August 3, 2016 |
The new Mormon Temple on Logan Square may be the most radical work of architecture built in Philadelphia in a half-century. Clearly, that's not because the gleaming classical tabernacle offers a fresh, 21st-century take on architectural form-making, or because the designers inventively use new materials, or because they stretch the limits of technology. It's radical because it dares to be so out of step with today's design sensibilities and our bottom-line culture. There have been, of course, plenty of classically inspired designs in Philadelphia in recent years, most of them insipid.
July 4, 2016 |
Philly dwellers, like people anywhere, quickly grow accustomed to the rhythms of everyday life. It's easy to forget you are living in the fifth most populous metropolis in the United States, a bustling, unique urban environment that dates back hundreds of years. The best way to reacquaint yourself with the grandeur of the city is to look down on it. But most of us don't live or work in high-rises. We rarely, if ever, get to see the city from one of the post-1985 skyscrapers that were finally allowed to rise above William Penn's hat atop City Hall.
May 15, 2016 |
The PFM Group financial advisory firm is moving its corporate headquarters from Two Logan Square at 18th and Arch Streets to a larger space at the BNY Mellon Center building at 1735 Market St. The move is designed to allow the company to expand and will put staff in a better-configured space with more shared areas, chief executive John Bonow said in a release on Friday. The company will occupy the 42nd and 43rd floors at the BNY Mellon building, owned by Chicago-based Equity Commonwealth.
April 2, 2016 |
Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld has moved its Center City operations from 1700 Market Street to larger offices at Two Logan Square to accommodate increasing demand, the Conshohocken-based law firm said Thursday. The firm relocated at the beginning of March to a 7,800-square-foot space at the new location, for which it has a lease of roughly six years, executive partner Neil Cooper said. Its previous Center City operations occupied 3,700 square feet. The firm opened its satellite at 1700 Market on a temporary basis in 2014 to "test the waters" in Center City, but quickly outgrew the space, Cooper said.
March 13, 2016 |
Among the many things Urban Farmer has become during its brief tenure as the restaurant tenant in the luxe new Logan hotel along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (replacing the Four Seasons), its role as go-to cocktail destination may be its most successful to date. This will be especially true come the warm weather, when some exciting new outdoor spaces - along the Logan Square sidewalk and on a rooftop bar - open with stellar views over the Parkway. Already, with a long list of house cocktails inside making the most of local spirits, seasonal house-crafted mixers, and heavy chunks of ice sawed from a giant block, the craftsmanship and creativity has impressed.
November 13, 2015 |
Vietnamese BYOB StreetSide , a low-key, budget-priced Vietnamese BYOB at 165 W. Girard Ave. (267-737-9165), across from the liquor store in Northern Liberties, joins a small collection of nearby Viet storefront eateries, including SameSame in Northern Liberties and Stock in Fishtown. Co-owner My Huynh, who grew up in South Philadelphia, has 14 seats on the ground floor. There's seating upstairs for a couple dozen more people. The easy-to-decipher, somewhat politically incorrect menu includes vermicelli bowls, fried spring rolls, rice paper rolls, dumplings, banh mi, baked mussels, edamame topped with "Viet crack" (chili salt)
October 28, 2015
ISSUE | LOGAN SQUARE Bottom line: Jobs The Logan Square project is a successful job creator, saving and creating 450 jobs at USM, the lead tenant, that would have left Norristown without the county's investment. Montgomery County Commission Chairman Josh Shapiro's critical letter (Oct. 20) does not tell the full story. The previous county administration, the state, and the borough helped finance this private development, which includes new Class A office space, a new parking garage, and a 10-year lease keeping USM in Norristown and allowing the company to hire more people.
September 30, 2015 |
So how many people were there, anyway? One crowd-safety expert estimated the number of people at the papal Mass on Sunday at no more than 142,000. But his calculations included only the Benjamin Franklin Parkway west of Logan Square, as a photo showing the complete roadway was unavailable. Add in the people standing in the less-crowded area stretching back to City Hall, as well as the untold thousands who did not get through security, and who knows? City officials and the U.S. Secret Service are not making any public estimates for now, though a mysterious figure of 800,000-plus was on the lips of the chattering classes.
July 17, 2015 |
City's Latest Hot Roast Philly's ever-perking cafe scene has produced another gem - this one for Logan Square. Peddler Coffee Alchemy, a Port Richmond-based roaster that made its first public forays last year at the Franklin Flea, has settled a permanent cafe with Third Wave style (exposed brick, pour-overs) into the former Darling's space at 21st and Spring Streets behind the Franklin Institute. Peddler leans toward lighter roasts (no "carbon flavor"), but keeps it accessible. I was especially impressed with this Nicaraguan Santa Candida, which is one of Peddler's workhorse beans, prepared with equal success as espresso, iced and silky smooth off the slow-dripping Kyoto brewer, or simply as a traditional drip-filter.
May 22, 2015 |
The Watermark at Logan Square retirement complex was acquired earlier this month for $65.3 million by a company identified as SNR 21 Logan Square Owner, according to city records. The buyer shares a Texas address with Fortress Investment Group in a related document filed with the city. Watermark Logan Partners sold the property to SNR 21. Fortress spokesman Gordon Runte and Watermark spokeswoman Jill Hofer did not return calls seeking comment. The Watermark has 464 rental apartments and assisted-living units, according to the property's website.