September 12, 2011 |
The newest 14 acres of the University of Pennsylvania used to be a parking lot for a fleet of mail trucks. Two years and more than $46 million later, Penn has transformed that wedge of land into a green welcome mat that extends all the way to the Schuylkill. On Thursday, the university will open Penn Park, the centerpiece of a long-term effort to grow the 283-acre campus from its historic core near 34th and Walnut Streets. "It's the first time that, by design, we've set aside open space for the use of the Penn community and beyond," said Amy Gutmann, Penn's president.
August 23, 2011 |
ASBURY PARK, N.J. - A new concession offers a modern version of a century old tradition in Asbury Park's century-old tradition: swan boats on Wesley Lake. A short stroll from the boardwalk, locals and tourists alike are happily pedaling around the shallow inland waters while enjoying a view of Asbury Park's old Carousel House and the Victorian splendor of neighboring Ocean Grove. The boats, shaped like the sleek creatures - gleaming and proud-looking, their wings curved with a suggestion of Art Deco - are making quite a splash at this rejuvenated resort.
August 3, 2011 |
Valet parking at restaurants and hotels is considered a sign of exclusivity. But Garth Weldon, owner of the Prime Rib steak house in the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, says, "This is ridiculous. " Weldon's is one of more than four dozen businesses now receiving their annual bills from the Philadelphia Parking Authority for valet zones. The fee in Center City, University City, and along Delaware Avenue, which in many cases last year was $250 per 20 feet of curb space, is now $2,500 - 10 times as much.
May 28, 2011 |
Warning to Philadelphia motorists: If you're planning to park your car on the street in Center City or University City, carry plenty of quarters or invest in a Smart Card, the Parking Authority's version of a pre-paid gift card. The authority's executive director, Vincent Fenerty, said this week that a still-unexplained malady had struck some of the 1,044 kiosks installed to dispense parking receipts in prime curbside parking locations. Around a week ago, Fenerty said, some kiosks began rejecting debit and credit cards.
May 27, 2011 |
Many people assume the nation's prolonged recession means that nothing much is getting built in Philadelphia. That's because they're looking up instead of looking down. Today, the real action is on the ground, and Philadelphia is enjoying a bumper crop of new parks. Since opening two weeks ago, the Race Street Pier, the scenester hangout on the Delaware, has monopolized most of the attention, but at least four more designer parks are set to open before the year is out. Several existing oases - from the hole-in-the-wall Chestnut Street Park to sprawling Hunting Park - also are in various states of refurbishment.
May 12, 2011 |
You could not ask for a better day to open a new park. The sun is shining and the temperatures are true to the season. Although it only opened at 2 p.m., the new Race Street Pier in the shadow of the Ben Franklin Bridge is drawing raves. "The fact that it's free is really important and so is the access to the street," said Joni Berry, a resident of nearby Pier 5 who was walking her dog Dolly. "The river is great and the water is so peaceful," she said. Charles Martin, a security guard from North Philadelphia, said, "It's a place to think and relax, and you can't do that in the city.
December 7, 2010
THE DEBATE over keeping the Fairmount Park system intact versus merging parks with the Recreation Department was often bitter and contentious. Those wanting to keep the outmoded structure of governance - a park commission that was disconnected and accountable to no one but its members - argued that if the city took over, it would start selling off parkland to the highest bidder. Those pushing for change - and that included this page - argued that decades of neglect and funding shortfalls were directly tied to lack of leadership, and that parks were suffering as a result.
July 2, 2010 |
Travelers who park in the seven garages at Philadelphia International Airport are coping with new technology designed to help them locate available parking spots, thus reducing the time it takes to hunt. Coping because, many frequent fliers say, the reality is that the system does not work for them. Automated directional signs, intended to guide drivers to open spaces, seem inaccurate, indicating there are a certain number of spots in a row when there are not. The Philadelphia Parking Authority, which manages all airport parking, acknowledges there can be confusion, especially as drivers enter each garage level.
June 8, 2010
The Union's first Major League Soccer game at PPL Park in Chester is sold out. Single-game tickets for the June 27 game against Seattle Sounders FC were sold in five hours Monday. The new stadium will seat 18,500. The Union cut off season-ticket sales at 12,000. The Union (2-6-1) will play at Kansas City on Thursday, then will take a break during the World Cup before resuming action on June 27. They played two home games at Lincoln Financial Field while awaiting the stadium's completion.
March 1, 2010 |
All things considered, Chan Ho Park would rather be in Clearwater. That was the obvious sentiment former Phillies reliever Chan Ho Park expressed yesterday in nearby Tampa, where he took part in his first workout with the New York Yankees. Park, 36, was said to be seeking a raise from the $2.5 million he earned when he went 3-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 45 games with the Phillies last season. He worked 3 1/3 scoreless innings against the Yankees in the World Series. The Phillies decided to add Danys Baez and Jose Contreras to the bullpen instead.