February 11, 2014 |
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 |
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.
October 28, 2013 |
It was only as a courtesy to friends, Fran Crotty says, that she and her husband, Jim, toured a 100-year-old Victorian in Glenside five years ago. Good bones aside, the 2,300-square-foot dwelling was a mess, with outdated electrical systems, a neglected yard, and a cracked sewer pipe. Yet, instead of walking away, the Crottys rescued the house and found solace restoring it as a turbulent physical and spiritual journey wound down. Growing up, Fran sewed her own clothes and sketched pictures, and she took art classes at the College of Mount St. Vincent in the Bronx.
September 17, 2013 |
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 |
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.
December 15, 2012 |
In a river town founded by Quakers more than 300 years ago, it was one of the first houses of worship. The Bordentown Friends Meetinghouse has stood since 1740, when the streets around it bustled with colonial trade. But after heavy use by Quakers, a bank, and, most recently, the Bordentown Historical Society, the two-story brick building on Farnsworth Avenue needs some nips and tucks. Now, it's going to get them. The site was approved by the New Jersey Historic Trust for a $50,000 capital preservation grant, available through the New Jersey Cultural Trust in fiscal 2013, state officials announced this month.
June 2, 2012 |
City officials have selected a joint venture of three companies to manage the planning and construction of the multi-billion-dollar expansion of Philadelphia International Airport. CH2M HILL, a Denver-based engineering and construction firm, will be the lead company, and will work with minority-owned companies Delon Hampton & Associates of Washington D.C. and CMTS Inc. of Dallas. The city has agreed to pay the team $25 million for the first four-year term of the project. The project-management team will oversee the complex financial, engineering, design and scheduling elements in preparing for the expansion of the city-owned airport, airport chief executive officer Mark Gale said Thursday.
May 22, 2012 |
In further progress toward a new lease agreement, leaders of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association and Kimmel Center Inc. have signed an amendment to their existing lease that reduces the base rent, a Kimmel spokeswoman said. The new terms were not entirely clear; a copy of the amendment was not filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court as of Monday evening. Details are expected in the orchestra's forthcoming reorganization plan. According to a statement released by both groups, the deal calls for a reduction in the rent the orchestra pays to the Kimmel, from about $2.5 million to $1.5 million annually.
May 9, 2012
Marc Staal scored a power-play goal 1 minute, 35 seconds into overtime after Brad Richards tied it in the dying seconds of regulation to lift the host New York Rangers to a stunning 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Monday night. With goalie Henrik Lundqvist pulled for an extra attacker, Washington's Joel Ward took a four-minute penalty for high-sticking Carl Hagelin with 21.3 seconds left in the third period. Richards tied it on the first half of the power play with just 7.6 seconds to go, and Staal won it with a drive that appeared to deflect off a Washington player before beating goalie Braden Holtby.