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February 20, 2008 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Snow began falling as afternoon slid into evening. With the lights of Center City twinkling around and below her, Jane Miles stood by the vast expanse of windows that line one side of her new 27th-floor condominium in Symphony House, watching. "The snowflakes look so big up here," she said, more than a little awe in her voice. "With all the cars whizzing by in the streets below, it's like being in another world. " A world high above Philadelphia that, even a few years ago, Miles and her husband would have been very exclusive residents of. But as condo towers grow more commonplace in the city, taller, well-heeled buyers are choosing to feather their nests in the clouds - or as close as several hundred feet above street level can get them.
BUSINESS
May 4, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. When it comes to squishy boundaries, Fishtown's are among the squishiest. The 19125 zip code of which this Philadelphia neighborhood is a part "encompasses several different civic associations for whom boundary questions can be an issue," says Chris Somers, broker/owner of Re/Max Access in Northern Liberties, who sells and invests in Fishtown. No matter where the neighborhood begins or ends, however, it is "an extremely vibrant, hot real estate market, with new construction and renovated properties in high demand but with extremely low inventory," Somers says.
NEWS
January 16, 2002
MY FIANC? AND I both live in Harrisburg but travel to Philadelphia often because we love the city. What we don't love, however, are the outrageous parking rates. When he attended monthly meetings of the Black Data Processors Association in Center City, it cost him more in parking fees to attend the meetings than it did in gas and tolls to make the 105-mile trip from Harrisburg to Philadelphia. Parking also becomes an issue when we want to visit Delilah's at the Reading Terminal for a nice Saturday lunch.
NEWS
December 11, 2003
YOUR Holiday Shopping Guide was a welcome sight in the Dec. 3 Daily News. But once again, it gave short shrift to Center City, whining about parking while barely mentioning that you can get downtown by trolley, El, rail, bus, foot, bike and ferryboat. Your reporter seeking Apple's new music player stated flatly that department stores "don't sell the iPod. " Just a few pages later, good old Strawbridge's display ad was featuring just that - the new 20 gigabyte iPod, no less.
NEWS
May 21, 2010 | Inquirer Staff Report
A 22-year-old man was shot and killed early today in Center City, police said. The victim, not immediately identified, was shot in the arm about 2:15 a.m. on the 900 block of Filbert Street, police said. He was rushed to Hahnemann University Hospital, where doctors discovered the bullet had traveled into his chest, police said. He died at 4:46 a.m. Investigators are seeking a motive and a suspect. The also are reviewing surveillance videos from the area.
NEWS
February 9, 1986 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the last decade, more than 15 1/2 million people have visited the Liberty Bell in its glass house on Philadelphia's Independence Mall. But Caroline Carol was not among them. Age 72, a native and lifelong resident of Philadelphia, Caroline Carol has never seen the Liberty Bell, considered by many the premier symbol of America's freedom. "I always wanted to," Carol said wistfully the other day. "They used to take you when you were in school, but I never remember seeing it. . . . I guess I was absent that day. " Long a resident of Mayfair in Northeast Philadelphia, she said she felt "a little embarrassed" by the omission.
NEWS
March 1, 1996 | BY JIM BELEY
As I speak to fellow business managers and owners in Center City, I detect concern over recent economic reports. It seems that, in this paper and elsewhere, a picture of gloom and doom portrays the region's consumer spending. We hear reports of mall shop owners decrying lack of both traffic and spending. We see overstocked department stores slashing to their deepest discounts in modern memory. This concerns all of us in business. But many of us are just as deeply concerned that the picture is being painted with too broad a brush.
NEWS
December 27, 1997 | by Ron Avery, Daily News Staff Writer
It was the kind of day when you could roll a bowling ball down the long corridors of City Hall and not disturb a soul. It seemed like most everyone took yesterday off as an added vacation day. The infamously aggressive lawyers of Philadelphia weren't filing suits. The judges abandoned their benches. Center City parking lot attendants sat sunning themselves in half-empty lots and waitresses sat at back tables reading the newspapers. "We normally serve 80 to 100 at lunch - today we had about 15," said bartender Jim Shrader at Tony Clark's restaurant on Broad Street, which caters to executives and other upscale types.
NEWS
September 11, 2000 | By Steven Conn
As a parking garage moves another step closer to being built near Rittenhouse Square, I can only ask: Whither goest thou, Center City? Here's the fundamental question in recent debates on several Center City development projects, from a parking garage on Sansom to the baseball stadium that threatens to eat Chinatown: What kind of place will Center City be? Two trends have emerged in Center City over the last decade or so. On one hand, downtown Philadelphia is attracting more suburban visitors, out-of-town tourists and conventioneers.
