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REAL_ESTATE
March 5, 2006 | By Alan J. Heavens INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
The oldest baby boomers are colliding with age 60 - a fact that has not escaped America's builders of active-adult housing. Those who have been in the business of designing homes for this group of 78 million also have noticed this: The boomers' shopping list is changing. One way is that more and more of them are choosing to get active in the cities. "For Philadelphia and other cities, this has been a great thing," said Susan Brecht of Brecht Associates, author of the book Analyzing Seniors' Housing Markets.
NEWS
September 30, 1996 | by Leonard Larsen
The Bob Dole presidential campaign is not going to win over sizable numbers of baby boomers, their voting-age children and other younger Americans by claiming President Clinton is soft on drugs. Those are the Americans, actually now the majority of voting-age Americans, where "soft on drugs" originated and where drugs have been seen, even tolerated, as a part of the landscape. They are also the people among whom Dole is most likely to be suspect as unknowing and intolerant of younger Americans, too old for the times.
NEWS
February 9, 1986 | By Howard S. Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
This is the year of the adult boom. If the folks in the vanguard of America's baby boom have spent the last five years getting midriff bulge, this year, they're showing the first wrinkles. As of Jan. 1, the boom began to turn 40. The U.S. Census Bureau places the beginning of the baby boom in 1946, the postwar year that American mothers - buoyed, some say, by war's end, a technological revolution, a striding economy and general optimism - bore 3.4 million children, about 600,000 more than the year before.
LIVING
May 16, 1996 | By Leonard W. Boasberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The baby boomers and baby busters - Americans born after 1945 and through 1976 - are seriously less serious about the performing arts than their parents. They attend fewer concerts of classical music, fewer operas, fewer musicals, and fewer plays. On the other hand, they go to art museums more than the older generations, and they attend ballet and jazz performances about as often. They also watch more art programming on television, listen to the radio more, and buy more CDs. These are some of the findings in a report by the National Endowment for the Arts.
NEWS
June 29, 2012 | By Anndee Hochman, For The Inquirer
For Kathy Tench, a 64-year-old Philadelphia charter schoolteacher, anxiety is the voice that comes nattering in the middle of the night. It might start with a stray thought after waking up to use the bathroom - "Why was I left out of that e-mail loop at work?" - and ramp up to a spiral of worry: Maybe they don't value my input. Maybe I'll be pink-slipped in the next round of budget cuts. Then how will I pay the mortgage? What if I can't retire at 70, as I plan? She sometimes lies there, obsessing, until dawn.
NEWS
February 21, 2008 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A word about Barack Obama's age. This, as much as race and gender, is what has me captivated by this campaign. Barack Obama is 46 - just eight months older than I am. I was first struck during Obama's victory speech in Iowa, and ever since, more than anything else about him, by the simple but unprecedented fact that this guy running for president is my age. He's not a boomer, he's not a Gen Xer. Technically, we are considered boomers -...
NEWS
January 2, 1986 | By Richard Reeves
Happy New Year, baby boomers. And, happy birthday, too, a big one, for all 78 million of you: postwar babies; the Pepsi, Now, Woodstock and Me generations and Yuppies. They're turning 40. The first of them were born on Jan. 1, 1946 - starting with Kathleen Casey, the daughter of a Navy machinist's mate born one second after midnight in Philadelphia. The next, it is recorded, was Mark Bejcek in Chicago, the son of a soldier. On the New Year's Day Kathleen Casey was born, the Census Bureau was estimating that the population of the United States in the year 2000 would be 163 million.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2013 | Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Baby boomers preparing for retirement are driving a surge in small-business sales, as they find more and more buyers confident enough in the improving economy to expand their own businesses through acquisitions. In the first three months of this year, the number of sales that closed jumped 56 percent from the same time in 2012, according to BizBuySell.com, an online marketplace for small businesses. Retirement was the No. 1 contributor to business sales in the fourth quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013, according to a survey by Pepperdine University and two trade groups, the International Business Brokers Association and M&A Source.
REAL_ESTATE
January 29, 2006 | By Alan J. Heavens INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
You've got to hand it to those aging baby boomers. If it weren't for them, the high-rise condo boom in the nation's cities would be dust in the wind. Or so says Jerry Starkey, president and CEO of WCI Communities in Florida. Since 1993, WCI has built 88 high-rise condominium buildings both in and out of Florida - 17 million square feet, today worth $15 billion to $20 billion in boom-adjusted numbers, Starkey told a recent session at the International Builders Show here. "The boomer is the significant driver, both in primary- and second-home markets," Starkey said.
BUSINESS
November 25, 2010 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Uneasiness is keeping some aging baby boomers in their current homes, even though that's not what they had in mind. As Realtor Allan Domb, who sells condos in Center City, sees it, "The decline in prices in the suburbs appears to be keeping a lot of aging boomers . . . from selling and moving to something befitting their changed lifestyle. " That, and "general uncertainty over the economy and personal finances, and a desire to see house/condo prices bottom before making a move," said Philadelphia economist Kevin Gillen, vice president at Econsult Corp.
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