May 17, 2013 |
THE RESTAURANTS and merchants of Rittenhouse Row are gathering again on Walnut Street this Saturday, and that means about 50,000 area residents and guests will be joining them for one of Center City's largest street fairs. The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival will close Walnut from Broad to 19th streets (from noon until 5 p.m.) and feature food, fashion, entertainment and fun for children. It's big. It's crowded. It's fun. And this year there's a lot of new stuff. * Dunkin' Donuts will be giving out free iced coffee on the 1400 block of Walnut.
May 23, 2013 |
Hello there In 2008, Wednesdays were CJ's favorite day of the week. He was a medical case manager at Mazzoni Center, a health center for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people - the same place Alison did mental-health assessments for those beginning hormone treatment. Usually, CJ and Alison worked in separate buildings. On Wednesdays, they shared an office. CJ would tell Alison he needed to talk about a client, even when he had the needed info. "It was a convenient way to follow her around, like a little puppy," he admits.
May 1, 2013 |
EYEWITNESS NEWS anchor Susan Barnett is leaving CBS 3 and the CW Philly. Barnett has been at CBS since 2006, anchoring the evening newscasts since 2008. She anchored the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. broadcasts on CBS, and the 10 p.m. broadcast at the CW Philly, along with co-anchor Chris May . Her contract expired in March. "I have decided to not renew my contract with the stations at this time. I am incredibly thankful for having been a part of the CBS Philly family, but I feel that this is the right decision at this time," Barnett said in a statement yesterday.
January 6, 2013 |
Bernice Sherman is giving a visitor a tour of her 29th-floor condominium in Center City, nearly breathless as she tries to fit in every detail. See the baby grand piano in the living room? Neighbors sold it to her when they moved. No, she can't play, but it's a great prop for lying across (suitably attired) while entertaining, she says wryly. Isn't the view fabulous from the balcony? You should see it in the summer, she says, with beautiful flowers in pots, and strips of lights wrapped around the fence.
May 2, 2013 |
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday took a spin around Rittenhouse Square in a test ride of the bike-share program he hopes to bring to Philly. "It's obviously an economical way to get around and also plays into our health initiatives, takes cars off the street and makes the air cleaner as well," Nutter said to a crowd before hopping on a yellow bike. "It's green, it's clean, it's convenient, and we just want to move the city into this new environment. " Mimicking programs in Washington, Denver and other cities, Philly's bike-share program would feature a series of kiosks throughout the city where riders would pay to rent bikes and return them to any other kiosk.
April 8, 2012 |
Jake Blumgart?is a freelance reporter-researcher in Philadelphia One hundred years ago, the United States was a trolley nation. In 1903, more than 30,000 miles of street railway wended their way through America's cities and towns. In the peak year of 1917, America had 72,911 electric streetcars, and total national ridership topped out in 1929 at 15.7 billion trips. But the nation's affections were soon transferred to automobiles, which received extensive subsidies and lavish taxpayer outlays for roads.
May 11, 2013 |
Philadelphia didn't need Bicycling magazine to confirm that it is one of America's best biking cities (No. 17 on its 2012 list). You can see it every day on the streets: The steady stream of commuters sluicing down Center City's bike lanes. The tangle of bikes hitched to U-shaped racks and bike corrals. (More, please.) The proliferation of neighborhood bike shops. Philadelphia probably could have ranked higher in the magazine's esteem if it had a bike-sharing program, like most of the list's top 20 cities.
February 20, 2008 |
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.
May 12, 2013
Independence from Philadelphia's power structure and those who make their fortunes from it is essential for a watchdog with bite. The mission of the city controller, an institutional watchdog, is to keep the public's money from being pocketed by the corrupt or frittered away by the incompetent. The controller has the power to review the spending and management of city departments, stop payments on questionable contracts, and deter bad behavior. The current controller, Alan Butkovitz, is facing activist and repeat rival Brett Mandel and attorney Mark Zecca in the May 21 Democratic primary.
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.