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.
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.
April 16, 2015 |
Everything about the decrepit Gallery at Market East may be about to change. Under an intended top-to-bottom renovation, one of Center City's most notorious dead spots would be reborn as a gleaming glass-and-steel emporium - brimming with brand-name discount fashion shops, destination restaurants, and lively sidewalk cafés. Even the name would be new. Welcome, shoppers, to the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia. Details of the plan were provided exclusively to The Inquirer in advance of a series of meetings by government agencies whose support is vital to the project.
October 14, 2015 |
Developer Scott Mazo is doubling down on the office market at University City's western edge as he moves forward with a second building near the bustling district's far end. This week, Mazo said, demolition will begin at 41st and Market Streets, at the site of a Pep Boys store, on his planned 3.0 University Place project. Groundbreaking for the $70 million office building could come in the spring. The 190,000-square-foot, five-story structure will boast state-of-the-art eco-friendly features such as a skin of photoreactive glass, in hopes of luring tech-savvy tenants to its location, where University City's cluster of high-end offices meets its lower-income neighborhoods.
November 5, 2015 |
Philadelphia office buildings are drawing some of the strongest interest in decades from out-of-town investors, lured by rising demand for Center City space and a dearth of good real estate buys in more established markets. Of the office-floor space that has changed hands this year, a bigger portion has gone to out-of-town entities than at any time since 2007, according to an Inquirer analysis based on data compiled by Colliers International, a commercial real estate services firm.
January 22, 2015 |
Correction: The original version misstated the date Gallery II opened. It was in October 1983. Market East Station (now Jefferson Station) opened in 1984. THE NEWS STAND. Toys "R"Us. Easy Pickins. Taco Bell. One by one, stores and eateries have been closing at the Gallery in recent weeks as the clock ticks down for a major renovation of the nearly 40-year-old Center City mall that stretches along Market Street from 8th to 11th. At the FYE entertainment-media store, signs tell customers to visit the store's Broad and Chestnut location.
August 21, 2013 |
A woman who lost her legs after being buried for nearly 13 hours in the Market Street building collapse filed a lawsuit Monday alleging widespread negligence in the catastrophic June 5 accident. Mariya Plekan, a 52-year-old immigrant from Ukraine, was shopping in the Salvation Army thrift shop at 22d and Market Streets when a wall being demolished in the building next door fell onto the store's roof. Plekan suffered devastating injuries "that led to the removal of her entire lower body," the suit says.
January 29, 2015 |
The American Bible Society will give up its tony Broadway address for one in Philadelphia's historic district. The society, which has had its headquarters in New York City for 199 years and has operations all over the world, will relocate to 401 Market St., steps from Independence Mall. Mayor Nutter will announce the nonprofit's move, which will bring more than 200 jobs to the city, at a news conference Wednesday. The society's primary mission is to engage more people with the Bible.
October 26, 2015 |
It's not news, but women are nearly invisible in architecture. Even though my job primarily involves talking to architects, there are weeks when I don't get to interview a single woman in the field. That's partly because only a quarter of the designers at architecture firms are women. Their membership in the American Institute of Architects - which holds its convention in Philadelphia in May - hovers at a depressing 15 percent. It isn't surprising, then, that the few buildings created by women also fly under the radar.