July 18, 2015 |
It has been 15 years since the Philadelphia Navy Yard was turned into a suburban-style office park. Lured by the promise of free parking and easy highway access, dozens of companies now make their home there, employing some 12,000 people. The development is widely considered an economic success. If your only experience of the Navy Yard has been a fleeting glimpse from I-95, it may come as a surprise to learn that it is also a design success. Not only has the Navy Yard moved beyond the bland office-park model by creating a formal street plan with real sidewalks, but it also is producing some of the best architecture in Philadelphia - better than most of what we're seeing in Center City or University City.
July 13, 2015 |
When computer engineer Jim Nasto started working at the Philadelphia Navy Yard about a decade ago, the 1,200-acre property was a virtual desert of vacant industrial buildings and abandoned parade grounds. Many of those buildings now make up Urban Outfitters' headquarters, while the vast open spaces are being shaped into office parks inhabited by such corporations as GlaxoSmithKline. "I love it," said Nasto, 29, a research contractor for the U.S. Navy, as he tossed a bocce ball in a landscaped park that opened last month.
July 1, 2015 |
Liberty Property Trust is set to break ground Tuesday on a 94,000-square-foot office building at the Navy Yard designed by the architect behind Two World Trade Center, a plan that is among the developer's boldest bets yet on the sprawling business center. The building at 1200 Intrepid Ave., fronting a five-acre park by the designer of the High Line in New York, would contain the most office space that Liberty has started at the South Philadelphia complex without a tenant in place.
June 11, 2015 |
Drexel students closed out this spring's university fashion show season with a group of witty collections that boasted foil-knit sweaters, elaborately draped evening wear, and sportswear inspired by the brown paper bag. The annual, end-of-year presentations were staged Saturday at the Urban Outfitters corporate headquarters in the Navy Yard. The evening's most noteworthy looks included gowns by senior Calla Michaelides and baggy yet femme sportswear - inspired by the arrogant swagger of discontented youth - by sportswear designer Nadhya Sanchez.
June 10, 2015 |
WHEN America's sweetest heart and most mega of chart-toppers hits town this weekend, she won't need to ask for directions. Wyomissing native Taylor Swift spent the greater part of her 25 years a hop and a skip from Philly. As a girl, the future singer-songwriter and her family spent summers down the Shore in Stone Harbor. At age 11, she sang the national anthem at a Sixers game. Later, Swift won multiple Grammys; beat out Beyonce for a bunch of awards (sorry, Kanye )
June 4, 2015 |
One of the world's leading managers of electricity networks on Tuesday agreed to open a research center in partnership with Pennsylvania State University at the Navy Yard, reinforcing its emergence as a smart-energy campus. Alstom Grid, a unit of French industrial giant Alstom, will open the Microgrid Center of Excellence at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. The center will be involved in the deployment of new technologies related to "microgrids," which are localized electrical systems that can operate autonomously from the regional power grid.
June 3, 2015
ISSUE | CAMPAIGNS Votes, not dollars Like many of those who advocate that money equals speech, George Will sees it as a violation of free speech to limit a person's right to introduce as much advocacy money as they want into a political campaign ("Enough reform mischief," May 29). But campaign-reform advocates are not trying to limit free speech; they are merely trying to maintain a separate element of democracy: one person, one vote. Just because someone has the loudest horn in the room does not mean he has a right to drown out all others.
May 29, 2015 |
Investment manager Franklin Square Capital Partners has applied for a $7.5 million grant to build a hotel at Philadelphia's Navy Yard business campus, according to a state report. The property, described as a "luxury boutique hotel," would feature 150 guest rooms, according to the list of applicants to the Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program posted Wednesday on the state's website. No other details, including the prospective hotel's operator and total budget, were disclosed.
May 14, 2015 |
Behind the scenes at the Navy Yard, with its new corporate headquarters and restored 70-year-old buildings, another transformation is taking place that is largely invisible to the public, but that could have far-reaching implications. Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., the agency redeveloping the Navy Yard, is installing a "smart-grid" system on the 1,200-acre campus in South Philadelphia. PIDC envisions constructing an interconnected network of renewable power sources and storage devices in a self-supporting "community" system.
May 1, 2015
THE FIRST TIME I did the Broad Street Run, I did it with a bottle of Red Stripe in my hand. I should mention that, by "did," I mean that I lazily watched from a lawn chair outside the old Daily News building, at Broad and Callowhill, and helpfully shared a swig or two with passing runners. That was about 20 years ago, when I was more likely to moonwalk - like, on the actual moon - than run 10 miles down Broad. It wasn't that I was out of shape (I was); it was that running seemed like a needless expenditure of energy that should be otherwise devoted to napping.