April 14, 2015 |
Facing a couple hundred of his employees this month, Drexel University president John A. Fry outlined his latest plan to remodel the campus once named the nation's ugliest. "That East German-like plaza that we have right now is going to be replaced by something that's really wonderful," he said. Fry pointed to an artist's rendering of a renovated campus quad thick with trees and grass and bordered by the LeBow College of Business building, a contemporary glass-and-limestone tower opened two years ago, and the Korman Center, which would get a much-needed face-lift.
March 4, 2015 |
The corner of 15th and Christian Streets is clogged with snow. As the storm intensifies, only a few people keep trudging through the slush. Among them are Martha Tellaz and her children, Alan and Santiago. Bundled tightly, the three seem to materialize out of the storm and enter the building of Mighty Writers South on Christian Street. Mighty Writers, a nonprofit that fosters critical thinking skills and creativity, offers daily afterschool programs, nightly classes, scholarship programs, college preparatory courses, and more, all free to Philadelphia students.
October 25, 2014 |
On its first day open to the shopping public, Century 21's new Philadelphia department store was hopping Thursday with a curious lunchtime crowd of men and women, young millennials with dyed hair, mothers pushing baby strollers and masculine sports fans in Eagles jackets and caps. And the high price tags for some luxury items on offer in the old Strawbridge & Clothier building at 8th and Market Streets didn't seem to scare anyone away. At the Century 21 entrance inside the Gallery mall, Carol Goodlett wandered in to inspect the store's designer sunglasses, jewelry, gloves, perfume, and handbags, like a Dolce & Gabbana gold sequined clutch for $1,998 and a Prada handbag for $1,469.
October 24, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - In an event seen as symbolic of Atlantic City's future, city and state officials, as well as the head of gambling giant Caesars Entertainment Inc., signed the final steel beam Wednesday to top Harrah's new $126 million conference center. Caesars Entertainment chief executive officer Gary Loveman said the project, due for completion in August, reflected his company's continuing commitment to Atlantic City, even as four casinos - including Caesars' own Showboat - have closed, and a fifth teeters on the brink.
September 20, 2014 |
Liberty is not free. It's fragile, and it occasionally needs to be updated. To that end, Old City's National Liberty Museum on Thursday unveiled a new welcome center that bridges the gap between its exhibits and the concepts it promotes. Since 2000, it has been tasked with conveying a lofty ideal - "liberty" - in a historical district flush with museums, national landmarks, and other attractions. Gwen Borowsky, the museum's CEO, said the Welcome to Liberty Gallery would help visitors understand the museum's mission.
June 12, 2014 |
ON AN ICY Christmas night in 1776, George Washington led his troops across the Delaware River to secure America's independence and to fight unfair taxation. Yesterday, Philadelphia 76ers CEO Scott O'Neil flexed the franchise's freedom to find tax breaks, announcing that the team and its employees will cross the river to the Camden waterfront to open a new headquarters and a state-of-the-art, 120,000-square-foot practice center by June 2016, thanks to $82 million in tax credits approved by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority Board.
June 6, 2014 |
The piano had no use. Someone hauled the beat-up piano into a big trash bin parked at a nursing home in Germantown, then took off. The woman had no memory. Sometimes, her son had to remind her to change her clothes or turn off the gas stove after cooking. But when the piano came into the life of the 79-year-old mother, magic happened, not only for her, but for all the seniors at the NewCourtland LIFE Center in North Philadelphia. The story begins two years ago with R. Max Kent.
May 15, 2014 |
The union that represents casino workers in Atlantic City has for years been experimenting with ways to reduce health-care costs for its members while improving results. The latest effort is a primary-care center opened this year in Atlantic City by Unite Here Health, a national labor-management trust fund that provides health benefits to 20,000 Unite Here Local 54 members and dependents. The center, which had its grand opening Tuesday, has three physicians and a nurse-practitioner.
May 8, 2014 |
After more than a decade of pleas, talks, threats, and work stoppages, the Convention Center board on Tuesday unanimously approved work rules supporters say will attract more big shows to the underused, taxpayer-built showplace. The substantially altered rules are meant to make it easier to fill hotels and restaurants with free-spending conventioneers. That is a vision, heretofore unmet, on which a generation of Philadelphia's leaders have bet Center City's economic future. The board's action created a rift - noteworthy in a town that has long considered itself rock-ribbed union - among the six unions that represent the 500 or so workers at the Convention Center on any given day. Four unions have signed on to the altered work rules.
January 16, 2014 |
OLD CITY Citing the growing number of women in the military, officials on Tuesday opened Philadelphia's first center to provide services specifically for women veterans. With some military officials and female veterans on hand, officials cut the ribbon at the Women Veterans Center at the Veterans Multi-Service Center on North Fourth Street in Old City before about 50 people. Women's center coordinator Aronda Smith, an Army veteran who served in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, hailed the new facility as a place of opportunity and support for women vets.