June 22, 2016 |
Water, sunlight, and construction nails have been showering the plants at one of Center City's most popular community gardens. Among the blooming flowers, tomatoes, and herbs is the occasional two–by–four sticking out of a plot of soil. So far, the nails and other construction detritus has resulted in closures, meetings, special committees, and input from a lawyer. On Monday, after another meeting, a solution was reached. It involves a task force. The problem began when Dranoff Properties and contractor Intech began construction of One Riverside, a 22-story residential tower at 210 S. 25th St. The Schuylkill River Park Community Garden is its immediate neighbor to the south.
June 22, 2016 |
Doubling down on Philadelphia's high-profile support for immigrants and refugees, Mayor Kenney on Monday pushed back against national candidates who "use immigration as a political football. " "I'm not going to allow anyone, Donald Trump or anyone," to impugn immigrants and refugees, he said. "Philadelphia is going to be a sanctuary for people who need protection. " Kenney's remarks were part of a City Hall reception for World Refugee Day, an international observance held annually on June 20, now in its 15th year.
June 19, 2016 |
Average asking rents for Center City office space are projected to hit a record $28.80 per square foot during the three months ending June 30, according to real estate services firm CBRE. Much of the increase, up from $27.80 during the first three months of the year, comes from high rates being sought for remaining space in the FMC Tower, Ian Anderson, a CBRE research director in Philadelphia, said in a report Friday. But it still likely points to a lasting trend, he said. Rents for just the higher-end Class A office space in Center City, meanwhile, are projected to rise to $31.01 during the three months ending June 30, up from $29.86 in the previous period.
June 18, 2016 |
The city's bold policy move to solidify a revenue source to invest in our young children and our neighborhoods creates exciting new opportunities for Philadelphia. This new funding will launch an effort to guarantee all children in the city access to a high-quality early education and strengthen their start in life. It will also jumpstart the Rebuild initiative to revitalize parks, libraries, and recreation centers so that Philadelphians have safe and engaging places to learn, play, and come together.
June 18, 2016 |
No one, least of all those battle-hardened skeptics known as Philadelphians, believed City Council had the stomach to pass Mayor Kenney's tax on sugary drinks. America's powerful soda lobby has knocked the fizz out of 45 similar proposals since 2008. Yet Council showed its mettle Thursday by approving the nation's second, and highest, levy on sweetened drinks. So, how about taking on a really sacred cow? The 10-year property-tax abatement. The current version of the abatement was introduced in 2000 - a generation ago in the life of the city - as a Hail Mary effort to stanch Philadelphia's population exodus.
June 17, 2016 |
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania has some questions about how the city will handle protesters during the Democratic National Convention. Will protesters without a permit be arrested? Will the city really forbid marches on Broad Street? And what happens if thousands try to stay overnight in FDR Park? Less than two months out from the convention, the organization sent a letter to Mayor Kenney on Wednesday seeking answers on how protesters will be treated. The city responded the same day. "This is about clarity," said Mary Catherine Roper, the organizations's deputy legal director.
June 14, 2016 |
Two people were killed and two critically wounded during separate shootings in Philadelphia Saturday night, according to police. In addition, police said, two women were stabbed early Sunday on a Center City street. The violence began around 10:17 p.m., police said, when officers in the Wissinoming section found an unidentified man shot dead in the front seat of a 2007 Nissan Altima parked but still running at Devereaux and Ditman Streets. Another man, 42, was found around the corner on the 4600 block of Devereaux with gunshot wounds to his back, shoulder, and chest, police said.
June 13, 2016 |
About 100 Peco Energy customers in Center City will remain without service overnight due to underground repair work, a spokeswoman for the utility said. Smoke was visible shortly before 8:30 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of South 12th and Locust Streets. A piece of equipment connected to an underground cable had overheated, said Peco spokeswoman Liz Williamson. There was no danger to people in the area, she said. Repairs would continue through the night, with no specifics on when power would be restored, Williamson said.
June 13, 2016 |
Once you decide on a location, the next step in your search for housing is determining whether to rent or buy. If you decide to buy, the next question is what. A growing number of Americans are choosing condominiums, especially in urban areas. Nationally, annual purchases of condos accounted for 12 percent of total home sales over the last three years, according to data from the National Association of Realtors. In the city of Philadelphia, condos accounted for 5.6 percent of total sales, according to data provided by Kevin Gillen, chief economist for Meyers Research and senior research fellow at Drexel University's Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation.
June 12, 2016 |
A 29-year-old Elmwood man was arrested Friday for allegedly slashing a woman's face on Thursday afternoon along the Schuylkill River Trail. Isiah Cheeseboro of the 2600 block of South Daggett Street was charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, and related offenses in the random attack, police said. In light of the attack, an organizer of the Schuylkill River Trail Watch said the group would go "into hyperspeed" to get on the trail by the week of June 20. "A huge part of the watch is, how can we advocate for equal opportunity for women to feel safe on this trail too," said Jon Lyons, leader of the running group Run215.