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ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
The east side of Market Street has been getting all the buzz lately, with new residential buildings, a sophisticated mixed-used development at 12th Street, and the renovation of the tired Gallery shopping mall . But the stretch of Market west of City Hall is changing too, just more quietly. West Market is, hands down, Philadelphia's most boring street, a parade of undistinguished office towers where virtually every corner retail space is colonized by a bank branch - as though people still flooded the teller lines to make deposits and withdrawals.
NEWS
November 27, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 24, 2015 | By Joe Brandt, Daily News Staff Writer
In the weeks after Pope Francis blessed their ailing daughter during his visit to Philadelphia, Joe and Kristen Masciantonio probably spent more time in the cancer ward at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia than at Mass at St. Cyril of Jerusalem in Bucks County. But last week, Joe said, scans showed that a troublesome tumor in 1-year-old Gianna's brain shrank significantly after rounds and rounds of surgeries and chemotherapy, to the point where it's "basically gone. " The girl's stunning reversal of fortune - following a dire diagnosis from her doctors - led one family friend to call Gianna's encounter with the pontiff "the Miracle on Market Street.
NEWS
November 24, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
IN THE WEEKS after Pope Francis blessed their ailing daughter during his visit to Philadelphia, Joe and Kristen Masciantonio probably spent more time in the cancer ward at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia than at Mass at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church in Jamison. But last week, Joe said, scans showed that a troublesome tumor in 1-year-old Gianna's brain shrank significantly after rounds and rounds of surgeries and chemotherapy, to the point where it's "basically gone. " The tot's stunning reversal of fortune - which came after a dire diagnosis from her doctors - led one family friend to call Gianna's encounter with the pontiff "the Miracle on Market Street.
NEWS
November 10, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
ROBERT SHEDRICK returned from Vietnam in 1972 shaken and confused. He doesn't like talking about a tour there with the Marines when he lost several of his comrades, or about how he became homeless in 1995, or how he later lost his legs years after drinking water polluted with dry-cleaning fluid and benzene at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. "It was hell in Vietnam," Shedrick, 68, said yesterday across from Independence Hall, where he watched participants arrive at the end of Philly's first Veterans Day parade.
NEWS
November 5, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 3, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Mayor Nutter's request that his inspector general investigate allegations that the Department of Licenses and Inspections isn't properly monitoring demolition sites is unsettling considering how long he took to make that decision. In the 28 months since a wall crashed into the Salvation Army thrift shop at 22nd and Market Streets, leaving six people dead and 13 others injured, it has been as obvious as a wrecking ball that L&I is steeped in dysfunction. It's hard to understand why Nutter waited until he has only about two months left in office to put his toughest investigator on this case.
NEWS
October 31, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The city has allowed ESPN to close a block of Market Street near Independence Mall for more than 48 hours to set up its roving weekly football College GameDay live telecast. ESPN chose Philadelphia because of the interest in undefeated Temple University's game Saturday night against Notre Dame. The sold-out event at Lincoln Financial Field is this weekend's prime-time college football game. Hosting the show 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.
NEWS
October 31, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
It's been more than two years since that terrible June day when a wobbly, three-story wall tumbled onto the roof of a Salvation Army thrift store during a demolition project, killing six people. But the architect who was supervising the job, Plato Marinakos Jr., has never stopped working. Marinakos designed a five-story apartment house on Buttonwood Street last year and has sought zoning variances for other buildings. The website for his firm, Plato Studio , lists four projects for 2015.
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