CollectionsCenter City
IN THE NEWS

Center City

FEATURED ARTICLES
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.
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.
NEWS
August 17, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Thursday, 4,500 people dressed in white, having paid for the privilege of lugging their own tables, chairs, and picnic dinners, will gather at an as-yet-undisclosed location in Philadelphia, then ceremoniously wave their napkins and share a meal. It's the fourth annual Diner en Blanc, Philadelphia - a radical act of public dining that has been polarizing in a city where the preferred alfresco meal is still a cheesesteak. Yet, 30,000 people have joined a wait-list (those who previously attended or were invited get first dibs)
BUSINESS
August 1, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
With millennials invading Center City and national retailers chasing them, the Philadelphia downtown shopping scene is undergoing a radical transformation. Brokers say they almost can't close deals fast enough with demand for prime retail space high and supply limited. The continued influx of millennials and the steady growth in health care and higher-education institutions are expected to drive the Center City retail market for years. "There's been a seismic shift in the commercial real estate market in Center City over the past few years," said broker Chris Shenian of the Shenian Co. at 1518 Walnut St. "The ground is literally shifting under our feet.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Little Roxborough - 40,000 in population and 5.5 square miles in size - took a victory lap last month. The announcement July 7 that it was selected for one of four "flexible format" Target stores within the city limits blew up social media - 300 shares on Facebook and about 50,000 views of the online post, said James Calamia, executive director of the Roxborough Development Corp. (RDC). "It's incredible so many folks have moved into this area," he said. "They have their own set of needs and wants, and it's not exactly the right products and services to match those needs.
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.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
August 20, 2016
When it comes to attracting upscale retail in the region, it was clear King of Prussia had an advantage over Center City. But as of Thursday, we can say - in the fight for luring top fashion brands here - the mall has been victorious. King of Prussia unveiled its gleaming, 155,000-square-foot expansion Thursday morning that looked more like New York's Fifth Avenue than the wing of an indoor suburban mall. With brands like Carolina Herrera, MCM, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Bottega Veneta, and Diane von Furstenberg - my New York Fashion Week designer favorite opening its first location in Pennsylvania here - it's a high-end shopper's dream.
NEWS
August 19, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, STAFF WRITER
Taxpayers dished out $8.2 million to pay for Pope Francis' historic visit here nearly a year ago. It turns out that Mayor Kenney thinks the price tag was too high. In May, the administration sent a request to the World Meeting of Families seeking an additional $4 million to cover preparation and cleanup costs that were exempt from the contract signed under Mayor Michael A. Nutter's administration. "Since approximately $4 million of those costs would not have ever been incurred by city departments had the event not occurred, the Kenney administration requested to be reimbursed an additional $4 million," city spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said.
NEWS
August 17, 2016
An unidentified body was pulled from the Schuylkill in Center City on Monday evening, police said. A police marine unit recovered the body just after 6:20 p.m. on the east side of the river near Chestnut Street, police said. The body is believed to be a male, but age and race were unknown. The cause of death is pending an autopsy, police said. - Robert Moran
NEWS
August 17, 2016
A 78-year-old woman died after being hit by a vehicle Monday afternoon in Center City, police said. The woman was struck at the intersection of 15th and Locust Streets shortly before 2:30 p.m. She was taken by medics to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 2:57 p.m. The vehicle remained at the scene and the driver was not arrested, police said. The accident remains under investigation. - Robert Moran  
NEWS
August 17, 2016 | $util.encode.html($!item.byline), $util.encode.html($!item.bycredit)
Seven passengers reported injuries after a SEPTA bus collided with an automobile Monday night in the city's Nicetown section, an agency spokesman said. The accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. on Germantown Avenue at Juniata Street, said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. It was not immediately clear how many passengers on the bus - Route 23 heading toward Center City - were taken to hospitals. None of the injuries were life-threatening, Busch said. The cause of the accident was under investigation.
REAL_ESTATE
August 15, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
It had been more than 19 years since I took a boat ride on the Schuylkill, and this time the accommodations were much better than they were in 1997. The view was different, as well, but I'll get to that in a minute. That May 1997 barge trip from the Market Street bridge to the now-closed Schuylkill Power Plant in Grays Ferry was brief, but the point was that both sides of the river were untapped resources that needed to be tapped. There wasn't much going on then. In fact, the east bank was, in the words of one longtime resident, "a wasteland.
NEWS
August 12, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Edward T. Gay Jr., 60, of Center City, lead broker in the firm of George Gay Real Estate Inc., died Thursday, Aug. 4, of respiratory failure at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Known to friends as "Ted," Mr. Gay was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Willow Grove. He graduated from Upper Moreland High School in 1974 and the University of Pittsburgh in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in economics and political science. From age 16, he was employed in the business founded by his grandfather in 1923 - first as a gofer and later as the broker in charge of others in the office at 2029 Walnut St. in Center City.
NEWS
August 11, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Memorial services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 7, for Alice Jean Clark, 79, of Center City, a retired college professor and tour guide, who died of lymphoma Tuesday, July 26, at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Dr. Clark earned bachelor and master of arts degrees and a doctorate in English literature from Temple University. She taught English at Temple for 10 years before joining the faculty at what is now Delaware Valley University in Doylestown in 1981. "Alice brought a touch of class that all of us needed," said James Miller, an emeritus professor of biology at Delaware Valley.
NEWS
August 8, 2016
I'm still kvelling more than a week later about how good Philadelphia looked during the Democratic National Convention. Municipal authorities were well-prepared and city workers went above and beyond. I was nervous as delegates arrived and protesters began marching through Center City on July 24 - what felt like the hottest day of the year at the start of a week that promised to keep getting hotter. By 2 p.m., Philadelphia cops were clustered in groups of four or six under insufficient tree shade near the high-fenced perimeter of the protest zone around FDR Park.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Little Roxborough - 40,000 in population and 5.5 square miles in size - took a victory lap last month. The announcement July 7 that it was selected for one of four "flexible format" Target stores within the city limits blew up social media - 300 shares on Facebook and about 50,000 views of the online post, said James Calamia, executive director of the Roxborough Development Corp. (RDC). "It's incredible so many folks have moved into this area," he said. "They have their own set of needs and wants, and it's not exactly the right products and services to match those needs.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
|
|
|
|
|