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NEWS
May 18, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A 44-YEAR-OLD man will spend 20 to 40 years in prison and will have to register under Megan's Law as a sexually violent predator for a 2013 attack in Center City during which he dragged a woman into a secluded area and raped her, a judge ruled yesterday. Rafiq Smith, a/k/a Malcolm Mininall, appeared unfazed when Common Pleas Judge Donna Woelpper read his sentence. A jury found him guilty in April 2014 of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, robbery, kidnapping and sexual assault for the attack on a 54-year-old woman about 10:30 p.m. March 6, 2013.
BUSINESS
May 18, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The company that Joseph F. Coradino leads took a lot of heat over the Gallery. Critics lashed out at the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, which includes the Center City mall among the dozens it runs nationwide, for shutting stores and cutting merchants off from their livelihoods. Even the promise of a glittering new shopping mall in a tired section of Market Street East didn't seem to turn down the temperature. But the critics didn't understand the whole story, says Coradino, 63, chief executive of PREIT.
NEWS
May 16, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge denied a defense motion on Thursday to bar prosecutors from using results of blood tests done on the excavator operator in the 2013 collapse that flattened a Salvation Army thrift store in Center City and killed six people. Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson said the blood draws on Sean Benschop did not violate his constitutional right against illegal searches. At issue in the motion by defense lawyer William Davis were blood tests done on Benschop as he lay on a trauma gurney at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on the day of the collapse, June 5, 2013.
NEWS
May 16, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jamer Hunt typically commutes from Center City to a teaching job at the Parsons School for Design in New York City four days a week on a 7:28 or 8:30 a.m. Amtrak train. After Hunt, 50, learned Tuesday night about the derailment of Amtrak Train 188 at Frankford Junction, he tried to take a bus Wednesday morning, but tickets were sold out. On Wednesday, he worked from home via Skype on his computer to videoconference with a fellow teacher and class of 20 students. "I was up on the big screen, and talking with the students," said the director of the graduate design program at Parsons as he waited in line for an 8:15 a.m. Megabus on Thursday in University City.
NEWS
May 15, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
"Canceled" was the operative word at the Trenton Transit Center at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Amtrak to Harrisburg, CANCELED. Amtrak to Boston, CANCELED SEPTA to Philadelphia, CANCELED. Commuters at the Trenton station had their schedules disrupted by the suspension of service to and from Philadelphia, but were stoic about the inconvenience. John Di Paolo, 45, said he was sitting on a train at Newark Penn Station Tuesday night when service was canceled because of the derailment.
NEWS
May 15, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
The lawyers milled about a second-floor Center City bar, passing out fliers and plugging their last names and ballot numbers. "Think 42, like Jackie Robinson," said Philadelphia Common Pleas Court candidate Jodi Lobel. Anthony Kyriakakis, whose name lines the bottom of the judicial ballot with Lobel's, pushes the "We need good judges, and that's the bottom line" refrain. At a meet-and-greet for judicial candidates Tuesday, more than 30 people running for office swarmed the much smaller group of noncandidates with quick pitches and friendly reminders of who they are. With 15 vacancies - 12 on the Court of Common Pleas and three on Municipal Court - 52 names are on the ballot, a high in recent history.
NEWS
May 12, 2015 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
After 32 years, the party is over for Dance Celebration, the popular series of dance concerts presented at West Philadelphia's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The series and name will be retired as of Monday. The decision arose from the diverging artistic visions of co-presenters Dance Affiliates and the Annenberg Center, said F. Randolph Swartz, artistic director of Dance Affiliates, and Michael J. Rose, managing director of the Annenberg. But there is a happy result: Each organization will go ahead with its own series as Dance Affiliates moves to Center City.
REAL_ESTATE
May 11, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three siblings from the Lawncrest neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia all bought their first homes in the last year - an anecdotal sign that the first-time buyer's market might be recovering since the financial crisis. Jillian, Bridget and Richard Slavin - all three of them millennials, born in 1983, 1985, and 1987, respectively - purchased houses that reflect the different styles and paths their generation is taking. Jillian Slavin bought a house in Lower Bucks County in May 2014.
REAL_ESTATE
May 11, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
It didn't matter when Philadelphia's median home price was $59,000. Back in 1990, the children of longtime owners of rowhouses in the river wards and West Philadelphia walked away from those properties when the last parent passed away. The houses weren't worth the taxes, and no one was interested in them except those who broke the locks and stripped the insides of copper and anything else they thought was worth a buck. Some neighborhoods didn't even have real-estate agents. If someone's son or daughter needed a house and a neighbor had died, the transaction was done off the grid but recorded with the city.
NEWS
May 11, 2015 | Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
When it comes to insuring a healthy future for arts and culture in Philadelphia, does it really matter who becomes the next mayor? The answer is important because, like a prospector who discovers a gold mine then watches others pull riches from it, the Philadelphia arts and culture community has been looking around and wondering when its turn will come. Center City is a boomtown, its vibrant street life and desirable real estate in large part a consequence of arts pioneers taking a chance on new facilities and expanded missions more than two decades ago. Yet even as the city's riches have grown, support for arts and culture groups has not kept pace.
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