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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
April 11, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
IF CHRISTINA SANKEY had been an angel-faced toddler when she went missing, we might know by now how she wound up dead, half-naked and alone, between two parked cars in West Philly on a frigid winter morning. The city would've been galvanized by her death. Government officials would've promised to find out how she met her tragic end. Someone would've created a sidewalk memorial, and others would've led prayer vigils to honor the life that was lost. But Christina, 37, had the mentality of a 2-year-old, but not the physique.
NEWS
September 14, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two gay men were attacked by a group Thursday night in Center City in what might have been a hate crime and robbery, police said. The victims, ages 27 and 28, were walking in the area of 16th and Chancellor Streets around 10:45 when they were confronted by two males and six or seven females, said Capt. Frank Banford, commanding officer of Central Detectives. Someone in the group asked whether the men were a couple, Banford said. "Yes, do you have a problem?" one of the men replied, Banford said.
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
April 7, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Center City jewelry store worker was pulled into a van by a trio of kidnappers who brutalized and robbed her after she left work Saturday afternoon, police said Sunday. The 53-year-old woman had left the store on the 100 block of South Eighth Street around 4 p.m. and walked to a garage at 733 Chestnut St., where she had parked. She said she noticed a graffiti-smeared, burgundy older model Ford Econoline across from her car. Three men in dark clothes and ski masks jumped out of the cargo van and pulled her inside, police said.
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NEWS
April 11, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter has allowed controversial 3-D animated billboards to come to Center City, after negotiating for modifications to how the displays will be regulated. The five-story installations, dubbed "urban experiential displays" (UEDs), are limited to a portion of Center City. One is to be built outside the Convention Center, another outside the Reading Terminal Market, pending approval from the Art Commission. Councilman Mark Squilla introduced the legislation, which met with resistance from the Center City Residents Association and Scenic Philadelphia, a group advocating for green spaces.
NEWS
April 10, 2015
ISSUE | DIGITAL SIGNS Hazard in plain sight Put aside the fact that the six-story, full-motion video billboards recently approved by City Council were overwhelmingly opposed by the Planning Commission; are grossly out of scale with their surroundings; generate no meaningful revenue for the city; and benefit only their owner/operator, two nonprofits chosen by that owner/operator, and commercial advertisers. There's an even bigger concern, and that's safety. This legislation should be vetoed by the mayor because these signs are inherently dangerous.
NEWS
April 10, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday allowed a controversial bill to bring nearly six-story, 3-D digital advertising as large as 3,500 square feet to Center City to become law without his signature. But he returned the bills to City Council asking that the law be significantly changed. "I understand the concerns of those who have objected to UEDs [Urban Experiential Displays], but also recognize that in certain locations, well-designed displays, compatible with their surroundings, may in fact add to the landscape," Nutter said in a letter to Council President Darrell Clarke and other Council members.
NEWS
April 10, 2015 | Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
No one can say she isn't a good sport. The day after fainting during the first televised Philadelphia mayoral debate, an upbeat Lynne M. Abraham determinedly went about her campaign, refusing to allow even 50 Cent to get in her way. With the rap star's "In da Club" blaring as an intro, the 74-year-old former district attorney good-naturedly endured a request that she, along with the other would-be mayors, dance her way to the candidates' table...
BUSINESS
April 9, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
The continued influx of well-heeled young professionals and suburban empty nesters has pushed household income in Center City and many of its adjacent neighborhoods into six-figure territory. An analysis of census data by Lauren Gilchrist, director of research for JLL in Philadelphia, puts Center City's average household income at $107,000, with some areas - including Society Hill, the waterfront, Rittenhouse Square, and Old City - much higher. By comparison, the average household income of Philadelphia as a whole was just $54,367 for 2009 to 2013, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
NEWS
April 9, 2015 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Saying the Department of Licenses and Inspections has been "an embarrassment" for too long, Sam Katz, a Philadelphia documentary producer and three-time mayoral candidate, released a video and policy paper Tuesday on how to improve the embattled agency. Katz, who has not ruled out running for mayor again this year, contended that L&I's "laxity" has played a part in various calamities in city history, including the Meridian Plaza fire in 1991 and the Center City building collapse in 2013.
NEWS
April 9, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia "condo king" Allan Domb, a candidate in the crowded City Council at-large race, aired a TV ad Tuesday pledging to forgo a salary if elected. Domb is the first - and could be the only - candidate in a Council race to go on TV. He wouldn't say what the ad buy cost but said 150 to 200 commercials would air each week leading up to the May 19 Democratic primary. The first aired Tuesday on Fox29. Federal Communication Commission reports show Domb's campaign is spending $312,325 for the 30-second spots on PHL17, 6ABC, and Fox29 through May 15. In the ad, Domb pledges to donate his $127,000 Council salary to Philadelphia's cash-strapped schools if elected.
NEWS
April 8, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
AN ACT of senseless violence has tarnished Jewelers Row. Vendors in the tight-knit section of Center City were aghast at the news that one of their own, a 53-year-old employee of the National Watch & Diamond Exchange, was kidnapped and brutalized by three bandits Saturday. "It's a shock; it's horrible," said Tony Piloyan, owner of 8th Street Gold and Diamond Buyers, a few doors away from where the victim works, on 8th Street near Chestnut. "She's never without a smile," Piloyan said of the victim, who police said was home last night after being treated at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center for a concussion, eye hematoma and bruises.
NEWS
April 7, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Center City jewelry store worker was pulled into a van by a trio of kidnappers who brutalized and robbed her after she left work Saturday afternoon, police said Sunday. The 53-year-old woman had left the store on the 100 block of South Eighth Street around 4 p.m. and walked to a garage at 733 Chestnut St., where she had parked. She said she noticed a graffiti-smeared, burgundy older model Ford Econoline across from her car. Three men in dark clothes and ski masks jumped out of the cargo van and pulled her inside, police said.
NEWS
April 3, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
In the 22 months since a botched Center City demolition killed six people, the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections, the public's best hope for protection from future collapses, has continued to founder despite Mayor Nutter's promises to the contrary. In a dramatic move after the collapse, Nutter called for inspections of all demolition sites. But according to an audit by City Controller Alan Butkovitz nearly a year later, there was no documentation to prove inspections took place at almost half the 442 demolition sites L&I said it inspected.
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