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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
September 13, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
Here's a sign that Philadelphia's apartment-building buzz may be quieting: A major out-of-town developer has bailed on a big Center City project, citing ballooning construction costs and tapering rent growth. Mack-Cali Realty Corp. said in its most recent earnings call that it had backed out of a deal to build a 300-unit apartment tower at 709 Chestnut St. with local developer Parkway Corp. The Jersey City, N.J.-based company is withdrawing from a Center City residential-development boom that's been gaining steam since the end of the last recession, with rising rents encouraging record investment in new projects.
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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REAL_ESTATE
September 19, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
'You've got to have one of these," Steven Balin said as he opened the door to Lily of the Valley Cupcakery and Cafe in Glenside. "One of these" was a strawberry shortcake cupcake, a diet-buster unless one is your limit. This particular variety turned out to be Balin's sit-down-and-consume choice of the moment, but he had Lily of the Valley's co-owner, Terence Baldwin, pack up a few more, as well as others in the cupcakery's portfolio of sweet treats. "There are 19 kids in our neighborhood in Center City, and they love them," Balin explained.
NEWS
September 19, 2016
ISSUE | JEWELERS ROW Money can't replace street's character It is a sad and bitter irony when the owner of properties that he plans to sell for certain demolition praises the buyer's commitment to "preserve Jewelers Row and protect the heritage of our beloved street" ("Toll Bros. project a welcome addition," Thursday). That Orwellian turn of phrase is the opposite of the reality that the proposed 16-story condo tower would result in the destruction, not preservation, of three 19th-century buildings that contribute to the unique charm and historic character of Jewelers Row - not to mention displacing several longtime retailers and trades people who are tenants in the doomed buildings.
NEWS
September 18, 2016 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
Perhaps the toughest part of winnowing down a Philadelphia-area fall theater best-of list is reading through all the options and finding at least 20 more that could qualify. For example, the list below doesn't include independent shows in the Philly Fringe or First-Person Arts festivals, touring productions, offbeat, site-specific shows from companies that will fly under the radar until the last moment, emerge, and astonish critics with their inventive work. I couldn't add everything, but I did manage to choose a selection of forthcoming shows I'm really excited to see. Of course, your results may vary, and in that case, by all means, check out that other 20. A Runaway, a Soldier, and a Snowball Fight (Sept.
NEWS
September 14, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The candidate was a woman of a certain age in a hard-fought campaign, and when she fainted in public, the pundits - mostly men - were unrelenting. No, not Hillary Clinton. We're talking about Philadelphia's storied "one tough cookie" - Lynne M. Abraham, the former district attorney who fainted under the lights during the first televised mayoral debate in April 2015. "I was watching and saw it and said, 'Hey, the same thing happened to me!' " Abraham said Monday, referring to the TV coverage of Clinton, 68, appearing to collapse as she got into a car at the Sept.
NEWS
September 13, 2016 | By Marie McCullough, Staff Writer
Gov. Wolf will join Aramark officials to make a "major announcement" Monday, sparking speculation that the global food-services giant has decided on a new Center City headquarters location. Wolf's office said the news conference would be held at 1:30 p.m. at Cira Green on 30th Street, which happens to have a perfect view across the Schuylkill of 2400 Market St., a location the company has been considering. Aramark currently occupies about 365,000 square feet of space in its namesake tower at 1101 Market St. With the lease there expiring in 2018, the company had been weighing the possibility of moving its headquarters - including to another city.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
Here's a sign that Philadelphia's apartment-building buzz may be quieting: A major out-of-town developer has bailed on a big Center City project, citing ballooning construction costs and tapering rent growth. Mack-Cali Realty Corp. said in its most recent earnings call that it had backed out of a deal to build a 300-unit apartment tower at 709 Chestnut St. with local developer Parkway Corp. The Jersey City, N.J.-based company is withdrawing from a Center City residential-development boom that's been gaining steam since the end of the last recession, with rising rents encouraging record investment in new projects.
NEWS
September 9, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
The federal government has taken regulatory control of large billboards and digital displays along the Market Street East corridor away from Philadelphia, saying the city had not been responsive to questions about enforcement. In a letter issued last month, the Federal Highway Administration ordered that the city return control of outdoor advertising there to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Outdoor advertising control "for all parts of the city of Philadelphia must immediately be under PennDot's exclusive control," Renee Sigel, the Pennsylvania division administrator for the FHWA, wrote in the letter.
NEWS
September 5, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, STAFF WRITER jterruso@phillynews.com 215-854-5506 @juliaterruso
Richard Washington already spends much of his time at James Logan Elementary School in North Philadelphia. The 43-year-old community organizer helps run youth basketball, chess club, and choir, and he volunteers in the cafeteria, at recess, and as a crossing guard. Now he'll go from part-time volunteer to full-time employee. Logan is one of nine schools selected to adopt a Community School model, and Washington will coordinate its transition. "Logan's kind of a hidden secret.
NEWS
September 1, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Within hours of the June 5, 2013, collapse that crushed a Salvation Army thrift store in Center City, killing six people and injuring 13, Philadelphia architect Plato A. Marinakos Jr. had a lawyer. Marinakos, hired to oversee demolition of a building adjacent to the thrift store at 22nd and Market Streets, was granted immunity from prosecution and became the District Attorney's Office guide and interpreter of events leading to the collapse. He testified before a county grand jury and against the two men criminally charged, convicted, and sentenced to prison for causing the collapse.
NEWS
August 29, 2016
In-house researchers at the global real estate giant Hines were crunching data on U.S. cities three years ago - incomes, ages, education levels - to decide which markets to invest in. Their top two picks, Manhattan and Chicago's West Loop, were expected. The third, not so much: Philadelphia's Center City. "Were we surprised? Yes, a little bit," said Chuck Watters, Hines' senior managing director for Mid-Atlantic operations. "But when you kind of walk around the streets a little bit and see what's going on, it's less surprising.
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