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NEWS
December 28, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
On his first full day as mayor, Michael Nutter flung open City Hall's doors to thousands of Philadelphians who waited hours to shake the hand of someone they believed could become one of the city's finest mayors. By many measures, Nutter did not disappoint. After eight years of his leadership, the city has its lowest homicide rate since 1967, its highest credit rating ever from Standard & Poor's, and the rewards of a well-run government. It was frustrating to see Nutter too often choose taxation to stave off the impact of the 2008 recession, but his strategy kept the city on its feet and allowed it to hit its stride, as Center City's energy and prosperity began spilling into nearby neighborhoods.
BUSINESS
December 27, 2015
Business: Investment, management consulting. Where: Center City. Leadership: Karsan's title is grand poobah. Companies: 19 firms in human resources, hospitality, technology, energy, apparel. Typical investment: $500,000 to $1 million from a $30 million pot. What else: Karsan has separate stakes in 50 firms.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2015 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
The merger of Thomas Jefferson University with Philadelphia University will create an academic empire spread over more than 100 acres in Center City and in East Falls. Jefferson sits on 13 acres in the heart of the city; Philadelphia University's rambling ground occupies 105 acres in a leafy patch in the city limits. But the union of the two campuses is about more than real estate, said the two CEOs who brokered the deal. "It's not an infrastructure play, it's an opportunity play," said Philadelphia University president Stephen Spinelli Jr. "The synergies are huge.
BUSINESS
December 24, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
In the battle for city dwellers, big-box retailer Target Corp. plans to open three mini-stores in Center City over the next 22 months. The idea: Bring a slimmed-down Target to the neighborhoods rather than have residents venture out to the suburbs. The company is betting that a vast number of millennials - 18- to 34-year-olds who are driving much of consumer demand these days, along with longtime residents and those returning to the city - will populate its "flexible format" stores, miniversions of a typical Target.
NEWS
December 24, 2015 | By David Gambacorta, STAFF WRITER
HOWARD BAKER spent decades helping people to sort through their most private struggles, to find a path out of the darkness of depression and addiction. In a tragic twist, homicide investigators now are sifting through Baker's private life, trying to piece together the sequence of events that led to the 75-year-old psychiatrist being found dead Monday morning in a Center City hotel. Homicide Capt. James Clark said an employee at the Rodeway Inn discovered Baker's naked body - with a leather belt wrapped around his neck - on the floor, next to the bed of his fifth-floor hotel room.
NEWS
December 21, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Remember when things were simple? Last summer, asked whether the public would have to pay for Pope Francis' visit, Mayor Nutter's spokesman replied succinctly, "The city is not sharing costs. " The Philadelphia Archdiocese's spokesman was straightforward, too, saying the church's World Meeting of Families would be "responsible for bearing the burden of all costs associated with the events. " Lately, though, things have gotten complicated. Last month, the Daily News found Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison addressing the same issue amid a sudden profusion of caveats: "Some people would say, 'Well, World Meeting of Families is going to pay for all costs.' I always said, 'No, they're not,' because it's not fair.
NEWS
December 21, 2015 | By Jake Blumgart
Haddonfield is just the sort of pristine little town that was made for a pre-Christmas shopping binge. Haddonfield has long prided itself on its history - 150 buildings were declared architecturally significant in 1971. "We have history here," the Preservation Society's executive director, Joan Aiken, told the Bulletin in 1980. "We didn't make it up, like Chestnut Hill did. " Amid its colonial housing and quaint side streets sits the admirably pedestrian-friendly downtown shopping district along Kings Highway.
NEWS
December 21, 2015 | Beth Kephart
Beth Kephart is the author of 20 books, including "Love: A Philadelphia Affair," a love letter to the region and its people The day after Thanksgiving, it was just us three - my Salvadoran husband, our out-of-towner son, and me. Two with Latin America in their blood and one with a European mix. We set out for Manayunk, the northwest Philadelphia neighborhood with a Lenape-inspired name that welcomed, as far back as its Industrial Revolution days,...
SPORTS
December 20, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare couldn't get home to France for the holidays, so he did the next best thing: He brought his family to Philadelphia. For the first time in seven years, Bellemare said, his family will be together for Christmas. As part of a Christmas gift, the Flyers' second-year center had six relatives travel from different parts of France to be reunited in his adopted city. "I'm lucky enough to be in the States for Christmas in this unbelievable atmosphere here," said Bellemare, 30, who grew up in Paris.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Target Corp. plans to open a third store in Center City - this time in the Art Museum area - as part of the company's aggressive strategy to expand into urban markets with smaller stores offering a wide variety of goods. The Target Philadelphia Art Museum store at 2001 Pennsylvania Ave. is scheduled to open in October 2017, according to the company, which confirmed its plans for the first time Friday. At 38,376 square feet, it will have one level and will take over the space now occupied by a Whole Foods market across from the back of the Barnes Foundation.
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