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March 24, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
They came with paint brushes, steel wool, and brawn. But what really got to Robert Sheppard - what made him cry in front of his wife for the first time in almost never - had to be the love. A dozen Samaritans soldiered into Sheppard's Oxford Circle rowhouse Sunday and attacked the shabby abode with fixer-upper resolve. Sheppard and his wife were barely making it in blue-collar retirement; the workers hoped this kindness would help. The 82-year-old Korean War veteran watched the workers and smiled, even while drawing breath from the oxygen tank that has made him feel less and less like the man he once was. He cracked jokes about the Eagles, about the time he ruined his knees by falling two decks on a Navy ship, and how the family never really took vacations and that was all right.
December 20, 2014 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
All anyone had to do was say the word multiplex and the Boyd Theatre's fair-weather friends abandoned the grand dame of Philadelphia movie palaces as if the place was on fire. Demolition of the art deco auditorium was sanctioned by the Historical Commission in March, and within days, wrecking crews were on the scene, supposedly for the Florida chain iPic. Now we know it was all magical thinking. Neil Rodin, the developer who said he was bringing iPic to Philadelphia, never followed through on his much-ballyhooed plan to buy the Boyd from its longtime owner, Live Nation.
June 2, 2014 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
NEW YORK - Of all the glamorous landmark restaurants in this glamour-obsessed town, only Tavern on the Green survives. Windows on the World was vaporized in the 9/11 attacks. The Rainbow Room stilled its revolving dance floor in 2009. So, when it came time for the city to auction a new lease for that storied Central Park institution, it was assumed that Tavern's mantle would naturally pass to one of New York's own. Maybe a bold-faced restaurant titan like the Gramercy Tavern's Danny Meyer.
May 25, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Corbett on Friday signed an executive order lifting a 2010 moratorium on leasing additional state forests for Marcellus Shale natural-gas development, but it prohibits new leasing that would cause additional surface disturbances. The order puts into effect a promise the governor made in February to generate $75 million for state coffers by leasing Department of Conservation and Natural Resources lands adjacent to public and private land already under existing leases that can be developed using horizontal drilling.
February 11, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Has the Gallery's time finally come - again? Thirty-seven years after the Center City mall broke new ground in urban retailing, the Market East shopping center is anything but cutting-edge. It is tired, mismatched to its surroundings, and a drag on the wider Center City boom. Its owner, publicly traded Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, has promised to reverse that. Just how and when, however, has been a bit hazy. Now, there is increasing evidence that a critical mass is building and that perhaps, as promised by PREIT chief executive officer Joseph Coradino, a transformative project is near.
January 13, 2014 | By Diane M. Fiske, For The Inquirer
  Susan and Robert Smythe are an articulate couple who seem to enjoy animated discussions. Robert, who teaches in the theater department at Temple University, was the director of Mum Puppettheatre in Old City for 25 years, until it closed in 2008. Susan, who was general manager of the theater, now is a projects manager for Swarthmore College. So they're happy to talk about the way a new, 300-square-foot home workshop has changed their lives. Constructed in 2012 behind their 1,900-square-foot Arts and Crafts-style house in Swarthmore, the workshop replaces an old garage that was never used for cars.
September 17, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Coming off an outstanding performance that helped Sweden win the IIHF World Championships in May, Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson has a new lease on his NHL life. Unlike any other point in his young career, Gustafsson feels he belongs in the big leagues. Entering the World Championships, "I didn't know what they expected of me there, and they really gave me a lot of responsibility, and I felt I played really well, and the team played really well when we needed it," said Gustafsson, a fleet puck-mover who led Sweden by averaging nearly 24 minutes per game and was not on the ice for any even-strength opponent goals.
May 18, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Community activists and an interfaith group want Philadelphia City Council to amend a lease agreement between the city and US Airways Group to boost the salary of 1,500 low-wage airport workers and require future hiring for ground-service jobs to come from neighborhoods around Philadelphia International Airport. Several dozen clergy and members of Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild (POWER) held a prayer vigil Thursday outside Mayor Nutter's office demanding that the interests of Philadelphia's dominant airline not be put above the needs of skycaps, aircraft cabin cleaners, and wheelchair attendants, who earn poverty wages from subcontractors with low-bid airline contracts.
March 15, 2013
Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran had a choice: Sign a new lease at Lolita - the Mexican BYOB on 13th Street near Sansom that put them on the map nine years ago - or think about buying a spot and moving. That wouldn't be easy, as the couple also own Barbuzzo and Jamonera , plus the retail locations Grocery , Verde , and Open House , on the same block. They not only elected to sign a new 10-year lease but also to obtain a liquor license for Lolita, which should be in place by summer.
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