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 |
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.
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.
June 5, 2015 |
A PACKAGE OF legislation required to make the multi-million-dollar renovation of the Gallery mall a reality was passed by a City Council committee yesterday. The entire Council is expected to approve the measures before recessing for the summer on June 18. A supportive Mayor Nutter is also expected to approve the development deal. "I think this is going to provide shopping opportunities that have not existed in this city for a long time," Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger said yesterday.
May 30, 2015 |
The Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust and the Macerich Co. say it will take $325 million in new investment to transform the Gallery at Market East into what they are calling Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia. That is on top of the $250 million already spent by PREIT to assemble what had been privately owned property in the project area, bringing the total development cost to about $575 million. The rest of the area still owned by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority will be conveyed to the developers as part of the revitalization plan being reviewed by City Council.
May 24, 2015 |
Bullet holes mar a shooting range in the basement. One dank room, according to a sign, is a vault for combat weapons. A silhouette of a lone soldier is painted on the stairwell wall. But when a group of West Chester residents enters the National Guard Armory, they see the arching, vaulted ceiling; the hall fit for a stage; the balcony that looks like it was made to be a light booth. They see a theater. "The first time I walked in, I went, 'This is a theater-in-waiting,' " said Tim Blair, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at West Chester University.