February 20, 2008 |
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.
July 22, 2016 |
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.
August 17, 2015 |
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)
August 1, 2016 |
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.
August 8, 2016 |
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.
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.
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.
May 21, 2010 |
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.
February 9, 1986 |
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.
March 1, 1996 |
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.