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November 4, 2014
G ARY CARDI, 39, of Wayne, is a partner in Public House Investments (PHI), which provides management services to restaurant/bars in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. He also owns two City Tap Houses, in University City and Logan Square, and Field House and Pennsylvania 6 in Center City. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for PHI? A: That's the management company. Each restaurant is individually owned by me or one of my three partners. The management company supplies managers to all 16 restaurants that each partner owns.
NEWS
November 3, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the generation who grew up on Free to Be ... You and Me , the memories remain vivid. In Toronto, Chana Rothman alternated Free to Be with her parents' Simon & Garfunkel and Carole King. "It felt like it was the voice of a movement, and it felt like the movement could include me. " In Philadelphia, Robin Packel got the album just as she was entering adolescence. "That and my mom's Ms. Magazine - that message of 'Be who you are, and don't be concerned about gender roles' - that was all part of developing my thinking.
REAL_ESTATE
November 2, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Among the topics that keep appearing on my radar screen are Philadelphia's efforts to attract younger, educated people, age 20 to 44. Eleven years ago, as city officials continued to digest 2000 U.S. Census data that showed the fifth population drop since 1950, the Pennsylvania Economy League (now the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia) hosted a discussion of ways to reverse the trend. The keynote speaker, as I recall, was the mayor of Austin, Texas, which had plenty of bright, upwardly mobile young things and could have sent Philadelphia its overflow.
NEWS
November 2, 2014 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
You are in Philadelphia for a few hours. You have an impulse to explore before leaving. You stand on a downtown sidewalk and wonder - what's around the corner that would be perfect for me to see? A marketing study about Philadelphia's historic district has yielded a high-tech answer that could find its way into the smartphones of on-the-fly travelers and send them to Independence Mall. A build-your-own-itinerary app that would serve up results based on a user's passions and available free time is being considered.
NEWS
October 29, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
TO DEPEND or not to Depend, that was the question. I agreed to rappel down a 31-story Center City building on Thursday. And as someone who doesn't even like to fly, there was a lot to consider. Like diapers, in case of a midair accident. And, the 23 mph winds on top of One Logan Square. (At 25 mph, the pros put the rappel on hold. I was perfectly safe, but you try to convince yourself of that when you're up that high.) As if that weren't bad enough, a couple of things became crystal clear while hanging on the side of the building.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The latest plan for Philadelphia's most expensive grassy field - at 1919 Market St. , the gap in Center City's skyscraper row - is to dig it up and build a 29-story, 321-apartment, $140 million glass-walled tower, owner Brandywine Realty Trust said Monday. There have been other plans for towers on the site, before and since Brandywine bought the lot in 2011. But this time the money is committed, and work is to start immediately, Brandywine says. Its new partner is Berwyn-based LCOR CalSTRS , a successor to the former Linpro Co. , which invests for the giant California State Teachers Retirement System . Brandywine previously planned a little more business and a little less housing at the site with partner Independence Blue Cross , whose headquarters is next door.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Liberty Property Trust plans to spend $900 million putting up Comcast 's second tower over the next three years. That works out to about $600 a square foot to build. Last week, the owners of 2.0 University Place, a year-old green-roofed building west of the Drexel campus, put it up for sale at $46 million, or $469 a square foot. That's not quite as much as the Comcast tower - but roughly three times what the city's dominant landlord, Brandywine Realty Trust , was paying for central Philadelphia office towers just a few years back.
NEWS
October 28, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sara "Sally" Berlin, 97, of Center City, a tiny public relations dynamo who pushed to expand and strengthen the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia, died Saturday, Oct. 25, at her home. Born Sara Shaltz, Mrs. Berlin renamed herself Sally. She stood only 4 feet, 10 inches tall, but what she lacked in height she more than made up for with energy and drive, her family said. "Someone called her the ageless dynamo, and she loved that," said son Andy. Mrs. Berlin was credited with encouraging the PAL to expand its reach so it could help more young people.
REAL_ESTATE
October 27, 2014 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
For as long as she can remember, Susan Stapler Davis has loved fabric. Actually, it's in her DNA. When you come of age in the Stapler family, longtime owners of Stapler Fabric at 1222 Walnut St. until it closed in 2007, that sort of predilection is predictable. "I loved the store, and I loved being there. I spent most of my adult years working there in sales and design after the kids were grown," Davis fondly recalls in her cooperative apartment on JFK Boulevard, where lush fabrics are everywhere.
REAL_ESTATE
October 27, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
New construction in Center City is booming, particularly projects by builders of $1 million-plus single-family homes. In fact, developers can barely keep up with demand from empty-nesters, émigrés from the suburbs, upwardly mobile families with children, and One Percenters who want to replicate 5,000-square-foot homes in an urban neighborhood. "People want new construction," said Atrium Group architect Shimi Zakin, who with developer Victor Agiv is building seven $1 million-plus homes on the 100 block of Church Street.
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