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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.
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
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.
NEWS
March 9, 2010 | By James Osborne INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 115-car cargo train derailed in Center City last night, with five cars leaving the tracks near 23d and Race Streets. Battalion Fire Chief Mike Kane said there were no injuries and there was no evidence of leakage from any of the five cars. The derailed cars did not tip over. Nearby apartment buildings were not evacuated. The derailment occurred about 10 p.m. Fire and hazardous-materials crews were on the scene and waited for a representative from CSX, the operator of the freight train, but departed by 11:30 p.m. Train traffic on the line was shut down.
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NEWS
June 22, 2016 | By Lauren Feiner, Staff Writer
Water, sunlight, and construction nails have been showering the plants at one of Center City's most popular community gardens. Among the blooming flowers, tomatoes, and herbs is the occasional two–by–four sticking out of a plot of soil. So far, the nails and other construction detritus has resulted in closures, meetings, special committees, and input from a lawyer. On Monday, after another meeting, a solution was reached. It involves a task force. The problem began when Dranoff Properties and contractor Intech began construction of One Riverside, a 22-story residential tower at 210 S. 25th St. The Schuylkill River Park Community Garden is its immediate neighbor to the south.
NEWS
June 22, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
Doubling down on Philadelphia's high-profile support for immigrants and refugees, Mayor Kenney on Monday pushed back against national candidates who "use immigration as a political football. " "I'm not going to allow anyone, Donald Trump or anyone," to impugn immigrants and refugees, he said. "Philadelphia is going to be a sanctuary for people who need protection. " Kenney's remarks were part of a City Hall reception for World Refugee Day, an international observance held annually on June 20, now in its 15th year.
BUSINESS
June 19, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Average asking rents for Center City office space are projected to hit a record $28.80 per square foot during the three months ending June 30, according to real estate services firm CBRE. Much of the increase, up from $27.80 during the first three months of the year, comes from high rates being sought for remaining space in the FMC Tower, Ian Anderson, a CBRE research director in Philadelphia, said in a report Friday. But it still likely points to a lasting trend, he said. Rents for just the higher-end Class A office space in Center City, meanwhile, are projected to rise to $31.01 during the three months ending June 30, up from $29.86 in the previous period.
NEWS
June 18, 2016 | By Janet Haas
The city's bold policy move to solidify a revenue source to invest in our young children and our neighborhoods creates exciting new opportunities for Philadelphia. This new funding will launch an effort to guarantee all children in the city access to a high-quality early education and strengthen their start in life. It will also jumpstart the Rebuild initiative to revitalize parks, libraries, and recreation centers so that Philadelphians have safe and engaging places to learn, play, and come together.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
No one, least of all those battle-hardened skeptics known as Philadelphians, believed City Council had the stomach to pass Mayor Kenney's tax on sugary drinks. America's powerful soda lobby has knocked the fizz out of 45 similar proposals since 2008. Yet Council showed its mettle Thursday by approving the nation's second, and highest, levy on sweetened drinks. So, how about taking on a really sacred cow? The 10-year property-tax abatement. The current version of the abatement was introduced in 2000 - a generation ago in the life of the city - as a Hail Mary effort to stanch Philadelphia's population exodus.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania has some questions about how the city will handle protesters during the Democratic National Convention. Will protesters without a permit be arrested? Will the city really forbid marches on Broad Street? And what happens if thousands try to stay overnight in FDR Park? Less than two months out from the convention, the organization sent a letter to Mayor Kenney on Wednesday seeking answers on how protesters will be treated. The city responded the same day. "This is about clarity," said Mary Catherine Roper, the organizations's deputy legal director.
NEWS
June 14, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
Two people were killed and two critically wounded during separate shootings in Philadelphia Saturday night, according to police. In addition, police said, two women were stabbed early Sunday on a Center City street. The violence began around 10:17 p.m., police said, when officers in the Wissinoming section found an unidentified man shot dead in the front seat of a 2007 Nissan Altima parked but still running at Devereaux and Ditman Streets. Another man, 42, was found around the corner on the 4600 block of Devereaux with gunshot wounds to his back, shoulder, and chest, police said.
NEWS
June 13, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITER
About 100 Peco Energy customers in Center City will remain without service overnight due to underground repair work, a spokeswoman for the utility said. Smoke was visible shortly before 8:30 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of South 12th and Locust Streets. A piece of equipment connected to an underground cable had overheated, said Peco spokeswoman Liz Williamson. There was no danger to people in the area, she said. Repairs would continue through the night, with no specifics on when power would be restored, Williamson said.
REAL_ESTATE
June 13, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Once you decide on a location, the next step in your search for housing is determining whether to rent or buy. If you decide to buy, the next question is what. A growing number of Americans are choosing condominiums, especially in urban areas. Nationally, annual purchases of condos accounted for 12 percent of total home sales over the last three years, according to data from the National Association of Realtors. In the city of Philadelphia, condos accounted for 5.6 percent of total sales, according to data provided by Kevin Gillen, chief economist for Meyers Research and senior research fellow at Drexel University's Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation.
NEWS
June 12, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
A 29-year-old Elmwood man was arrested Friday for allegedly slashing a woman's face on Thursday afternoon along the Schuylkill River Trail. Isiah Cheeseboro of the 2600 block of South Daggett Street was charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, and related offenses in the random attack, police said. In light of the attack, an organizer of the Schuylkill River Trail Watch said the group would go "into hyperspeed" to get on the trail by the week of June 20. "A huge part of the watch is, how can we advocate for equal opportunity for women to feel safe on this trail too," said Jon Lyons, leader of the running group Run215.
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