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February 26, 2012 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was 1930, the Great Depression. But Americans still had a quarter to go to the movies, and Hollywood studios were building cinema palaces in downtowns across the country. Warner Bros. picked a site at 120 N. High St. in West Chester to show its top-grossing films of the year, The Green Goddess and Song of the Flame. Eight decades later, the Warner Theater is long dead. But the building, with its art deco facade, is at the forefront of West Chester's ambition to mold itself into the downtown destination for the fastest-growing and most affluent county in the Philadelphia region.
NEWS
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
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
February 24, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Even as arctic weather buffets Philadelphia, the city is preparing its bike-share program for an overdue but welcome spring debut. With a modest fleet of about 600 chunky three-speeders - strong enough to take a beating and keep on spinning - the city plans to open some 60 docking stations in Center City and beyond, stretching from Temple University to the Navy Yard and from the Delaware River to 45th Street in West Philadelphia. The stations will be located to take advantage of transit stops, cultural centers, and popular neighborhoods.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
At their quarterly meeting with the boss last week, analysts who cover Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust pressed for details about rebuilding PREIT's Gallery shopping mall in Center City. "Did the Philadelphia City Council consider the public financing for the project in December, or is that still waiting to occur?" asked Banc of America Merrill Lynch Securities analyst Craig Richard Schmidt . "We're navigating the political winds in Philadelphia," PREIT chief executive Joseph Coradino said.
NEWS
February 24, 2015
ISSUE | VACCINATIONS Talk therapy Eliminating the philosophical exemption to immunizations is unlikely to achieve its intended purpose and is fraught with unintended consequences ("Another shot at vaccine law," Feb. 19). As a family physician who serves many patients who have personal objections to some or all immunizations, I can say that these patients are unlikely to be coerced. Although I do not believe that measles immunization causes autism, and I have immunized thousands, there are rare cases of serious reactions to immunizations.
NEWS
February 23, 2015 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Little more than a year after a botched demolition triggered a Center City building collapse that killed six, a demolition company took down nearly half a block of buildings in Philadelphia's Fairmount section without obtaining the required permits, an Inquirer investigation has found. While dismantling five buildings last spring, Ashaw Demolition of Oxford Circle also brought down a house that had been in a family for four generations without informing the owner, the owner contends in court documents.
NEWS
February 22, 2015 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
Have you witnessed something illegal, unethical, or potentially fraudulent where you work? If you rat out corporate bad behavior, you could win millions. Last year, for example, Edward O'Donnell, a former Countrywide Financial executive, won $58 million from parent company Bank of America in a case stemming from the sale of shoddy mortgages. His award was part of a record $435 million the U.S. government paid in whistleblower awards, mostly related to health-care fraud and cases involving banks and mortgage companies.
NEWS
February 20, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Let the petition races begin. Registered voters (and probably any city resident) should expect a knock or two or 10 at their door with campaign volunteers trying to get signatures. Tuesday marked the first day candidates for local elected office can start circulating nominating petitions to be on the May 19 primary ballot. Mayoral and at-large City Council candidates must have at least 1,000 valid signatures filed by March 10. District Council candidates must have at least 750. Lynne Abraham, a mayoral candidate and former district attorney, held a petition kickoff party Tuesday night at Kennedy House, a Center City apartment building.
NEWS
February 20, 2015
THE NEWS about Center City and environs continues to be good. And since 55 percent of all the jobs in Philadelphia are located in the downtown area and University City, what's good for Center City tends to be good for the city generally. A new report from the Center City District confirms that new housing continues to grow steadily. Last year, the CCD said, 1,983 new units were brought to market - of which 442 were single-family homes. The prognosis for continued growth over the next five years looks good, as more younger people move into the city or decide to buy homes.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peco Energy Co. will inspect more than 39,000 utility poles throughout Bucks and Philadelphia Counties this year as part of the company's ongoing preventive maintenance program. Inspections include a visual examination of poles and the attached equipment, taking samples from the interior of poles and excavating around the base to check for decay. Any necessary repairs and replacements would then be performed. Peco maintains 390,000 poles across the region and each is inspected every 10 years.
NEWS
February 19, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The housing boom rolling across central Philadelphia showed no signs of weakening last year, according to data released Tuesday, but a population exodus could be on the near horizon if little is done to fix the city's schools and tax structure. The news was mostly positive out of Center City District's annual housing report, which found that 1,983 new apartments, condos, and houses between Girard and Tasker Avenues, and the Schuylkill and Delaware River hit the market in 2014, thanks to an influx of empty nesters and young professionals, said CCD chief executive Paul Levy.
NEWS
February 19, 2015 | Mensah M. Dean, Daily News Staff Writer
THE REV. Keith Goodman, who on Sunday announced his bid for mayor despite concerns about his eligibility to run, doesn't have a prayer of getting on the ballot, according to a lawyer who practices election law. Goodman, 42, the pastor of North Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church, moved back to the city a month ago after living in Chester since 2003. Previously, he lived in Philadelphia from 1999 to 2003. The city's Home Rule Charter states that "the Mayor shall have been a resident of the City for at least three years preceding his election.
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