August 29, 2016
In-house researchers at the global real estate giant Hines were crunching data on U.S. cities three years ago - incomes, ages, education levels - to decide which markets to invest in. Their top two picks, Manhattan and Chicago's West Loop, were expected. The third, not so much: Philadelphia's Center City. "Were we surprised? Yes, a little bit," said Chuck Watters, Hines' senior managing director for Mid-Atlantic operations. "But when you kind of walk around the streets a little bit and see what's going on, it's less surprising.
August 16, 2016 |
And now, an update from the world of - The election is rigged! They're stealing your vote! Fraud, fraud, everywhere! The election is not rigged. Your vote has not been stolen. The conspiracy theorists who claim these many frauds still can't show us any proof. This, despite claims from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who predicted during a rally in Altoona on Friday that the only way he can lose the vote in Pennsylvania "is if cheating goes on. " There's a problem with Trump's math.
August 3, 2016 |
Steady employment growth over the last several quarters has created a large pool of renters and helped boost the fortunes of the Philadelphia region's apartment market, real estate investment services firm Marcus & Millichap says. The increase in jobs - 60,000 new ones are anticipated by the end of 2016 - has resulted in the formation of 23,700 new households in the region over the last four quarters, the firm's research shows. As a result of this increasing demand for rental apartments, Marcus & Millichap says, developers are accelerating construction and permit activity for multifamily projects.
July 25, 2016 |
At first or even second glance, it's hard to tell there's anything special about Toyota's new Mirai sedan. But the Mirai isn't a typical car. Instead, it's a fuel-cell vehicle, a kind of eco-friendly car that's been talked about for years but is rarely seen on regular roads. That situation may be about to change because the technology has matured and more fueling stations are coming online. I got the opportunity to test-drive a Mirai recently and got a sense of the current state of fuel-cell cars.
July 16, 2016
By Merrill Matthews This month's Democratic convention will be a hotbed of anti-fossil-fuel vitriol. The policy platform, invited speakers, and nominee herself all support a war against oil and natural gas. Gone are the days when Democrats supported nuclear power and natural gas. Gone are the days when they championed the fossil-fuel industry because it supports millions of high-paying, blue-collar jobs. Gone are the days when Democrats seriously pursued an energy-independent United States.
July 8, 2016 |
Backflips off a podium. Piano keys screaming under pounding feet instead of careful fingers. Sombreros and leis adorning heads and necks, and cucumbers zooming in and out of focus on a massive screen. Such was the scene Tuesday at BB&T Pavilion, alive with energy and booming with charisma thanks to a testosterone-fueled lineup of seasoned artists with personalities as magnetic as their music. Panic! at the Disco and Weezer are on the road together this summer, joined by special guest Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.
July 4, 2016
Q: I am hoping you can assist with an issue I had with my car rental for my son's wedding. Last August, I rented a car from Payless Car Rental in Denver. It was movein time for the surrounding colleges, and after waiting in line for almost two hours to rent the car, I was worried about returning the car, since I had a long drive to get back to the airport and a limited amount of time to catch my return flight. So, I decided to prepay for my fuel, at a charge of $35. I also allowed them to talk me into an "upgrade" because I was worried about the cargo space needed for luggage and wedding items.
July 2, 2016 |
At farmers' markets this season, alongside the kale and radishes, there are unaccustomed local offerings. Think tulsi bitters for digestion and relaxation, elderberry syrup for immune support, or raspberry leaf tea for pregnant women. Also new to farmers' market shoppers: disclaimers - that the wares are "not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. " This is an offshoot of the farm-to-table movement: Call it the farm-to-medicine-cabinet movement. It's powered by a new generation of farmer-herbalists like Amanda Midkiff, 26, who last year started Locust Light Farm in New Hope, one of a growing number of farm-based apothecaries in the area.
June 24, 2016 |
Sunoco L.P., the Dallas company that owns the Sunoco retail fuel chain, announced Wednesday it acquired small convenience store networks in upstate New York and in Texas. The company said it paid $76.4 million for 18 convenience stores in New York state from Valentine Stores, Inc. The purchase includes 18 company-operated locations that sell 20 million gallons of fuel annually and one standalone Tim Hortons restaurant. Sunoco also bought the "Rattlers" retail convenience store assets and wholesale fuel business from Kolkhorst Petroleum, Inc. The acquisition, for an undisclosed price, includes 14 company-operated locations and a wholesale fuel supply network in the greater Austin, Houston and Waco, Texas markets, that sells or distributes 46 million gallons of fuel a year.
May 30, 2016
ISSUE | FOSSIL FUELS It's time to clean up our act Fossil fuels must go ("Can fossil fuels be replaced?" Tuesday). They are a detriment to our environment and our economy. It has been widely accepted that climate change is real and will lead to catastrophe in our lifetimes if we do not act soon. Last year was the warmest on record, with 2014 ranking second, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and there's scientific evidence that points to excess carbon and fossil-fuel emissions as a likely cause.