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July 11, 2006 | MARK ALAN HUGHES
WHAT'S THE big theme for the 2007 mayor's race? Whenever I try to come up with one, it turns into a list of important but (let's face it) tired issues: crime and taxes and schools and so on. Those issues matter, but we need a theme to organize our priorities and hold our attention. Eight years ago, I argued that depopulation and its consequences was the big theme for whoever succeeded Ed Rendell. The defining fact of Philadelphia then was this: A city of less than 1.5 million residents can't sustain the infrastructure of a city built for more than 2 million.
NEWS
April 28, 2009 | By KELLIE PATRICK GATES
What it means, and why it's a good thing:   We used to call it "regionalism. " But, these days, that word comes with baggage: While some make it their life's work (like the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission), others dismiss it as a goal, and many are just tired of hearing the word. But in a new age of energy and sustainability and the need to "silo-bust," the idea that communities can achieve more by working together than by acting like islands has never been more relevant.
BUSINESS
December 29, 1991 | By Marian Uhlman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here's the problem. You're a biotechnology firm with a great idea you know could make you rich. But you need cash to bring it to market. So you find yourself a partner with deep pockets to foot the bill. Almost as fast as you can say abracadabra your great idea now belongs largely to your well-endowed colleague. And wealth may elude you yet again. This is the dilemma young biotechnology firms face all the time. They risk reaping the full value of their ideas by seeking alliances with larger pharmaceutical or chemical companies that have money and time to invest.
BUSINESS
May 11, 2003 | By Don Steinberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
CN8, the regional TV channel carried only on Comcast Corp. cable systems, looks as if it's about to become something. The question is, what? Tomorrow, the locally produced channel makes a huge growth spurt, going live on cable systems that serve 2.2 million homes from Maine to Connecticut, many of which Comcast absorbed in its acquisition of AT&T Broadband. Breaking out beyond the Mid-Atlantic region for the first time, CN8's mix of public affairs and local sports will extend to a total of 6.2 million homes.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once a year for the last decade, the city's designers and architects have come together for a weeklong festival of films, tours, open studios, talks, exhibitions, and art installations called DesignPhiladelphia. More or less synonymous with that festival is Hilary Jay, who cofounded it while running the Design Center at Philadelphia University and who managed it through moves to the University of the Arts and the AIA Philadelphia's Center for Architecture, where it's now based. Recently, Jay, of Washington Square, left her job as director of the Center for Architecture and of DesignPhiladelphia.
NEWS
March 7, 2001 | by Leon Taylor Daily News Staff Writer
For Laurada Byers, life goes on. It has to, if the life of her slain husband and Daily News columnist W. Russell G. Byers is to have lasting meaning. "I'm not so much into observing his death as I am celebrating his life," she said. "His life is the thing that was most important. " So, last year she marked the first anniversary of her soulmate's senseless Dec. 4, 1999, stabbing death, with a family outing to two of their favorite places - Longwood Gardens and the nearby Hank's Restaurant.
NEWS
June 26, 2008 | By Becky Batcha, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
The big idea: What Conde described at this year's World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, as "the last nail in the coffin of the imperial CEO. " He foresees a new direction in organizational dynamics that gives workers authority to green-light their colleagues' best ideas, taking the boss largely out of the loop. Wayne-based SunGard Data Systems Inc. uses what it calls a "collaboration architecture" - a software system and mindset - to let employees direct their own projects.
NEWS
June 26, 2008 | By Becky Batcha, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
The big idea: Most recently, to take on the phone companies. Comcast Corp. started offering digital voice services three years ago and now has 5.2 million customers, making it the country's fourth-largest residential phone company. For making that happen - "it's been a really crazy ride," she said - Avgiris recently was lauded by Pink magazine as one of the nation's 15 most innovative businesswomen. Avgiris also has been officially named a Wonder Woman by a cable TV trade journal, although her sons, 18 and 23, "sometimes don't think I'm wonderful," she said.
NEWS
June 26, 2008 | By Becky Batcha, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
The big idea: Putting Campbell's soups on a low-sodium crash diet. Since 2006, the Camden company has reformulated more than 85 recipes. By August, 48 varieties - including the children's favorite Chicken & Stars - will be "healthy" under FDA labeling laws, with 480 mg of sodium per serving. The key was a unique sea salt. Campbell has exclusive access to the magical crystals, and where they come from is a closely held secret. The company will not divulge the sea salt's country of origin, or even its continent.
NEWS
January 31, 2008 | By J.J. BALABAN
FOR THOSE who long for a Democratic victory in November, three reasons stand out to support Barack Obama: Big Bird, Big Idea, Big Majority. Big Bird: In every presidential election since the dawn of TV, the most likable candidate has won the general election. It's easy to mock selecting a president based on likability, and I tremble at the prospect of a Tom Hanks administration. But as University of Michigan Professor Scott Hershovitz has noted, one candidate invariably gets defined as being more like "Big Bird" and the other candidate as resembling "Oscar the Grouch.
