December 16, 2011 |
A CONTROVERSIAL bill that would have allowed gigantic wall-wrap advertising on a single building near the Vine Expressway officially died yesterday as City Council wrapped its last session of the year. As promised, Mayor Nutter vetoed the legislation sponsored by Councilman Frank DiCicco that would have permitted the advertising on a building at 7th and Willow streets - site of previous lawsuits and fines related to an illegally erected ad. DiCicco managed to get the measure passed Dec. 1 with 12 votes - the number needed to override a veto - but some of those supporters were uneasy after letters from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and City Solicitor Shelley Smith warned the measure could have jeopardized federal highway funding.
December 15, 2011 |
On a day when City Council wrapped up years of work on several major bills and bid adieu to six colleagues with more than a century of combined experience, Councilman Darrell L. Clarke was looking to the future. Clarke, who is slated to become Council president Jan. 2, introduced two bills Thursday at the final meeting of the term, perhaps offering a preview of his leadership. Both bills seek ways to generate money for the city without raising taxes - something the Nutter administration has been forced to do three years in a row. "I think it's time for us to come up with another strategy," Clarke said.
December 13, 2011 |
MAYOR Nutter said yesterday that he would veto a controversial wall-wrap bill that City Council passed Dec. 1 despite a letter from the state saying that it violates federal law and jeopardizes federal highway funding for the city. The wall wrap, planned for a building at 7th and Willow, near Callowhill Street, would violate Federal Highway Administration regulations and the Highway Beautification Act because it would be within 660 feet of the Vine Expressway, according to the Dec. 1 letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
November 18, 2011 |
After members of Occupy Philly interrupted City Council on Thursday, shouting down attempts to restore order and creating a circus-like atmosphere for their own mock session, the actual elected members got down to a varied and lengthy agenda. The results included a bill to let restaurant servers keep all of their tips, approval of a major construction project to turn gas from a city wastewater plant into electricity, and a debate on the place of advertising in the public sphere.
October 17, 2011 |
THERE WERE NO real surprises in the season's first BCS standings. Louisiana State was first, by a narrow margin over Alabama, followed by Oklahoma. That's the same order as the polls. But it gets a little different at No. 4, where Oklahoma State checks in with its highest ranking ever. In 2008, OSU started No. 6 and finished 13th. Boise State is next. The rest of the top 10 reads: Wisconsin, Clemson, Stanford, Arkansas and Oregon. Penn State checks in at No. 21. The BCS is a three-pronged formula that uses the Harris Interactive (media)
September 26, 2011 |
Anthony J. D'Lauro Jr., 80, formerly of Blue Bell, a retired advertising executive and owner of DiNardo's Famous Seafood in Old City, died of pulmonary fibrosis Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Physicians Regional Hospital in Naples, Fla. When he was working in advertising, Mr. D'Lauro took clients to the original DiNardo's restaurant in Wilmington. He used to say he could gauge clients' personalities watching them cope with platters of hard-shell crabs, a daughter, Jane DiNola, said. In 1976, Mr. D'Lauro opened DiNardo's Famous Seafood at Third and Race Streets, with partners Bill DiNardo and Ralph Patrone.
September 9, 2011 |
Richard S. Meyer, 96, of Melrose Park, a retired department store advertising executive who restored vintage telephones, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Abramson Center for Jewish Life in Horsham. Mr. Meyer began his career at 15, working in the advertising office at the Hecht Co. in Washington, his hometown. During World War II, he worked for Martin Aircraft in Maryland. After the war, he did advertising for Lansburgh & Bro. in Washington before returning to Hecht's as advertising manager in 1948.
June 8, 2011 |
A bill that would create a commercial advertising district in the development dead-zone of Market East passed out of the Rules Committee Tuesday and appears headed for passage. The bill, championed by Councilman Frank DiCicco, is intended to spur development along Market Street between 7th and 13th Streets. That stretch was once the city's main shopping district, with department stores like Strawbridge & Clothier. But Market East has been in decline for decades despite hosting the Convention Center and being surrounded by vibrant areas like Chinatown and Independence Mall.
June 8, 2011 |
Philadelphia's online advertising business may lack the cachet of New York's Silicon Alley. But the region has its own "digital chops": It's home to Conshohocken-based Internet marketing agency PointRoll Inc. (owned by newspaper publisher Gannett Co. Inc. ), Center City-based online drug-marketing specialist Razorfish/Digitas , and other creative and specialty software firms with national clients, says Todd Miller , newly promoted boss at Archer Group , the Wilmington firm that builds online ads for JPMorgan Chase, Wawa, Herr's, American Water , and other big Philadelphia-area companies.
May 17, 2011 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Fox won praise from NASCAR fans for using a split screen during its final commercial break of Sunday's race at Dover. It's the first time the network has done that during a NASCAR broadcast, although TNT does it during its broadcast of the July race at Daytona. "At this point, the fan feedback we've seen via social media has been very positive," Fox spokesman Lou D'Ermilio said. D'Ermilio said the idea to use a split screen was discussed last week, but became doable only when advertisers Sprint, FedEx and Pizza Hut agreed to share their screen time with race coverage.