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April 24, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
First in an occasional series spotlighting the city's great restaurant neighborhoods. For an interactive map and a complete list of East Passyunk Avenue restaurants, bars, and cafes, go to  philly.com/epunk In the nervous moments just before Paradiso debuted, chef Lynn Rinaldi and her father, Daniel, looked out onto East Passyunk Avenue and waited. A car didn't pass for 20 minutes. "Did you do the right thing here?" he asked his daughter, whom he raised a few blocks away.
NEWS
July 14, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, STAFF WRITER
Feeling the Bern, Ed Higgins incinerated his old life. In the last five months, Higgins, 39, shuttered his Arizona advertising company, broke up with his longtime girlfriend, and dedicated himself to planning a march from Washington to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention. "I'm at the end of my rope, but somehow it feels like exactly where I should be," said Higgins, who is bouncing among friends' houses when not living out of his car. Higgins wars undeterred by Bernie Sanders' endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.
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
July 18, 2016 | By Michael Klein, Staff Writer
With a political convention's wheeling and dealing comes wining and dining. The 50,000 delegates, guests, and media representatives from around the country visiting later this month for the Democratic National Convention must eat. Restaurateurs are counting on all the visitors to shake the city's traditional summer doldrums, with delegates diving into dim sum in Chinatown, politicos gnawing on roast pork on South Street, and reporters slurping oysters...
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
June 27, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, Staff Writer
The leader of a local grassroots pro-Bernie Sanders organization said his group has gotten city permits for four demonstration areas in South Philadelphia's Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park during the Democratic National Convention next month. Billy Taylor, the executive director of Philly.fyi, said he is offering the use of as many as three of the zones to the national Sanders organization. During a news conference in the park Saturday, Taylor, 31, a landscaper and political activist, also invited other organizations and interest groups to apply to Philly.fyi to use its permitted space.
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.
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BUSINESS
July 23, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
Airbnb, the online marketplace where people can share their homes as short-term rentals, said demand for housing accommodations was "spiking" during both the Republican and Democratic conventions. In Cleveland, 1,900 visitors are staying at Airbnb listings this week, nearly four times more than other weeks. In the Philadelphia area, more than 5,200 people will stay in Airbnb homes, rooms, and apartments during the Democratic National Convention, about 2½ times more than usual in July.
NEWS
July 23, 2016
A 50-year-old Philadelphia man was charged Thursday for the violent robbery of a Center City restaurant earlier this year, federal prosecutors said. During the May 15 heist at the Tavern on Broad, James Parker repeatedly pistol-whipped an employee before forcing him to open the business' safe and making off with about $8,000. Parker was charged with robbery that interferes with interstate commerce, and using a firearm during a crime of violence. If convicted, he faces life in prison.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
The first of four smaller, "flexible-format" Target stores opened Wednesday in Center City, marking Target Corp's first foray into a market that's key to its urban push. The opening of Target Express at 1126 Chestnut St. at 7 a.m, attracted the millennial demographic - aged 19 to 34. "We have been extremely busy all day," said manager Alex Defeo, 24, just after 5:30 p.m., as the after-work crowd began filtering in to explore the latest addition to the Washington Square West neighborhood.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, STAFF WRITER
Next week promises to be a really big one for Isabella Cobos of Raleigh, N.C. On Tuesday - the day before she turns 12 - she is having surgery for scoliosis. It's all happening here in Philadelphia. And so is the Democratic National Convention. Good luck finding affordable hotel accommodations, her mother has found. Lots of places say they're booked. Some city hotels had rooms - for $350 to $550 a night. "My husband said, 'We'll rent a minivan, and I'll sleep in the back,'" said Melanie Cobos.
NEWS
July 21, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A ribbon cutting ceremony is set for Tuesday evening to mark the opening of a new Target store at 11th and Chestnut Streets in Center City. The store will have its soft-opening Wednesday and grand opening on Sunday. Mayor Kenney and city Commerce Director Harold Epps are slated to attend the 5:15 p.m. ribbon-cutting. "I am thrilled to have Target moving to 11th and Chestnut Street," Epps said Tuesday in an emailed statement. "This development is another key milestone for this section of the city, which is experiencing significant revitalization after many years of decline.
NEWS
July 18, 2016
Mary Scullion is cofounder and executive director of Project HOME When thousands of politicos, media, and other visitors descend on Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, they will be coming to a city that gave birth to the American vision of a society boldly rooted in freedom, a city with a rich and powerful history of struggle for social transformation and the fulfillment of our national project of liberty and justice for all....
NEWS
July 18, 2016 | By Michael Klein, Staff Writer
With a political convention's wheeling and dealing comes wining and dining. The 50,000 delegates, guests, and media representatives from around the country visiting later this month for the Democratic National Convention must eat. Restaurateurs are counting on all the visitors to shake the city's traditional summer doldrums, with delegates diving into dim sum in Chinatown, politicos gnawing on roast pork on South Street, and reporters slurping oysters...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
A big reason for the boom in fast-casual chains has been the renewed embrace of that old axiom "you are what you eat. " Their salad and stir-fry options are fresher than meals you get at your typical burger joint, with more vegetables and fewer mystery ingredients. It's still fast food, of course, just better for you. Honeygrow , a Philadelphia-bred fast-casual chain that has been planting its all-natural flag up and down the Eastern Seaboard , has taken that healthy lifestyle philosophy in an architectural direction with its new Fishtown headquarters on Front Street.
NEWS
July 16, 2016
Police on Thursday were investigating a threat to bomb the African American Museum in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention here this month. The museum, at Seventh and Arch Streets in Center City, received a threatening letter Thursday and reported it to police. Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan, who oversees homeland security for city police, said detectives were investigating. Museum officials could not be reached for comment. - Robert Moran
NEWS
July 14, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 28-year-old New Jersey man who was part of a duo found with photographic equipment and smoke bombs Monday night on the roof of the Hyatt at the Bellevue hotel in Center City has been charged with criminal mischief and defiant trespass, a police spokesman said Tuesday. Ivan Wong, of Edison, in Middlesex County, signed his summary citation and was released, police said. The female he was with was not charged. Wong and his companion were noticed on top of the roof of the hotel in the 200 block of South Broad Street about 7:20 p.m. Monday and someone called 911. They had been taken into custody for questioning by police.
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