September 19, 2016 |
'You've got to have one of these," Steven Balin said as he opened the door to Lily of the Valley Cupcakery and Cafe in Glenside. "One of these" was a strawberry shortcake cupcake, a diet-buster unless one is your limit. This particular variety turned out to be Balin's sit-down-and-consume choice of the moment, but he had Lily of the Valley's co-owner, Terence Baldwin, pack up a few more, as well as others in the cupcakery's portfolio of sweet treats. "There are 19 kids in our neighborhood in Center City, and they love them," Balin explained.
September 19, 2016
ISSUE | JEWELERS ROW Money can't replace street's character It is a sad and bitter irony when the owner of properties that he plans to sell for certain demolition praises the buyer's commitment to "preserve Jewelers Row and protect the heritage of our beloved street" ("Toll Bros. project a welcome addition," Thursday). That Orwellian turn of phrase is the opposite of the reality that the proposed 16-story condo tower would result in the destruction, not preservation, of three 19th-century buildings that contribute to the unique charm and historic character of Jewelers Row - not to mention displacing several longtime retailers and trades people who are tenants in the doomed buildings.
September 18, 2016 |
Perhaps the toughest part of winnowing down a Philadelphia-area fall theater best-of list is reading through all the options and finding at least 20 more that could qualify. For example, the list below doesn't include independent shows in the Philly Fringe or First-Person Arts festivals, touring productions, offbeat, site-specific shows from companies that will fly under the radar until the last moment, emerge, and astonish critics with their inventive work. I couldn't add everything, but I did manage to choose a selection of forthcoming shows I'm really excited to see. Of course, your results may vary, and in that case, by all means, check out that other 20. A Runaway, a Soldier, and a Snowball Fight (Sept.
September 14, 2016 |
The candidate was a woman of a certain age in a hard-fought campaign, and when she fainted in public, the pundits - mostly men - were unrelenting. No, not Hillary Clinton. We're talking about Philadelphia's storied "one tough cookie" - Lynne M. Abraham, the former district attorney who fainted under the lights during the first televised mayoral debate in April 2015. "I was watching and saw it and said, 'Hey, the same thing happened to me!' " Abraham said Monday, referring to the TV coverage of Clinton, 68, appearing to collapse as she got into a car at the Sept.
September 13, 2016 |
Gov. Wolf will join Aramark officials to make a "major announcement" Monday, sparking speculation that the global food-services giant has decided on a new Center City headquarters location. Wolf's office said the news conference would be held at 1:30 p.m. at Cira Green on 30th Street, which happens to have a perfect view across the Schuylkill of 2400 Market St., a location the company has been considering. Aramark currently occupies about 365,000 square feet of space in its namesake tower at 1101 Market St. With the lease there expiring in 2018, the company had been weighing the possibility of moving its headquarters - including to another city.
September 13, 2016 |
Here's a sign that Philadelphia's apartment-building buzz may be quieting: A major out-of-town developer has bailed on a big Center City project, citing ballooning construction costs and tapering rent growth. Mack-Cali Realty Corp. said in its most recent earnings call that it had backed out of a deal to build a 300-unit apartment tower at 709 Chestnut St. with local developer Parkway Corp. The Jersey City, N.J.-based company is withdrawing from a Center City residential-development boom that's been gaining steam since the end of the last recession, with rising rents encouraging record investment in new projects.
September 9, 2016 |
The federal government has taken regulatory control of large billboards and digital displays along the Market Street East corridor away from Philadelphia, saying the city had not been responsive to questions about enforcement. In a letter issued last month, the Federal Highway Administration ordered that the city return control of outdoor advertising there to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Outdoor advertising control "for all parts of the city of Philadelphia must immediately be under PennDot's exclusive control," Renee Sigel, the Pennsylvania division administrator for the FHWA, wrote in the letter.
September 5, 2016 |
Richard Washington already spends much of his time at James Logan Elementary School in North Philadelphia. The 43-year-old community organizer helps run youth basketball, chess club, and choir, and he volunteers in the cafeteria, at recess, and as a crossing guard. Now he'll go from part-time volunteer to full-time employee. Logan is one of nine schools selected to adopt a Community School model, and Washington will coordinate its transition. "Logan's kind of a hidden secret.
September 1, 2016 |
Within hours of the June 5, 2013, collapse that crushed a Salvation Army thrift store in Center City, killing six people and injuring 13, Philadelphia architect Plato A. Marinakos Jr. had a lawyer. Marinakos, hired to oversee demolition of a building adjacent to the thrift store at 22nd and Market Streets, was granted immunity from prosecution and became the District Attorney's Office guide and interpreter of events leading to the collapse. He testified before a county grand jury and against the two men criminally charged, convicted, and sentenced to prison for causing the collapse.
August 29, 2016
In-house researchers at the global real estate giant Hines were crunching data on U.S. cities three years ago - incomes, ages, education levels - to decide which markets to invest in. Their top two picks, Manhattan and Chicago's West Loop, were expected. The third, not so much: Philadelphia's Center City. "Were we surprised? Yes, a little bit," said Chuck Watters, Hines' senior managing director for Mid-Atlantic operations. "But when you kind of walk around the streets a little bit and see what's going on, it's less surprising.