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June 29, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis and Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Liberty Bell sat across the street, the symbolic copper-and-tin companion to the stately red brick of Independence Hall. But celebrity chef Michael Schulson wasn't wowed by the historic backdrop. In fact, as he listened to a business pitch imploring him to open a restaurant inside the forbidding concrete walls of the nearby Dow building, he was stunned by something more pedestrian: the lack of pedestrians. "It was dead," said the Sampan and Buddakan New York maestro, recalling that September 2013 evening in the heart of colonial Philadelphia.
BUSINESS
July 15, 2000 | By Henry J. Holcomb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The nation's second-largest medical association broke ground yesterday for a building that will greatly expand its Philadelphia headquarters and brighten an important gateway to Center City. The American College of Physicians needed to expand its headquarters on Independence Mall because of its 1998 merger with a longtime rival, the American Society of Internal Medicine, which was based in Washington. The new building, at Seventh and Race, will add 204,000 square feet to the organization's 117,500-square-foot headquarters.
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | BY DIANA DAVID, Daily News Staff Writer davidd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5914
THE RAIN, ice and lingering snow yesterday did not stop Ulana Mazurkevich. "We are here to show solidarity," Mazurkevich said. With about 20 cohorts, Mazurkevich - president of the Ukrainian Human Rights Committee, a Philly-area group - held a candlelight vigil on Independence Mall in support of rebels in Kiev who have been defying the Ukrainian government. They held signs: "Sanctions; No Going Back to the Gulag!" and "President Obama - Do Not Let Putin Dictate U.S. Foreign Policy.
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June 21, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Standing on Independence Mall on Friday afternoon, Mannwell Glenn doused two Confederate flags with lighter fluid and stood back to watch as the flames licked at the fabric. "If you burn a Confederate flag, to some people, that's painful," he had said earlier to a small cluster of TV news cameras. "But whatever you're feeling about us burning your sacred flag, we feel that about 100 times more when nine people are killed. " The deaths of nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. - killed by a white gunman who reportedly told police he wanted to start a race war - had been weighing on him, he said.
NEWS
June 28, 2015 | By Jessica Parks and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
John Speer rested a rainbow flag - the same one Mayor Nutter ordered Friday to fly at City Hall - on one shoulder. Speer, 72, came out in 1976. Before that, he sneaked into gay bars. "I really didn't think I'd live to see this day," said Speer, one of hundreds who convened on Independence Mall to celebrate a Supreme Court decision declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional right. Nutter, less than an hour after his flight from Italy landed in Philadelphia, read from the Declaration of Independence.
SPORTS
June 4, 2013
The United States Golf Association on Monday announced an event called "The U.S. Open Experience at Independence Mall. " Scheduled to open next Monday at the Independence Visitor Center, the exhibit will feature interactive educational golf exhibits and an official U.S. Open merchandise store. On June 15 and 16, the final two days of the Open at Merion Golf Club, additional exhibits will include live outdoor big-screen coverage of the Open, authentic USGA bleacher seating and simulated playing opportunities.
NEWS
September 20, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THERE'S LIKELY TO be more handcuffs amid the haze of marijuana smoke this weekend, when legalization proponents plan to blaze by the Liberty Bell again. The ninth "Smoke Down Prohibition" is scheduled for Saturday at The People's Plaza at Independence Mall National Historic Park, and recent rallies held there have resulted in several arrests, including one in May when activist Richard Tamaccio, a comedian who uses the stage name NA Poe, was arrested. A recent sentencing memorandum filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office is asking that Tamaccio be forbidden to enter Independence Mall without permission from a probation officer.
NEWS
October 15, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
The video opens with the black-and-white footage of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s stirring clarion call for equal rights at the 1963 March on Washington. It quickly goes full color, and cuts to gruesome close-ups of the bloody remnants of abortions. It is fair to say that what is shown is disturbing. On Friday, the images will be displayed on a 10- by 12-foot screen set high on Independence Mall, the heart of Philadelphia's tourism zone, as the antiabortion group Created Equal brings its high-tech assault on the practice to Philadelphia.
NEWS
August 11, 1996 | By Robert I. Alotta
They're at it again. They have to find new ways to spend taxpayers' money, and make themselves look good. Who are they? The dreamers and planners and designers who want to make-over Independence Mall once again. To borrow from Robert F. Kennedy, they dream of things that never were and ask, "Why not?" The Independence Mall neighborhood never looked as it does now or in any of the proposed plans. We have created a Northern version of Colonial Williamsburg - an amalgamation of ersatz history.
NEWS
July 17, 2014 | By Casey Fabris, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just across from the Liberty Bell, another homage to America's roots opened Tuesday afternoon: a beer garden highlighting the country's own brews. Independence Beer Garden, located on the west side of Independence Mall at the foot of the Dow Chemical building, served its first glass just before 4 p.m. Michael Schulson, a 41-year-old chef who also owns Philadelphia's Sampan restaurant, always wanted to open a beer garden. Now, after a few hiccups that delayed the opening, he finally has. With 20 American beers on tap, the "garden" is big - approximately 22,000 square feet.
