Rand Paul, do not seem averse to war. Trump’s claim that he opposed Iraq’s invasion at the time it was debated is baseless, though he too is against conflict with Russia; China’s his whipping boy.

    6) Sanders voted twice against the Patriot Act, which allowed widespread mass surveillance to be used against the American public. Hillary voted for it twice and Trump is all for reauthorizing it.

    7) Sanders doesn’t degrade racial and religious minorities, nor does he inflame the majority- he comes right out and tells us that the elite are to blame. He said this at a rally: “they’re always playing one group against another. Rich got richer — everybody else was fighting each other. Our job is to build a nation in which we all stand together”. Hillary has an “abysmal” racial justice record and Trump… well, he’s said enough about that topic to fill a phone book.

    8) Sanders wants to decriminalize the use of marijuana. Clinton is against decriminalizing it and Trump seems to favor legalizing it for medical uses.

    9) Bernie refuses to take money from the super rich… or the corporations. Hillary receives money from everyone who has it- bankers, corporations… she doesn’t discriminate. Trump is already one of the super richand admitted that he has manipulated the system for his own benefit.

    10) The corporate mainstream media hates Bernie and censors him, attempting to make it look like he endorses Hillary. Trump gets WAY more mainstream coverage than Bernie despite both polling similarly. If you want to choose someone who wasn’t handpicked for you, then Bernie is your best best.
    Bonus!) Whenever someone tries to come up with a top ten list NOT to vote for Bernie… it comes out convincing MORE people to vote for him- just read those top comments. On the other hand, one of the most popular search result for the top ten reasons TO vote for Trump is satirical.

  • March 11, 2016 at 1:03 am

    You have the choice between a guy who tries to earn the presidency and another guy who is trying to buy it.

    • March 11, 2016 at 11:21 am

      If you’re an american citizen, you have far more than two choices.

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