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July 20, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
Even SEPTA employees know they won't be able to easily get into and out of Center City amid the throngs when Pope Francis visits on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27. So what's a transit agency to do? Order 200 cots and portable showers for company headquarters on Market Street, to be used from Friday to Monday. "We will actually be sleeping in our offices," said SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams. Special papal visit transit passes go on sale online Monday for the hundreds of thousands of SEPTA and PATCO riders expected to pour into the city during the papal visit - including many people who must work that weekend.
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.
NEWS
June 18, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
To cope with the unprecedented crowds anticipated for Pope Francis' visit in September, SEPTA plans to double its rail and subway capacity, limit train stops, and carry only Regional Rail passengers who purchased special passes in advance. Officials of SEPTA, Amtrak, PATCO, and other agencies joined Mayor Nutter at City Hall on Tuesday to outline transportation plans for the papal visit and the World Meeting of Families. As many as two million people are expected to jam the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to see the pope at a Saturday festival and again at a Sunday Mass on Sept.
NEWS
July 11, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter confirmed Thursday that parts of Philadelphia will be fenced in for security during the visit by Pope Francis in September, but dismissed speculation that the whole of Center City will be behind chain links. "Whoever is saying that somehow all of Center City is going to be shut down has no idea what they're talking about," Nutter said at a news briefing at City Hall following a trip to Mexico. "There's never been any discussion with me where the idea of all of Center City being enclosed, encapsulated, shut down, has ever been discussed," he said.
NEWS
July 8, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Federal officials and organizers said Monday that they are discussing the possible construction of a fence as high as 8 feet around parts of Center City as security for Pope Francis' visit in September, but that talks are still preliminary. A source involved in the event planning said portions of Center City would be surrounded by fencing, but that the footprint of the security perimeter is being worked out and is largely contingent on the pope's Philadelphia itinerary, which could change in the next three months.
BUSINESS
July 17, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Finishing its exit from the former Rohm & Haas Co. headquarters on Independence Mall, Dow Chemical told about 350 employees there Wednesday that they would be relocated to a suburban corporate center in Collegeville by mid-2016. The move is part of a several-step realignment of Dow facilities in the Philadelphia region that combines researchers at the former Rohm & Haas Spring House facility in Montgomery County and the business staff in Center City in leased space at the underused Pfizer pharmaceuticals complex.
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.
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NEWS
July 28, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fourteen years after then-Mayor John F. Street launched his signature effort to eliminate blight in Philadelphia, the city has yet to spend the last of the funds set aside for the legacy project. About $38 million remains of the $296 million that was raised in 2001 through a bond sale. The money was intended to fund Street's ambitious Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (NTI). Following then-Mayor Ed Rendell's focus on sprucing up Center City and the Avenue of the Arts, Street wanted to have a lasting impact in the city's neighborhoods, especially the blighted ones, by demolishing thousands of vacant buildings and acquiring properties for redevelopment.
NEWS
July 27, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The mural of William Penn stunned Francis Purcell - its meticulous angles creating a three-dimensional effect that seemingly invited people to waltz into the painted archways surrounding Philadelphia's founder. "It was pretty amazing. No two ways about it," said Purcell, who first spotted the creation of renowned muralist Richard Haas on a four-story wall in Center City when he was a Drexel University student in the 1980s. The trickery of Haas' trompe l'oeil style transformed walls worldwide in the years that followed.
REAL_ESTATE
July 26, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Nino Cutrufello and Marcus Toconita, buddies since their Malvern Prep days in the early 1990s, worked for national builders during the housing-boom years. In 2007, they decided to strike out on their own as Callahan Ward Cos. (their mothers' maiden names) and begin building the upscale housing they saw was in demand in the emerging Philadelphia neighborhoods of Northern Liberties and Fishtown. It was August 2007, to be exact - just as the real estate bubble burst. "We timed the market perfectly," Cutrufello, a Havertown native, said recently, laughing.
NEWS
July 25, 2015 | By Zoë Miller, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Mural Arts Program unveiled the second work in its "Open Source" series Thursday, by the French artist JR. The piece is the first in a new series and focuses on immigration, a recurring theme in JR's work. Titled Migrants, Ibrahim, Mingora-Philadelphia , it depicts a Pakistani immigrant who works at a Center City food truck. Mingora is Ibrahim's hometown in Pakistan. The portrait has the young Ibrahim, wearing a striped shirt, looking over his left shoulder as if caught in a candid moment.
NEWS
July 24, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
CASSIE JAMES' husband is getting antsy. He tells her that it's getting late, that they need to get home to their 15-year-old daughter, Danielle. "Go ahead without me," she says. "I'll just take the bus. " "You can't do that, it'll take way too long," he replies. From Center City, the couple is about an hour and some change from their Bala Cynwyd home. James, 60, who was born with spina bifida, doesn't mind the trip. To her, it's a relatively new freedom like so many other things in her life - her marriage, her child, her job, her home.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
The story of the Center City condo market's turnaround stands 43 stories tall at 2101 Market St. That's the address of the Murano, the bluish glass-and-steel high-rise that in June 2009, as the real estate bust choked the life out of sales, was the first locally to resort to an auction. Next month, the last of the Murano's 302 original units will go to settlement - a milestone that local real estate observers consider not only a measure of market strength but a 180-degree turnaround in the perception of the viability of that Market Street West.
NEWS
July 23, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
As his lawyer noted, ironworkers leader Joe Dougherty "did not actively participate" in beating up rival workers with baseball bats outside a King of Prussia Toys R Us or torching a Quaker meetinghouse being built in Chestnut Hill. But for systematically encouraging and rewarding subordinates who committed such crimes, Dougherty deserved and, on Monday, got the longest sentence to come out of the case against his union. "His leadership," said U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson, "led to a lot of damage.
NEWS
July 23, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandywine Realty Trust paid $16.6 million for the 37,000 square feet of property it bought this month on the Center City block that was the site of 2013's deadly building collapse. The purchase price for the land, which makes up most of the southern side of Market Street's 2100 block, was revealed in documents filed with the city that surfaced Tuesday. Brandywine's purchase was the largest of several recent transactions through which property investor Richard Basciano finished selling off his Center City holdings.
BUSINESS
July 20, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
The luxury high-rise rental building 2116 Chestnut, which opened for tenants two years ago, is being sold for about $160 million. Although HFF, the real estate capital broker, acknowledged that it was handling the transaction, a spokeswoman at its Conshohocken office said there would be no announcement until the sale closed, and did not say when that would be. The buyer, sources said, is CBRE Global Investors, which did not respond Friday to...
NEWS
July 20, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
After nearly three decades, Monty Hall knew it was time - time to retire the Cos. His Bill Cosby impersonation. The anchor of his act. The one people really laugh at. The one that made him stand out. The public has no stomach for it. Neither does his wife. Neither does he. Hall, 65, had mostly abandoned the vocal impersonation after the allegations and evidence against Cosby began snowballing, but he had kept the Cosby dance moves. And he had kept his banner. The big blue and orange one his wife, Linda, sewed for him all those years ago, when he left the comedy clubs to perform on the streets.
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