June 29, 2012 |
A regional planning panel on Thursday approved $3.8 billion in funding for 385 transportation projects in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania suburbs over the next four years. The highway and transit projects include continuing work on the long-awaited connection between I-95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and SEPTA's new "smart card" fare system. The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission adopted its "transportation improvement program" for fiscal years 2013-16, establishing a blueprint for projects in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.
June 27, 2012 |
America's so-called fiscal cliff is making it hard for investors to plan ahead. The fiscal cliff is the paradox that Congress and the White House now face: If they pass measures to slice the country's massive budget deficit — potentially raising taxes and cutting spending — the very austerity measures helping to reduce a government budget crisis could ultimately plunge us into another recession. What's an investor to do in a portfolio? The fiscal cliff is prompting consternation among financial planners, some of whom warn their retirement-age clients to avoid the stock market.
June 12, 2012 |
When she was divorced in 1975, Sally Huling Hilderbrand recalled, she moved back to Collegeville "because I needed to have my parents to help me. " She was a single parent with a 2-year-old and twins in first grade, "and I knew I could call on my dad for anything," she said in a phone interview. Clarence W. Huling Jr. had several business and civic responsibilities, but "he helped me with the car, with home repairs, all the things I needed a man for. " Her mother provided child care, while "his was mostly a supportive role in terms of helping me maintain my house and my kids.
June 9, 2012 |
Saturday was "Grow This Block" day on Germantown's West Rockland Street, and just like last year, residents were in their front gardens spreading mushroom compost and planting flowers. It was exactly the kind of event you would expect from a couple of savvy, Gen Y marketing whizzes. Preparations were chronicled on a blog, rocklandstreet.com . Journalists were alerted in advance, donations obtained. And, naturally, the day's highlights were broadcast to the world via regular Twitter blasts.
February 13, 2012 |
Charles F. Case, 100, of Lansdale, a financial-planning consultant, died Friday, Jan. 13, of heart failure at Abington Health Lansdale Hospital. Two days before his death, Mr. Case was working at his computer at Borer, Denton & Associates, an investment-advisory firm in Blue Bell. He was still driving his Cadillac to the office until November. In recent months, colleagues picked him up. "Charles had a good attitude about life. He had a wonderful sense of humor and always got the joke," said Fred Bluefeld, a colleague for 20 years.
December 6, 2011 |
The leaders of a nonprofit planning group are seeking the public's ideas to improve Spring Garden Street for pedestrians, motorists, cyclists, residents, and businesses. "We want to make Spring Garden Street the best street in Philadelphia," said Patrick Starr, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. "We're trying to push the envelope here to do something beyond the norm. " The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is a statewide nonprofit group dedicated to protecting and restoring "natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education, and advocacy," officials said.
October 18, 2011 |
Philadelphia Planning Commission 's 1 p.m. meeting Tuesday, upstairs at 1515 Race St., will review three City Council proposals that need a little decoding: No dollar stores: Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller 's plan would ban "variety/general merchandise stores of less than 7,500 square feet" in areas along Germantown Avenue, where residents have been agitating for more expensive shopping choices. No Temple students: A proposal by Councilman Darrell Clark would "expand the North Philadelphia Community Special District Controls," effectively banning all new multifamily housing, from Ninth to 19th streets and Cecil B. Moore to Lehigh avenues, after residents complained about rowdy students.
September 27, 2011 |
It's a rough time to be a regional planner. With the economy in prolonged slump and election season upon us, planners - that cadre of workaday civil servants for whom grand road design, smartly executed shopping centers, and effective use of open space get the blood pumping - are fighting an uphill battle. "State and local governments are stressed. There's less money going around. And politicians don't know which way to turn," said Paul Farmer, executive director of the American Planning Association.
September 9, 2011
DEAR ABBY : I am a confident, well-established administrative professional. I organized a very large company party and, because my regular caterer didn't specialize in the kind of barbecue that was needed, I took a chance on an unknown one. In the end, it was the most humiliating disaster I've ever experienced. Not only was there not enough food, but it was presented in a sloppy, unprofessional manner. No beverages arrived, so we had to do without them for the event. I have never had anything like this happen before.
August 8, 2011 |
G. STOCKTON Strawbridge looked out of the front window of his department store on East Market Street, regarded the banging pile-drivers, the grinding trucks, the dust, the torn-up asphalt and smiled. He was a happy man because the project of converting East Market Street from the dreary, shabby thoroughfare it had become was the dream of a lifetime. And who better to make that dream come true than John F. Collins? John Collins, a landscape architect, urban planner and a man who didn't hesitate to get on his knees in the dirt and plant flowers, was the head of Delta Group, which had the contract in the late '80s to restore a commercial street that had once been Philadelphia's major thoroughfare.