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May 30, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once a year for the last decade, the city's designers and architects have come together for a weeklong festival of films, tours, open studios, talks, exhibitions, and art installations called DesignPhiladelphia. More or less synonymous with that festival is Hilary Jay, who cofounded it while running the Design Center at Philadelphia University and who managed it through moves to the University of the Arts and the AIA Philadelphia's Center for Architecture, where it's now based. Recently, Jay, of Washington Square, left her job as director of the Center for Architecture and of DesignPhiladelphia.
NEWS
March 5, 2015
GOV. WOLF'S plans for Pennsylvania are a little like plans for a one-way trip to Mars. Not everybody's ready to sign up. Bold? Sure. Forward-looking? You bet. But like that Mars-or-bust business, pretty expensive, extremely ambitious and unlikely to fly. This is not to say Democrat Wolf's big ideas are bad: Cut the wage tax, cut property taxes, raise the minimum wage, cut business taxes and freeze tuition at state universities. And surely these plans meet Democrat Wolf's favorite self-describing adjective: "different.
REAL_ESTATE
March 2, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nora Lichtash has lived in Germantown for more than 40 years. Now she is pitching a development project there for affordable housing that would allow renters to convert their units into equity and home ownership. Lichtash's vehicle is a nonprofit known as the Women's Community Revitalization Project (WCRP). WCRP has operated in Philadelphia since 1987, and Lichtash has been director since 1990. In that time, the nonprofit has developed 250 affordable townhouses and apartments in all five counties of the region, investing about $4 million to date.
NEWS
January 26, 2014 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Imagine the universe as a snow globe - you know, one of those round glass paperweights you turn upside down and it snows. Within this snow globe is a little house and a little tree and two women who are stuck inside, trying to figure out what they're doing there. This is the premise of Snowglobe , a new play by Nicholas Wardigo at the Shubin Theatre. If you're going to premiere a whimsical one-act meditation on whether it is possible to prove the existence of God, you can't do better than to have Charlotte Northeast and Amanda Schoonover play Ingrid and Sonja, the two women.
NEWS
August 20, 2013
IT'S HARD FOR ME to not like Ross Brightwell - part dreamer, part engaged citizen, part pain in the ass. The thing about Brightwell - his snowy hair and beard give him the appearance of a happy elf - is that he's not a pain in the ass on his own behalf. The Pittsburgh native is in love with his adopted Philadelphia and his belief that it can be so much better than it is. Decades ago, Pittsburgh, led by someone named King Mellon, decided its future did not lie with smokestack industries that provided wealth but also provided unbreathable air. Over time, Pittsburgh got clean and reinvented itself.
NEWS
August 5, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - To Cory Booker, urban poverty isn't just a challenge to address as mayor of Newark. It's a national scourge eroding fundamental principles of equality. Disparities in public schools don't just need fixing, they represent "American apartheid. " But ask Rep. Frank Pallone about those issues, and he will talk about the "sequester" budget cuts and details of the No Child Left Behind law. Rush Holt, a fellow congressman, is likely to stress his views as a scientist and teacher, as he has in a series of self-described "Geek Out" Web videos featuring professorial breakdowns of climate change and Wall Street trading.
SPORTS
July 12, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
ARCHBISHOP CARROLL'S Derrick Jones is like any other rising high school junior. He is looking at colleges, and trying to make a decision that best fits him. The difference is, he has it narrowed down to a list of colleges that want him, and want him badly. Division I coaches from around the country were at Philadelphia University yesterday to catch some of the best recruits in the nation, including Jones, participate in the Reebok Classic Breakout Camp. The 6-6 Jones, who has offers from Syracuse, Maryland, Villanova, Penn State, Temple, Saint Joseph's, Kansas State and Kansas, is looking for a school that matches the way he plays: big. "I'm looking for a great fan base, a big arena, a big campus," Jones said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2013
ARIES (March 21-April 19) As the saying goes, "From an acorn grows a mighty oak. " Be sure your little idea is getting all the tending it needs to grow into a big idea. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Like a cosmetic advertiser, life might try to convince you that what's in the bottle will make you beautiful for $100. Do your research, though, because there's a $3 version that's just as effective. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) You know the truth when you hear it. Believing one true thing will change your whole day for the better.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
WITH ITS animated series about a dead rapper's "spirit" who offers guidance to his children, no one can say Ossian Media isn't thinking out of the box. But that's the idea behind "House of Wallace," which will feature the children of the late Notorious B.I.G. - C.J. Wallace , 16, and T'yanna Wallace , 19 - trying to keep alive the hip-hop legend's Brooklyn recording studio. The show has not yet been picked up by a network, although a representative for Ossian says that "a few serious networks are in discussion.
NEWS
April 13, 2012 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
In this city, it's not often you can implement a good idea without getting bogged down in bureaucratic mumbo jumbo or political mishmash. Let's face it, simple and effective is not something Philadelphia does well, what with its haze of antiquated agencies, undermining union obstacles, and pat-down political patronage. Too often, Philly is where good ideas go to die. That's why the idea the University of Pennsylvania had three years ago to have its students participate in an on-campus competition to develop practical public policy plans for the city is so refreshing.
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