October 18, 2014 |
'Use native plants or you're going to hell," is how Rick Darke recalls the native-plant message in the 1980s and '90s, when the movement was positioning itself yet again as the morally superior alternative to roses bred in China and "exotics," or nonnatives. Those all-or-nothing voices are still out there, but the narrative may be changing: You will hear less preachy imperative and defensive insistence that indigenous plants can be just as decorative as nonnatives, which are bred to be big-blossomed and colorful.
August 26, 2014 |
Growing up in Camden, Olivia Glenn vividly recalls being enchanted on a childhood visit to Farnham Park in her Parkside neighborhood. It not only changed her view of the world, but also shaped her destiny. She has made it her mission to protect the environment she loves. "It absolutely stuck with me," she said. "It gave me an appreciation for the beauty of nature. " Glenn, 35, returned to Camden this month as the metro regional manager for the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, a nonprofit group that preserves land and other natural resources in the state.
June 12, 2014 |
Eddie Gindi met the family Tuesday. No one who ever pledged to a loved one could have been more solicitous. Executive vice president and co-owner of Century 21, the latest and, arguably, most exotic retailer to commit to Philadelphia, Gindi promised success, devotion, and a boundless future. "We are honored to be part of Philadelphia," he told an enthusiastic crowd at the Union League. "We want to alter the retail landscape here. " And more. "We did not want to open a store and say, 'See you later.' That is not who we are. We want, we need, to be part of the fabric of this community.
March 22, 2014 |
The planned financial split this summer of the Jefferson Health System will result in two organizations close to the same size in terms of revenues, but not in term of profits. Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals Inc. had $1.55 billion in revenues in the year ended June 30, compared with $1.43 billion at Main Line Health Inc., according to data released this week. But Main Line, which owns four acute-care hospitals in Philadelphia's relatively affluent western suburbs, had $157 million in operating profit in fiscal 2013, twice as much as the $74 million reported by Thomas Jefferson.
March 21, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA A record-breaking number of new apartments hit the Center City market in 2013, according to a report released Wednesday, reflecting a national trend as home buying has tightened and rental demand has risen in recent years. The Center City District said more than 1,700 new apartment units were added downtown in 2013 - the largest annual increase since the business-improvement district began tracking construction trends in 1998. The next-highest year, 2006, saw just 800 new apartments, while all other years yielded significantly smaller numbers than that, according to data in a CCD report titled "Housing Resurgence.
January 18, 2014 |
As a chilly rain fell, Roger Winner stepped from his pickup and gloomily scanned the 16 acres of weed-choked fields that he had once nurtured. The land, adjacent to a solar farm in Burlington Township, must be allowed to return to its natural state to protect the habitat of endangered bog turtles under orders issued last year by the state Department of Environmental Protection. Winner had leased that land and a nearby parcel where he grows the high-grade rye that is turned into fluffy white bedding for thoroughbreds at the Parx and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., racetracks.
December 31, 2013 |
FOR THOSE who haven't been paying attention, the Big East is, well, different. Louisville, the defending national champion, is gone. Ditto Connecticut, which won the title in 2011. They're both in the American Athletic, with Temple, after the split with the football schools. Syracuse, which made the Final Four last March, is now in the ACC. As are Pittsburgh and Notre Dame. West Virginia, which got to a Final Four in 2010, already had left for the Big 12 before last season. Cincinnati, which made it to the Sweet 16 2 years ago, is also part of the AAC. So the Big East is no longer the best/deepest.
October 31, 2013 |
IT IS WITH alarming - and depressing - frequency that we read or hear accounts of tragedies perpetrated by people who have been bullied as children. Happily, Marc Zumoff's story has had a much happier outcome. Tonight on Comcast SportsNet, Zumoff kicks off his 20th season as the 76ers' television play-by-play announcer - a run that puts him in the exalted company of such beloved "voices" as Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Gene Hart and Merrill Reese. Oddly enough, his longtime success as a member of a such an exclusive fraternity might be a result of the torment he suffered at the hands of other kids.
October 17, 2013 |
The shifting landscape of American health care - for good or bad, depending on your opinion, status, employer, and particular changes - was evident Tuesday when one of the Philadelphia region's larger private employers, Johnson & Johnson, reported financial results for the third quarter of 2013. The health-care giant had increased sales and profits, but also greatly increased the money set aside to pay pending legal bills, and warned of possible layoffs in a local division because people are postponing elective surgery to repair knees, hips, and backs.
July 11, 2013 |
Laurie Olin says he really meant to retire two years ago. He even had notices sent out to announce he was handing the reins of his Philadelphia-based landscape architecture firm to his partners. But projects kept coming up that he couldn't resist. The grounds of the Barnes Foundation. The Apple campus in Cupertino, Calif. Dilworth Plaza in front of City Hall. So, at 75, Olin is as peripatetic as ever, jetting off to Europe and the West Coast to see clients. On Wednesday, though, he'll take a break from long-haul travels to meet President Obama and receive the National Medal of Arts, in recognition of his lifelong crusade to create tranquil oases that make cities more livable.