Can neon’s comeback among trendy companies save Philly’s last glass benders?

Neon — long an iconic part of American culture popularized by Vegas-style corridors, beer signs at dive bars, and animated structures atop old-fashioned diners — has made a comeback among big-name companies capitalizing on its nostalgic quality. Posh designers such as Coach and Tiffany & Co. have erected the glowing signs, and Urban Neon has worked on projects for Kate Spade. Showcasing neon, too, are such trendy Philadelphia businesses as City Fitness, which has put up glowing signs with inspirational phrases in its gyms.

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