October 31, 2015 |
The city has allowed ESPN to close for more than 48 hours a block of Market Street - a major city thoroughfare - near Independence Mall to set up its roving weekly college football GameDay live telecast. ESPN chose Philadelphia for its weekly College GameDay show because undefeated Temple University is playing Notre Dame on Saturday night at sold-out Lincoln Financial Field in this weekend's prime-time college football game. The event offers great exposure for Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter's spokesman Mark McDonald said Thursday night, calling it, "an excellent opportunity to market the city to a national audience.
December 30, 1994 |
You can get a spanking-new, 1995 wardrobe at John Wanamaker on Sunday, but you won't be able to sidle over to Little Sicily on West Passyunk Avenue and munch a slice of Charles Campo's pizza. Or you can warm up in the 2 Street Cafe in the food court at the Gallery, but you won't be able to watch the Mummers from a suite in the Hotel Atop the Bellevue. As economic and social realignments go, it is not nation-shaking (just ask the Mexicans), but moving the Mummers from Broad Street to Market Street, because Broad is under construction, does have its repercussions on Philadelphia businesses.
February 18, 2016 |
PMC Property Group plans to redevelop the former Marketplace Design Center building at 2400 Market St. into a block-wide 22-story office and residential tower, the latest sign that Philadelphia's most aggressive development is shifting west. The company, with real estate investment firm Lubert-Adler, is proposing 450,000 square feet of offices and 350 apartments in a building that uses the former interior design showroom center as its base, PMC executive vice president Jonathan Stavin said Tuesday.
November 27, 2015 |
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney said Wednesday that Streets Commissioner David Perri will head the Department of Licenses and Inspections in his administration. Perri, 57, has been streets commissioner since 2013. He will oversee a beleaguered department that needs an overhaul, as outlined by various reports over the last two years. The agency has had its share of problems over time, but has been on particularly rocky footing since the fatal Market Street building collapse in 2013. "L&I has been a severely badly performing department for quite some time now," Kenney said.
September 3, 2015 |
The east end of the ragged Gallery at Market East will close Oct. 2, executives confirmed Tuesday, commencing a massive two-year renovation that will push thousands of commuters outside. Executives of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), the codeveloper with California-based Macerich Co., formally notified SEPTA and PATCO officials of the shutdown date in a hand-delivered letter. Signs will be posted to redirect rail commuters, who for decades have used the central corridor of the three-block mall as a comfortable indoor shortcut.
May 2, 2016 |
Homesick Philadelphians need not go hungry in the Big Apple. Yes, I'm well aware Manhattan has a few nice places of its own. But, sometimes, a person just needs a little taste of the "215" to keep it real. And NYC has options. Some Really Big Philly Names, in fact, are just about to make more noise in the city, with hummus master Michael Solomonov and another Stephen Starr production set for May openings, plus a new Amada that Jose Garces opened last week. It's too early to know how those projects will fare.
May 20, 2016 |
I'M STARTING to think that Donald Trump is the president we deserve. Seriously. We've spent a lot of time talking about how awful Trump is - no argument here. But can we take a moment to discuss how awful we are to one another? And how Trump, that mean-spirited -ist machine (sexist, racist, misogynist), is really a reflection of us. (Get a mirror, I'll wait.) Trump is us. We are Trump, and that includes those who aren't voting for him. Every day, there is one disturbing story after another about people being awful to one another - and I'm not just talking about Trump supporters' beating or berating protesters.
February 13, 2016 |
Moves to remake the dilapidated Gallery at Market East into a high-end outlet mall are expected to give area property values a lift. Among the beneficiaries of that boost: the developers behind the Gallery's redevelopment effort. As their proposal for the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia was coming together, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) and Macerich Co. were quietly buying up property across the street. The acquisition of three buildings on the 1000 block of Market Street shows the developers' bullishness on the area's resurgence, which the $325 million Gallery project aims to fuel.
December 18, 2014 |
Local real estate firm Arden Group, founded by Craig Spencer, on Tuesday sold the 19-story Center City property 1635 Market Street to New York real estate investment firm Nightingale Properties, for an undisclosed price. Nightingale's CEO, Elie Schwartz, has committed $5 million to renovations, starting immediately. Real estate agents with CBRE in Philadelphia, Kevin Maloney, Mark Adzick, George Cauffman, and Joe Wolff, will market the property. "This is an exciting opportunity for this building.
May 10, 2016
To celebrate the first-year success of Indego, Philadelphia's bike-sharing program, its staff recently donned T-shirts sporting the slogan "Inbudget, Incontrol, Independent, Inshape. " Given the soaring popularity of Indego, which saw riders straddle its distinctive teal bicycles more than 420,000 times last year, the day may come when "In Every Zip Code" will be added to that list. But for that to happen, Indego's scope, ambition - and, yes, funding - will have to grow too. It was evident at Indego's first birthday celebration - which took place on the Race Street Pier, complete with a cake-cutting by Mayor Kenney - that there is substantial demand for a bike-sharing system that reaches deeper into city neighborhoods.