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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 29, 2015 | By Robert Moran and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
Part of the roof of a neighboring building fell onto a Center City clothing store Tuesday afternoon, injuring three women, authorities said. A roof parapet and adjoining bricks from a six-story building at 16th and Walnut Streets fell into the Lululemon Athletica store around 3:25 p.m., authorities said. Christine Vamvalis-Haley, 60, was browsing inside the store, which specializes in workout clothing, when she heard "a huge boom. " She turned to one of the store workers and expressed alarm at the noise, and "within seconds" the ceiling collapsed, she said.
NEWS
December 24, 2015 | By David Gambacorta, STAFF WRITER
HOWARD BAKER spent decades helping people to sort through their most private struggles, to find a path out of the darkness of depression and addiction. In a tragic twist, homicide investigators now are sifting through Baker's private life, trying to piece together the sequence of events that led to the 75-year-old psychiatrist being found dead Monday morning in a Center City hotel. Homicide Capt. James Clark said an employee at the Rodeway Inn discovered Baker's naked body - with a leather belt wrapped around his neck - on the floor, next to the bed of his fifth-floor hotel room.
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
May 2, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
FOR A FEW hours yesterday, the ghost of Occupy Philadelphia returned to Center City. A passionate group of activists, some of whom camped out with Occupy two years ago, took up banners, signs and flags at 15th and Market, across from the now-closed Dilworth Plaza, to celebrate the May 1 International Workers Day, a national day of protest. Some wore masks - including one gentleman in a painted Guy Fawkes getup who declined to comment - while others looked as if they had just come from work.
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.
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NEWS
February 5, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia meeting and conference space operator The Hub has been acquired by Convene, which runs similar centers in New York and Washington D.C. The acquisition will allow Convene to help companies plan meetings across the northeastern United States, the New York-headquartered company said in a statement on Wednesday. No financial details were disclosed. The Hub has locations at 30 S. 17th St., Cira Centre and Commerce Square in Center City and at the 100 Four Falls Corporate Center in Conshohocken.
NEWS
February 4, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
Peco Energy Co. says it working to locate and repair an underground electrical fault in Center City that has caused recurring outages for 435 customers during the last two weeks, most recently Monday night. A faulty underground high-voltage cable is suspected to have caused the outages, which affected customers between 15th and Spruce Streets and the 200 block of Juniper Street, said Peco spokesman Ben Armstrong. He said outages have been recorded on four days. Peco's efforts to fix the problem did not address the root cause of the fault.
NEWS
February 4, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
Philadelphia police on Tuesday released video of a Center City shooting last month and asked for the public's help in finding the gunman. About 10:55 p.m. Jan. 21, police were called to 15th and Chestnut Streets for a report of a shooting. There, they found a 31-year-old man lying on the northwest corner with wounds to his back and left arm. The victim was treated at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Police described the gunman in the video as a man 35 to 45 years old, 6 feet tall, with a light beard.
NEWS
February 4, 2016 | Inga Saffron, Architecture Critic
Exactly one year ago, a piece of masonry began to peel away from the top of a six-story building at 16th and Walnut. Bricks rained down in a torrent, crashing through the ceiling of the adjacent Lululemon store and injuring three young women - one of them seriously - who had been shopping for workout clothes. Fortunately, everyone else managed to walk away, shaken but unscathed. Though nowhere as terrible as the fatal tragedy at the Salvation Army store in 2013, the injuries and a subsequent lawsuit might have been expected to put the two properties into a real estate deep freeze.
NEWS
February 3, 2016
The FBI and Philadelphia police were asking for the public's help to identify a man who robbed a PNC Bank branch Monday afternoon in Center City. Just after 2:15 p.m., the suspect, described as a black man in his 50s with a salt-and-pepper beard and wearing a white jeff cap, entered the bank on the 1500 block of Walnut Street and handed a teller a note demanding money, the FBI said. The suspect then fled west on Walnut with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was estimated at 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9, with a medium build.
REAL_ESTATE
February 1, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Center City's walkability and accessible public transit are two major reasons home buyers give for moving there from the suburbs. But how many of those buyers are truly eager to give up their cars? Parking is still important to a home sale or apartment rental in Center City and adjacent neighborhoods, real estate agents and developers say. How important is determined by the price of the home or the monthly rent. "At higher price points - $600,000-plus - that buyer will pay a premium for parking," said Mickey Pascarella, an agent with Keller Williams Real Estate in Center City.
NEWS
February 1, 2016 | By Kristen A. Graham and Julia Terruso, STAFF WRITERS
Mayor Kenney is betting big on the littlest Philadelphians. The mayor who ran on an education platform says he wants to bring pre-kindergarten to "as many children as we can reach" - an ambitious objective that advocates say could be a game-changer for the city and its beleaguered school system. Quality pre-K is more than day care, experts explain - it's an early-learning program focused on a 3- or 4-year-old's emotional, social, and cognitive development. If done right, the science says, it's well worth the investment.
REAL_ESTATE
February 1, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. It was the week before Christmas. You could tell by the way traffic moved through Upper Southampton's shopping areas along Second Street Pike. Unless there were accommodating signals, left turns were not easy to accomplish, as car after car of shoppers jammed the road, also known as Route 232, around lunchtime. "It can be confusing if you aren't a local," says Sharon Ermel Spadaccini, an agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors in New Hope, who sells in the township.
NEWS
February 1, 2016 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
The swiftness with which Councilman Mark Squilla's spectacularly stupid music-venue licensing bill went up in flames last week was a delight to behold. The social-media firestorm that erupted Wednesday over the alarming, Orwellian proposal - which called for venue operators to collect performers' names, numbers, and addresses for the police and which would give the cops final approval of licensing venues - was as effective as it was immediate. By Thursday morning, Squilla, the police, and other city officials involved were backtracking faster than they could moonwalk.
NEWS
January 31, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
City lawyers confirmed this week they signed off on a $191,000 payment two years ago to settle a federal lawsuit brought by a former homicide prosecutor who alleged District Attorney Seth Williams discriminated against her because she was white. The deal came two years after MK Feeney, a 15-year veteran of the office, was fired amid an internal investigation Williams launched to locate the source of leaks to the press about his employees. In her lawsuit, filed in 2013, Feeney, now 49, insisted she had not leaked information about a fellow prosecutor's drug arrests that later appeared in a 2011 Philadelphia Daily News story.
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