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June 27, 2016 | By Clark DeLeon
It took 151 years but an official Juneteenth celebration arrived at Independence Mall with a parade and wreath-laying ceremony last weekend outside the slave quarters of the President's House at Sixth and Market Streets. Juneteenth is the name given to June 19, 1865, when Union Gen. Gordon Granger, backed by 2,000 troops, announced from a balcony of Ashton Villa on Galveston Island, "The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free ... " This was news that day to the assembled former slaves in Galveston, even though Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation 21/2 years earlier, on Jan. 1, 1863.
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July 14, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Hillary Clinton's campaign is planning an event on Independence Mall the day after the Democratic National Convention ends. The Clinton campaign has been granted a public assembly permit for part of Independence National Historical Park on July 29, according to the National Park Service. A list of permits approved for the park during the DNC says the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's campaign has a permit for part of the grounds from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. The convention is slated to take place at the Wells Fargo Center from July 25 to 28. The permit for the former secretary of state's campaign is for the grass lawn near the Liberty Bell, between Chestnut and Market Streets from 5th to 6th. A park service spokesman said the agency had no additional details about the event the campaign is planning.
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.
NEWS
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.
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
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
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.
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July 14, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Hillary Clinton's campaign is planning an event on Independence Mall the day after the Democratic National Convention ends. The Clinton campaign has been granted a public assembly permit for part of Independence National Historical Park on July 29, according to the National Park Service. A list of permits approved for the park during the DNC says the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's campaign has a permit for part of the grounds from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. The convention is slated to take place at the Wells Fargo Center from July 25 to 28. The permit for the former secretary of state's campaign is for the grass lawn near the Liberty Bell, between Chestnut and Market Streets from 5th to 6th. A park service spokesman said the agency had no additional details about the event the campaign is planning.
NEWS
July 5, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
The Philly Pops plucked the reliably resonant strings of patriotism Sunday night. How could it have been otherwise? Using Independence Hall as a heady backdrop, with an estimated 15,000 listeners stretched across the mall, the Pops were back for their annual sound track to Independence Day festivities. Conductor Michael Krajewski presided over a program of Americana very much like the ones of years past. Yet if something was different this time, that something was us. The political realm has become unrecognizable since our last musical gathering at this birthplace of a great idea for a nation, and it was hard to escape the thought that what kind of America you listened for had at least something to do with the America you see us becoming.
NEWS
July 2, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Conshohocken-based Keystone Property Group has paid $114 million for the office building formerly known as Penn Mutual Tower at 510-530 Walnut St. near Independence Mall, the company said in a release. Keystone plans to convert the ground-floor and mezzanine office space of the 880,000-square-foot building - now called One Washington Square - into retail, it said. Keystone is also an owner of the nearby Curtis and Dow Buildings. The company purchased the One Washington Square property from Rubenstein Partners of Philadelphia, which acquired the building in late 2013.
NEWS
June 27, 2016 | By Clark DeLeon
It took 151 years but an official Juneteenth celebration arrived at Independence Mall with a parade and wreath-laying ceremony last weekend outside the slave quarters of the President's House at Sixth and Market Streets. Juneteenth is the name given to June 19, 1865, when Union Gen. Gordon Granger, backed by 2,000 troops, announced from a balcony of Ashton Villa on Galveston Island, "The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free ... " This was news that day to the assembled former slaves in Galveston, even though Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation 21/2 years earlier, on Jan. 1, 1863.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
The Independence Visitor Center plans a $15 million overhaul that will extend the outdoor terrace and enlarge the gift shop as it aims to generate more cash for operations from the city's growing tourist throng. The renovation will be the biggest investment at Independence Mall since the early 2000's, when the center and other buildings were constructed as part of a then-new master plan for the National Park Service site. It comes as the building's operator, the nonprofit Independence Visitor Center Corp., strives to reduce its dependence on the Park Service in an age of recurring federal budget tiffs.
NEWS
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For those in need of a little professional guidance, here's a six-pack of can't-miss events during the Craft Beer Conference. All day Tuesday: Bell's Eccentric Cafe at City Tap House (2 Logan Square). The beer and food menus are the same as those at Bell's popular brewpub in Kalamazoo, Mich. Don't miss Hop Grandslam, a beefed-up version of Bell's Hopslam. 4 p.m. Wednesday: Craft Maltsters Guild Tap Takeover, Fox & Hound, 1501 Spruce St. All the beer - from Jester King, Burial Beer Co., Chimera, Pigeon Hill, and Selinsgrove Brewing - is made with specialty grains from small malt houses.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
MRP Realty is placing a big buy order on Philadelphia's original trading floor, the Bourse building. America's first formal commodities exchange is the main draw in a package of buildings in which the Washington developer acquired a controlling stake Monday. MRP's plans for the 10-story Bourse include higher-end dining and cocktails on the ground floor, with the offices above revamped into what it hopes will be some of the city's most enticing workspaces. The renovations are part of $40 million in improvements to be made to the Bourse and two nearby midcentury office buildings that MRP now possesses in a venture with Philadelphia's Kaiserman Co., the properties' previous sole owner.
NEWS
December 25, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer
With the final paperwork for the Gallery's massive renovation in place, the closing date for the mall's east end is now firm, officials said. Commuters will lose their indoor shortcut by the close of business Jan. 1, said Kevin Feeley, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust. PREIT had previously said the empty east corridor, which is used extensively by rail travelers, would close Oct. 2. Procedural delays in the complicated deal caused the extension, but Feeley said the Jan. 1 date was certain.
NEWS
November 10, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Serafin Natal had trouble walking in Philadelphia's first Veterans Day Parade on Sunday. But he would not stop. The 65-year-old Navy man had beaten renal cancer caused by exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Doctors took a kidney out of him 10 years ago - only for diabetes to come along, knocking some of the feeling out of his feet. But the retired Juniata Park factory worker was on a mission Sunday. His colonial city was making history, if more than two centuries late.
SPORTS
October 28, 2015 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
SO, REALLY, where else did you think ESPN's "College GameDay" pregame show would possibly go Saturday? It pretty much had to be here, with 21st-ranked Temple (7-0) playing No. 9 Notre Dame (6-1) at Lincoln Financial Field on Halloween night in a nationally televised game on ABC. And yesterday, the network finally made it official. The show, which runs from 9 a.m. until noon, will originate from Independence Mall. The only other time the show came to Philadelphia was in November 2002, for Penn-Harvard.
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