October 3, 2014 |
THE $18 MILLION Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk opens today, so Philadelphians and their leashed dogs can "walk on water" from Locust Street to the South Street Bridge. Bike on water, too. Built out into the river parallel to the east bank, the 2,000-foot boardwalk experience is a heady mix of ducks and trucks, trees and breeze, cityscape and landscape, roadway and waterway, industrial and pastoral, trains and turtles, big sky and big city. Strolling along the city's newest people magnet yesterday, Joseph Syrnick, president/CEO of the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, who has spent eight years guiding the project from drawing board to boardwalk, talked about the romance of the river.
August 18, 2014 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. If a wealthy descendant of the original Swedish settlers had not dug in his heels, this borough on the Jersey side of the Delaware River from Tacony would still be called Texas . But landowner Isaiah Toy considered that name, given to the stretch of Burlington County shoreline by the Camden & Amboy Railroad, "inappropriate" and, the official...
March 29, 2014 |
Philadelphia spent the last decade working out a single, knotty planning problem: How should the old industrial spaces on the Delaware waterfront evolve? The consensus was that vacant land would be developed to resemble the rest of the city, with walkable streets, a mix of uses, and lively ground floors. No one was naive enough to think such projects could be realized without parking garages, but the expectation was that the structures would not dominate the river. It's a shame the conversation was never extended to the city's other riverfront, the Schuylkill, which has come alive since a trail park pushed into Center City.
August 9, 2012
East River Bank is expanding into Old City with the purchase of a branch on North Third Street from Vist Financial, which was acquired last week by Tomkins Financial Corp. The deal is expected to be completed in October, pending regulatory approvals, and will involve the transfer of about $5.5 million in deposits to East River, which now has two branches, in East Falls and Roxborough. At the end of March, East River had $194 million in deposits and $171 million in loans outstanding, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
February 6, 2012
HERE'S WHAT WILL make news in Philly this week: SCHOOLS Supe-search hearing The Philadelphia School District will continue its series of community forums as part of the search for a new superintendent with three meetings this week. The meetings, organized by the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Penn Project for Civic Engagement, are all at 6:30; tonight at West Philadelphia High School, Wednesday at Strawberry Mansion High School and Thursday at Edison High School.
May 6, 2011 |
Mother's Day of late has devolved into a series of Sunday brunches and big bouquets and tithing to Hallmark for the biggest and most monumental card available. Doesn't Mom deserve more than the cliché, though? Anna Jarvis, the Philadelphia woman who was the spirit behind the modern Mother's Day holiday, wanted the occasion to be more than that - with real celebrations and appropriate personal huzzahs - for Mom. Behold, a few things somewhat off-the-Mommy-track for this year: Boat trip to Bartram's John Bartram was America's first celebrity botanist.
September 15, 2004 |
THE ISRAELI-Palestinian dispute has been labeled intractable at present by many authorities. Suicide bombings and retaliation have hardened positions on both sides. The wall and mixed positions on disengagement from Gaza have created new problems. Important changes are needed for a long-term settlement. But that should not stop us from looking for interim approaches designed to help us move forward, both within and outside the box, in the search for an equitable peace. The suggestion that follows is an outside-the-box suggestion.
July 8, 2002 |
When Philadelphia received a $14 million federal grant in 1993 to extend the Kelly Drive recreational trail south along the Schuylkill to Locust Street, the project was seen as more than just an amenity. It was hailed as an economic catalyst that would spur housing construction, attract business and boost property values. But today, the east bank of the Schuylkill is largely the same trash-strewn wasteland it was a decade ago. Homeless people still camp in the undergrowth, and prostitutes conduct a flourishing trade just steps from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Only the intrepid jog and bicycle along the trail, which has been blocked off by a chain-link fence since fire damaged the Waterworks in February.
February 9, 2001 |
In a revised indictment, a Norristown woman was charged in U.S. District Court yesterday with helping to rob an East Pikeland bank by drawing a floor plan of the building and supplying a car used in the robbery. April Knight, 25, of the 500 block of Chain Street, is accused of assisting in the Nov. 24 robbery of the First Union Bank in the Valley Forge Mall, which ended in a shoot-out with police. A nearby elementary school was set on fire as a diversion, authorities said. Knight, who did not participate in the robbery, has not been arrested.
June 23, 1997 |
The nimble feet of students at the Campbell Academy of Dance put on a show of step dancing at the Revel on the River. Dinner, jazz and fireworks rounded out Saturday's gala at the Fairmount Water Works. It was held to raise money for construction of the Schuylkill River Park along the east bank.