August 28, 2014 |
PERHAPS, like their mythical namesakes, the Dragons will become the stuff of legends, cited to children in bedtime stories and allegories, but even Cinderella tales have endings and yesterday the Taney Dragons story ended - not with a "happily ever after" but with a home run. From their victory lap around the bases at Citizens Bank Park at last night's Phillies game to a parade through Center City beforehand, the Dragons ended their summer -...
August 28, 2014 |
Standing amid scaffolding and building materials at the AQ Rittenhouse apartment and retail project in Center City on Wednesday, Stephen Pouppirt, president of Clemens Construction Co. Inc., almost couldn't keep count of all the major projects his company is handling this summer. "A lot of projects," he said, "Maybe 20, four major ones, and we have many in the queue. " Pouppirt's contracts, including several in Center City, are part of what is ranking the Philadelphia metropolitan division third nationally in the number of construction jobs added in a year, according to a trade group's analysis of Labor Department numbers.
August 20, 2014 |
To the members of Congregation Rodeph Shalom, the stately Reform synagogue at Broad and Mount Vernon Streets, Lee Stanley was a keeper of history - a beloved, rumpled man who wore a straggly beard and oversize suits, and kept at his enthusiastic recall an unmatched knowledge of the congregation's musical tradition. In his earnest way, fellow congregants say, Stanley could pluck from his mind details most others had long forgotten - or never thought to preserve: the precise date the congregation changed the melody for a particular song or tinkered with the Hebrew phrasing of a prayer.
August 20, 2014 |
LIVING IN a large city doesn't seem to bring thoughts of nature to mind, but nature is on my mind as I lay in bed in the predawn hours, awakened by a chatty bird perched on my windowsill. And my thoughts aren't especially cordial toward nature in general, or this particular bird at this moment. Then the sun bursts through the curtains and paints a brilliant swath across the wall and I give up on the concept of sleep and decide that the bird has the right idea - it's a beautiful morning and I should get out and experience the good side of nature.
August 20, 2014
M ICHAEL PRIFTI, 60, of Wynnewood; Eric Rahe, 56, of Phoenixville; and Michael Ytterberg, 60, of East Falls, are principals in BLT Architects. The second-generation Center City firm works in mixed-use, multifamily, education and hospitality spaces. I spoke with Prifti, who's managing principal. Q: What sets BLT Architects apart from other firms? A: We don't bring preconceived notions to any opportunity. Our higher-education work has informed our hotel work. Similarly, the hotel work is showing up in residential where there's lots of interplay in the amenity space.
August 19, 2014 |
A helicopter began lifting the PNB letters from the top of 1 South Broad St. on Sunday, closing streets and attracting onlookers as it dismantled a familiar part of Philadelphia's skyline. But the job - more difficult than expected because of the fragile condition of the letters - was suspended with nine still to come down. The large, white-and-blue letters must be removed because they are structurally unsound, said Barbara Nate, a spokeswoman for Wells Fargo. As part of its lease at 1 South Broad, Wells Fargo owns and cares for the signs, installed atop the high-rise by Philadelphia National Bank in the 1950s.
August 18, 2014 |
Arthur "Art" Elwood Jr., cofounder of Christian Street Partners with Virgil Procaccino, is an accountant-turned-real estate developer. He and Procaccino have just completed their latest residential project, 501-507 S. 12th St. at Lombard in Center City, former site of the Pain Center, a medical office. After the property's owner was arrested for insurance fraud, Christian Street Partners bought the corner lot and developed it into six homes priced at $1.675 million to $2 million each.
August 17, 2014 |
Standing on her 55-foot-tall sculpture at the tip of a spit of land on the Delaware at Washington Avenue, artist Jody Pinto peered down the river and thought of her father and grandparents arriving at the same spot from Italy nearly a century ago. The sculpture, entitled Land Buoy , a silver spire with a spiral staircase wrapped around it, is the focal point of Washington Avenue Pier, a new park, which opened Friday morning where a million European...
August 16, 2014 |
Hundreds of people gathered Thursday night at LOVE Park for a moment of silence in response to the turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., that followed the shooting death by police of an unarmed black teen. Protests have roiled the Midwestern community since Saturday's fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18. The confrontation between police and protesters intensified Wednesday night, and the police were widely criticized for displaying an intimidating militarized presence and using overly aggressive tactics.
August 14, 2014 |
Temple football coach Matt Rhule said he feels bad for the person who has to sit next to his son this week at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Nine-year-old Bryant Rhule is "out of his mind" about the Taney Dragons, his father said. The Rhules live in Center City, and Bryant Rhule plays for a younger Taney team. He attends the World Series each year with his grandparents, who live in Montoursville. "I wake up at 5:30 every morning and he's up with the app on his phone like, 'Look, Dad, look,' " Rhule said after Tuesday morning's football practice.