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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.
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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.
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
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.
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
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
September 5, 2013 | BY JAD SLEIMAN, Daily News Staff Writer sleimaj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
A PEACEFUL protest of the United States' involvement in the Syria conflict ended up being anything but Friday for an Iraq War veteran and musician who was hauled off Independence Mall by a group of U.S. park rangers. Emily Yates, 30, a banjo-playing California woman, was charged with assaulting a federal officer, disorderly conduct and interfering with agency operations in federal court yesterday and released on $25,000 bond. The touring musician will be allowed to continue on her stops until her court date, which has not yet been set. Court papers allege that Yates ignored police orders to leave an area fenced off by authorities for evidence processing ahead of a pro-marijuana rally.
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BUSINESS
July 17, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Finishing its exit from the former Rohm & Haas Co. headquarters on Independence Mall, Dow Chemical told about 350 employees there Wednesday that they would be relocated to a suburban corporate center in Collegeville by mid-2016. The move is part of a several-step realignment of Dow facilities in the Philadelphia region that combines researchers at the former Rohm & Haas Spring House facility in Montgomery County and the business staff in Center City in leased space at the underused Pfizer pharmaceuticals complex.
NEWS
July 3, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a polite protest, the women wearing dresses and heels, the men in dark suits and ties. But when John James stepped onto Independence Mall on that hot July Fourth in 1965, he had a lot to lose. Being identified as gay - much less taking part in a public protest - could bring jeers, insults, and punches. He could be fired from his job if people knew he was gay. Psychiatrists then classified homosexuality as a mental illness, one that demanded a cure - electric shock therapy, or even lobotomy.
NEWS
July 2, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR & REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
WHEN ARCHBISHOP Charles Chaput visited the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in January, the commissioner of city prisons, Louis Giorla, jokingly told Chaput that the prison would be more than happy to host Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia in September. Yesterday, as Giorla stood outside of Curran-Fromhold's walls in front of a throng of reporters, even he seemed surprised at the punch line to his joke: "It came true!" he said. With the release of the official itinerary for the pope's visit to Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, D.C., yesterday, the public got its first glimpse at what Pope Francis wants to get out of his first visit to the United States of America.
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.
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.
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