August 31, 1988
In defending his interest in helping a minority bank get started in Philadelphia, Mayor Goode was right when he said: "There is no conflict in the mayor supporting the concept of a minority bank. " No, there isn't. And you might also say that the idea is a good one. But that's about as far as it goes. The mayor has clearly gone beyond support for a concept or a good idea. He appears to have become quite directly involved in efforts to raise money for a new for-profit business involving people who have contributed to his campaigns.
October 28, 2009 |
The High Line is a Depression-era elevated rail freight line that runs for almost a mile and a half above street-level and along and through buildings in a part of lower Manhattan that once bustled with factories and warehouses. Active for about 50 years, the steel viaduct was abandoned by the 1980s and became an overgrown secret garden for graffiti artists and urban explorers. In the last decade, that heady New York mix of citizens and celebrities came together to raise awareness and cash to save the High Line, which was threatened with demolition.
May 8, 2008 |
Whether you're moving, remodeling or staying put, planning a retirement home is an opportunity to create a personal environment that takes into account your future accessibility, safety and financial needs. And, experts say, there is no reason to forget style. Accessibility concerns - whether because of aging or physical limitations - are part of Valarie Costanzo's practice as a real estate agent for Prudential Fox & Roach in Rittenhouse Square and Haddonfield. Costanzo, 57, began concentrating on the accessibility niche after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis two years ago. She began helping MS Society clients in search of affordable handicapped-modified housing.
February 3, 1988 |
Solomon had it easy: He had only to decide which parent the child belonged to. Solomon wasn't stuck figuring out which mother's egg and which father's sperm should determine parenthood, what womb would nurture the developing infant until birth, or whether the dangers of multiple pregnancies justify selective abortion to improve the odds for remaining fetuses. Today, ethicists puzzle over these concerns, while doctors present the hard choices offered by scientific advances to their patients - people who will have to live lifetimes with the choices they make.
September 22, 2000 |
Volvo's press propaganda for its redesigned Cross Country model, or XC, leaves the distinct impression that the Swedish automaker originated the concept of basing a sport-utility vehicle on a conventional station wagon. "In the truest sense, the Volvo Cross Country is a very Swedish vehicle, as Swedish as the the SUV concept is American," Volvo says. "The XC creation is Swedishness at its finest: a hybrid product that takes two unique concepts - the wagon and the SUV - and combines them into one vehicle that offers flexibility to meet many different tasks.
January 10, 2010 |
From the windows of her fourth-floor office at City Hall, redevelopment director Sandy Forosisky can see the front of 99 Cent Dreams, the 38,000-square-foot value store at the center of what has long been a languishing downtown. Starting in March, that view will change. The Landis Avenue dollar store is slated to be converted into a year-round public market, selling local produce, meat, seafood, specialty items, and prepared food. With it, Forosisky is hoping the city's center will change, too. The $5.62 million project, which Forosisky calls a "mini Reading Terminal," is the foundation for a $59 million city makeover.
March 10, 2014 |
The next big show at the Kimmel Center is going to be one of its most expensive tickets: dinner. The performers? Celebrity Iron Chef Jose Garces and his team. The set? Volvér, a much-awaited jewel box dining room in the Kimmel Center. And not only will its tasting menus instantly become the city's priciest meal, with food alone fluctuating between $150 and $250, it will also become Philly's first restaurant to sell those seats online as a "ticketed experience," prepaid and nonrefundable.
April 7, 2014 |
Neighborhood volunteers first began cultivating the idea of converting the ruins of the Reading Viaduct into Philadelphia's own elevated park more than a decade ago. After years of organizing, raising money, and drafting proposals, their efforts - and those of the politicians and professional planners who joined the cause - finally appear ready to bear fruit. Without fanfare, the city and the state have included millions of dollars in their latest budgets toward the first phase of the project: transforming the quarter-mile railroad "spur" that curves through the city's burgeoning Loft District and dead-ends onto North Broad Street.
July 22, 1990 |
Steve Leber went to the Soviet Union in 1987 in search of rock and roll. He returned with clowns and acrobats. "I never thought any of their rock groups were exciting," said Leber, an entertainment entrepreneur always on the lookout for a new concept to sell. "So I saw what else the Soviets had to offer, and I flipped over the (Moscow) Circus. " Under Leber's direction, the circus is currently on its third U.S. tour in as many years, and today begins its last week of a one-month run at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort.
November 3, 1991 |
Back in the mid-1980s, when Robert Bynum was working in the import-export business, he spent a couple of years in Togo, Africa. The experience was a kind of cultural shock, but not the way you might think. "I noticed there was a lot more happening there at night than here in Philadelphia," Bynum said. "All the hotels had things going on and there were tons and tons of French restaurants. " When Bynum, now 34, got back to the States, he decided he'd try to do something to reshape Philadelphia's nightlife.