June 4, 2016 |
Kit Byrne cuts across Rittenhouse Square's six-acre park every morning as she walks to her job at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. For the last few months, she has looked for signs of progress on her way home. "It reminds me of a painting being created," said Byrne, of Fitler Square. "First the canvas is prepared, then the layers start to accumulate, and you can begin to see what the final idea will be. " In this case, the final idea is a landscape rejuvenation, the last phase of a $1.5 million restoration of the park that also included new irrigation, a fence and fountain renovation, new sidewalks, and the repair or replacement of more than 300 stone balusters.
May 5, 2016 |
IF BACON is the answer, what's the question? I don't mean a comment-thread question like, "How could anyone want to harm these adorable scampering piglets?" I mean in brick-and-mortar kitchens where the question seems to be, "What food goes with everything?" "Dude, just put bacon on it, bacon makes it better," Memphis Taproom owner Brendan Hartranft said, imitating a surfer voice. But with tasty, innovative offerings, the Kensington bar is among those showing that bacon also goes well with compassion.
March 20, 2016 |
In 1996, Toyota fielded the first compact crossover - the RAV4. Twenty years later, it has answered the question - what have you done for us lately? - by building a new all-wheel-drive hybrid RAV4 that qualifies as the highest mileage AWD vehicle you can buy (it has EPA mileage ratings of 34 city and 31 highway, not bad for a two-ton ride). The new hybrid, available only in two upmarket AWD models, arrives in a fourth-generation RAV4 that was redesigned for 2013 and underwent an extensive mid-cycle refresh for 2016.
January 15, 2016 |
The Pfc. Eugene A. Obregon is the latest military ship to arrive at Dry Dock No. 3 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for a routine inspection and repairs. The 50,000-ton Obregon is longer than two football fields and vast enough for military vehicles to drive on and off. It's part of the U.S. military fleet that quickly transports tanks, trucks, humvees, and helicopters - and even ammunition - to troops around the world. Northeast Ship Repair, owner of Philadelphia Ship Repair and a second dock in Boston, won the bid to do the work.
January 14, 2016 |
In an announcement late Monday, the Wilma Theater announced the following big changes: a makeover, a name change, a fund-raising campaign, and the establishment of a permanent company. The theater's "Transformation Fund" has a stated target of $10 million. Main goals include redoing the Wilma lobby to include a cafe and a new second floor, and changes to the theater façade. But they won't be taking down the familiar tall, squiggly, beribboned Wilma neon sign looking out over South Broad Street, inviting visitors to the theater since 1996.
January 8, 2016 |
Transforming the lackluster 175 acres roughly bounded by the Schuykill and Walnut, Spring Garden, and 32d Streets into a new, pedestrian-friendly community with offices, an expanded Drexel University, and housing is not just smart; it is inspired. The plan linking two of the city's most vibrant economic centers, University City and Center City, represents the kind of clear thinking that has been missing from past plans for the 30th Street Station area, among them covering the rail yard with a baseball stadium, convention center, or amusement park.
December 29, 2015
DELAWARE COUNTY Parks to get makeovers UPPER DARBY Three Upper Darby Township parks are to get a makeover, thanks to a $10,000 grant. The parks - Guilford Road Park, Aberdeen Road Park and Michele Park - are all in the southeast section of the township. Funding is to allow for improvements that could include pathways, benches, lighting, plantings, and gazebos. Mayor Thomas N. Micozzie said that open space preservation is a priority because there "are very few opportunities, if any, to purchase or develop new recreational space.
November 15, 2015 |
The Wayne Junction railroad station, straddling the line between Germantown and Nicetown, was once one of Philadelphia's gateways to the larger world. Constructed in 1901 by the Reading Railroad, the station offered service to New York City, Washington, and points west during its heyday and, according to SEPTA, advertised that "more trains stop here than at any other station in the world. " The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad stopped offering passenger service from Wayne Junction to major cities in 1958.
September 12, 2015 |
In two short years, Chip Kelly has remade the Eagles offense, but the most significant turnover has occurred at the wide receiver position. Not even the changes at quarterback can compare because Kelly wasn't saddled with a large contract or a difficult free agency decision. But there aren't many coaches or general managers or whatever you want to call Kelly nowadays - Lord Commander? - who would have parted with Pro Bowl receivers in successive years, especially game-breakers such as DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, who are capable of stretching a defense.
September 12, 2015 |
Chip Kelly shook Tom Coughlin's hand after a Week 17 win over the New York Giants last December and ran off the field through a North Jersey chill accepting an even colder reality: The Eagles finished a respectable 10-6 for the second consecutive season, but they were not good enough. Not good enough to make the postseason. Not good enough to contend for a Super Bowl. Not good enough for Kelly. "Ten and six, not going to the playoffs, is just like being 4-12," Kelly said. He knew right then that the Eagles needed to improve.