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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.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Target Corp. plans to open a third store in Center City - this time in the Art Museum area - as part of the company's aggressive strategy to expand into urban markets with smaller stores offering a wide variety of goods. The Target Philadelphia Art Museum store at 2001 Pennsylvania Ave. is scheduled to open in October 2017, according to the company, which confirmed its plans for the first time Friday. At 38,376 square feet, it will have one level and will take over the space now occupied by a Whole Foods market across from the back of the Barnes Foundation.
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
April 28, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police on Tuesday announced the arrest of a 49-year-old North Philadelphia man in three burglaries. Kemico Washington, of the 900 block of Poplar Street, is accused of burglarizing three apartment or office buildings at 301 Race Street, in Old City; 1216 Arch St. in Center City; and 1234 Hamilton St. in North Philadelphia in March and April, police said. Items taken included a Dell laptop and a Canon camera, which were recovered by detectives, police said. On Monday, officers from the Ninth District, headquartered in Franklintown, saw Washington and noted that he fit the description of the man suspected of committing the burglaries, police said.
NEWS
April 25, 2016
The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts is celebrating its street fair Saturday on Broad Street in Center City - between Chestnut and South Streets. The free block party started at 11 a.m. and lasts until 7 p.m. It features dozens of performances, rides, a zip line, food and an enormous waterfall - in the center of Broad Street. The event serves as the culmination of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts' festival, which started April 8 and showcased various local and international performances and installations in various locations in the city.
NEWS
April 25, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A memorial service for a bicyclist who died after he was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle in West Philadelphia a week ago will be next Saturday in his hometown of Warwick, N.Y., his family said. Jamal Morris, 27, an avid cyclist and a Drexel University graduate, was riding his bright red Chainboard bicycle near 45th and Market Streets about 3:45 a.m. April 16 when he was struck by a vehicle. Morris, who suffered massive head trauma, was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he died two days later.
NEWS
April 21, 2016 | By Mike Newall, Columnist
I have been writing this column for more than a year now, and if there has been a unifying theme, it has been reminding people that there is another Philadelphia that doesn't pop up on the best-of lists. That while Center City is imbued with an ever-growing measure of cultural cachet and enjoying a newfound position of prominence, and while more and more of our neighborhoods are filled with promise and potential, there are still entire swaths of this city where living is simply an act of survival.
NEWS
April 21, 2016
ISSUE | DEVELOPMENT Blatstein's towering blunder I concur with Inga Saffron's assessment of Bart Blatstein's development proposal for the site at Broad Street and Washington Avenue ("Green light likely for hated high-rise," Friday). In Philadelphia, retail anywhere other than at street level is doomed. I have lived in Center City for 39 years and have seen: NewMarket, which was situated behind street-front buildings on Second Street, fail to match the more authentic experience of front-and-center retail on nearby South Street; Double-decker retail in the 900 block of South Street fail and be replaced by a successful, street-level Whole Foods.
NEWS
April 20, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
After deliberating late into the night Monday, a Montgomery Common Pleas Court jury returned a mixed verdict in the trial of an Uber driver charged with raping a woman who had hired him last year to take her from Center City to Montgomery County. The jury announced shortly before 11 p.m., 61/2 hours after it had begun its work, that it had found Abdellah Elkaddi, 47, not guilty of raping the 24-year-old woman, and not guilty of aggravated indecent assault while a victim is unaware of what is happening.
NEWS
April 18, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Lillian Ciarrochi, 85, of Philadelphia, a feminist who campaigned to improve the lives of women both here and nationwide, died Wednesday, April 13, of an aneurysm at her Center City home. Eleanor Smeal, the former president of the National Organization for Women, called Ms. Ciarrochi "a real jewel, a lover of action, a fighter, a strong friend, and an indefatigable feminist who worked constantly for women's rights. " "She did whatever needed to be done and never looked at any clocks.
NEWS
April 18, 2016 | By Clark DeLeon
It wasn't until this past week that I began to make some personal sense out of the opening lines of T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland : April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. In the first few days of Philadelphia's April the lilacs blossomed blue and victorious with Villanova's thrilling national college basketball championship followed by a parade and celebration in Center City.
NEWS
April 16, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
Democratic committee members in Center City's Eighth Ward are being asked to sign declarations that they were "not offered anything of pecuniary value" to select State Sen. Larry Farnese as their leader. The reason: FBI agents are asking questions. The apparent cause of the investigation? Farnese spent $6,000 from his campaign account five months before the 2011 ward election to pay for a committeewoman's daughter's college semester abroad. Three people connected to the ward election confirmed that they had been questioned by FBI agents.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
When a Broadway production gets slammed by the critics, it closes. When a Philadelphia megaproject is rejected by city planners and residents, the developer simply moves on to the Zoning Board. So far, every group that has examined Bart Blatstein's proposal for a gargantuan, mixed-use development at Broad and Washington has concluded the design is a disaster in the making. City planners hate the way the parking podium consumes the entire block. Neighbors complain the slablike tower will wall off their part of South Philadelphia.
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