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June 29, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis and Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Liberty Bell sat across the street, the symbolic copper-and-tin companion to the stately red brick of Independence Hall. But celebrity chef Michael Schulson wasn't wowed by the historic backdrop. In fact, as he listened to a business pitch imploring him to open a restaurant inside the forbidding concrete walls of the nearby Dow building, he was stunned by something more pedestrian: the lack of pedestrians. "It was dead," said the Sampan and Buddakan New York maestro, recalling that September 2013 evening in the heart of colonial Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 28, 2015 | By Jessica Parks and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
John Speer rested a rainbow flag - the same one Mayor Nutter ordered Friday to fly at City Hall - on one shoulder. Speer, 72, came out in 1976. Before that, he sneaked into gay bars. "I really didn't think I'd live to see this day," said Speer, one of hundreds who convened on Independence Mall to celebrate a Supreme Court decision declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional right. Nutter, less than an hour after his flight from Italy landed in Philadelphia, read from the Declaration of Independence.
NEWS
June 21, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Standing on Independence Mall on Friday afternoon, Mannwell Glenn doused two Confederate flags with lighter fluid and stood back to watch as the flames licked at the fabric. "If you burn a Confederate flag, to some people, that's painful," he had said earlier to a small cluster of TV news cameras. "But whatever you're feeling about us burning your sacred flag, we feel that about 100 times more when nine people are killed. " The deaths of nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. - killed by a white gunman who reportedly told police he wanted to start a race war - had been weighing on him, he said.
NEWS
June 20, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
The plan for a $325 million remake of the sagging Gallery mall sailed through City Council on Thursday, and the package of enabling legislation was quickly signed by Mayor Nutter. Now all they have to do is build it. "This is, quite honestly, a once-in-a-generation investment in the city of Philadelphia," Nutter said, adding that the project would help "restore Market East as Philadelphia's Main Street. " Demolition is expected to start in August, with the mall closing in two phases.
NEWS
June 9, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Long wallowing in deterioration and neglect, Philadelphia's East Market neighborhood is on the verge of becoming a lively bridge between City Hall and Independence Mall. Though grateful for the corridor's upward momentum, the city should not be so desperate as to accept whatever is offered by developers who also stand to benefit from the transformation. Plans to refurbish the dowdy Gallery mall are vague so far, though the developers, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust and California-based Macerich, promise a better flow of foot traffic between the street and shops, as well as more glass and other architectural flourishes.
NEWS
May 9, 2015 | Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
T. Milton Street Sr. had blown off an early-morning mayoral forum at Independence Mall and could not care less. The perennial political striver strode through a North Philadelphia supermarket in blue jeans a few hours later, unapologetic about being a no-show to talk tourism. He had never played by the conventional political rule book. At 76, he wasn't about to. Progress Plaza was home turf, in a neighborhood near Temple University, where, four decades earlier, he had begun his transformation from farmer's son to radical activist and larger-than-life public persona.
NEWS
April 20, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Maria Panaritis, and Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writers
Before he decided to reinvent the grim Gallery at Market East as a fashion outlet, Joseph Coradino considered converting it into a standard, suburban-style mall. The CEO of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust also thought about making it into a giant restaurant-and-entertainment venue, or even a full-price high-fashion mall. But none seemed right for a Market East corridor that had grown decrepit, but now bloomed with new money, construction, and hope. Coradino combined elements of all three to create a vision for the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia, a $575 million development whose unveiling last week ended years of speculation about the future of the property.
NEWS
April 18, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Turns out there's a truck tunnel beneath the Gallery at Market East. It's been there since the structure was built in the 1970s - a huge, hidden space defined by loading docks and trash bins, used as a means to deliver merchandise, food, and supplies when the mall was in its heyday. "It actually is pretty cool," said Brian Abernathy, executive director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. "Like a subterranean cavern. " The question of who controls it and who may use it in the future stood among a half-dozen complex matters considered and resolved Thursday, as the authority took the first official step toward placing control of the rundown mall into the hands of a developer who plans a complete remake.
NEWS
March 17, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
With a host of new apartments and retail stores planned for the Market Street East area, the dumpy stretch between City Hall and Independence Mall may be on the verge of becoming Philadelphia's next great neighborhood. But there's still a huge question mark hanging over the future of the Gallery mall, that dull fortress where stores are shutting down to make way for a redesign whose details have yet to be revealed. The Gallery, after faltering for years, recently was listed among the nation's   "dead " malls.
NEWS
March 6, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
THE ELECTION is 20 months away, but retired Navy Admiral Joe Sestak is already clocking miles. Sestak, a former Delaware County Democratic congressman who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2010, kicked off his 2016 Senate campaign yesterday vowing to close the "trust deficit" between middle-class Pennsylvanians and the politicians they send to Washington. Wearing his trademark bomber jacket and a pair of vintage Reeboks worthy of their own mix tape, Sestak took the stage at Independence Mall as the Proclaimers' 1988 hit "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"
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