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July 26, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Steve Bohnel, and Vibha Kannan, STAFF WRITERS
THOUSANDS OF environmental activists and Bernie Sanders loyalists jammed the sweltering streets of Center City in separate marches Sunday on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. Both demonstrations were peaceful amid a huge police and fire department presence, with throngs refreshing at cooling stations and sprinklers spraying mists of water from fire hydrants. At one point, protesters thanked and waved to police and fire personnel. Sanders crowds, already angry over WikiLeaks' posting of 19,000 DNC emails that suggest Democratic officials favored Hillary Clinton over Sanders during the nominating contests, erupted in joy upon hearing that DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz would step down after the convention.
NEWS
July 25, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
It won't be like when the pope came to town. Sure, there are protests planned, cracks in some SEPTA trains, and any number of presidential motorcades whizzing through Philadelphia. But all in all, officials say, getting around the region during this week's Democratic National Convention shouldn't be too difficult. Shuttle buses, subways, and Ubers will move guests at the convention, and all of it should only mildly inconvenience people who couldn't care less that the donkeys are in town, organizers say. They plan to close streets only around the stadiums and keep highways open to passenger autos.
NEWS
July 25, 2016
If you haven't been in Philadelphia for a while and are just hitting town this weekend for the Democratic National Convention, you may be in for something of a shock on your cab or Uber ride into Center City. Yes, the ugly tangle of steel tubes and white-smoke-belching stacks of the refinery are still around, but in 2016, you may be too distracted by the cranes and skyward push of Comcast's newest skyscraper to notice that much. Take that hard right up the bank of the Schuylkill, and you'll see a medical center that looks like a Walt Disneyesque city of the future, and a lush new park on your left, a stream of urban hikers and bikers on the nifty river boardwalk to your right.
NEWS
July 25, 2016 | By Joseph Jaafari, Staff Writer
As temperatures surged into the upper 90s on Saturday and the swelter meter hit unbearable, Philadelphians - families, couples, and friends - took to Center City's fountains for relief. It's a scene likely to be repeated for days to come, with the intense heat expected to last through the week. "It's a great way to watch the kids playing," said Kareema Hall, 43, of Center City, who was sitting at the Fountains at Logan Square with another Center City resident, Vernon Battle, 50. About a dozen children splashed in the geysers shooting from the ground.
NEWS
July 25, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
In a repurposed dance studio in South Philadelphia a little more than a mile from the site of the Democratic National Convention, Cheri Honkala opened an enormous day planner stuffed with folders and fliers and festooned with Post-its. For longtime activists like Honkala, it was crunch time. Two weeks to go before Democratic delegates descend on Philadelphia for a glittering week of parties and speeches and formal nominations. Two weeks before Honkala and tens of thousands of other protesters would take to the streets to protest the whole rigmarole.
REAL_ESTATE
July 25, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
In the space tagged either "The Build" or "The Art of the Deal" in this section, I try to strike a balance between market-rate and affordable-housing developments in the city and the suburbs. I find the projects that are rising in the "edge" neighborhoods the most interesting ones. Because I have been writing about real estate here since 1989, I have seen these neighborhoods in various stages of decline and development. Although you might have issues with some of the ramifications of development, it's safe to say that most of us prefer it to continued decline.
NEWS
July 24, 2016
Some of the other protest leaders organizing at the Democratic National Convention: Erika Almiron , executive director of Juntos, is the 39-year-old daughter of Paraguayan immigrants. Almiron expects a few hundred people to march Monday at 10 a.m. from Ninth and Federal Streets to City Hall, where the group will demand the closure of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-operated Berks Family Residential Center Detention Center. The group will also unveil a mobile mural showcasing local and international immigrant-rights leaders.
NEWS
July 23, 2016
A 50-year-old Philadelphia man was charged Thursday for the violent robbery of a Center City restaurant earlier this year, federal prosecutors said. During the May 15 heist at the Tavern on Broad, James Parker repeatedly pistol-whipped an employee before forcing him to open the business' safe and making off with about $8,000. Parker was charged with robbery that interferes with interstate commerce, and using a firearm during a crime of violence. If convicted, he faces life in prison.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
Airbnb, the online marketplace where people can share their homes as short-term rentals, said demand for housing accommodations was "spiking" during both the Republican and Democratic conventions. In Cleveland, 1,900 visitors are staying at Airbnb listings this week, nearly four times more than other weeks. In the Philadelphia area, more than 5,200 people will stay in Airbnb homes, rooms, and apartments during the Democratic National Convention, about 2½ times more than usual in July.
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.
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