November 24, 2013 |
When Debbie and Bob Fleischman were considering where they might live as young marrieds, they surveyed the entire East Coast, looking for a city with vibrancy and culture - and a home in that city that was within walking distance of a synagogue. The couple, who met as Yale undergraduates, live Judaism fully and joyfully, and when they chose Philadelphia as their hometown in 1984, they also became affiliated with Beth Zion-Beth Israel Synagogue in Center City. Predictably, their first home was on Addison Street, near the synagogue.
October 21, 2013 |
In this post-housing-boom era, when prices still aren't what sellers want them to be, and there isn't a lot on the market, and a lot of folks are loath to move because of the uncertain economy, more people seem to be doing major renovations again - fixing up their houses for their own current use, or to update them for future sale. After several years of minor repairs and roof replacements, residential contractors say, they are once again getting big projects. Kim Pelkey and David Bushnell's undertaking, for example.
September 15, 2013 |
When the Eagles play their first home game of the Chip Kelly era Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, fans will see the first part of a major two-year revitalization of Lincoln Financial Field. The $125 million project is scheduled to be completed before the 2014 regular season, but the first phase, which cost $35 million, will be on display Sunday. It includes entrance-gate expansion and navigational improvements; a Wi-Fi system; concession-stand upgrades; expansion of the ProShop; Suites and Touchdown Club revitalization; and historical imagery - huge images of many of the Eagles' greats along the walls.
August 27, 2013 |
THE MOMENT Angela Sykes drove past Cedar Park Cafe on Baltimore Avenue and realized it had reopened, she immediately called her husband. "They reopened," Sykes said with childlike excitement, sitting at a table across from husband Darryl. "Here we are today. " The Sykeses, who live in Mayfair but attend Victory Christian Center in Cedar Park, were part of a large brunch crowd yesterday at the newly renovated cafe - eight months after the building was shuttered because of extensive damage from a fire at a lounge next door to the cafe and the lounge's subsequent demolition.
July 17, 2013 |
Retail shops and restaurants at Philadelphia International Airport will be hiring about 300 workers to fill jobs at the newly renovated Terminal F and concession openings in other terminals. MarketPlace Philadelphia Management, in conjunction with the city Division of Aviation, and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, whose district includes the airport, plan to host a job fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia. Applicants must have a resume to enter the Linc and multiple copies to give employers.
July 15, 2013 |
The inside of the brick rowhouse on South 18th Street is furnished so minimally, it makes a Shaker dwelling seem opulent. "I'm a little compulsive about having things in order," Anthony Esposito says with a laugh. But the clean lines and muted color palette throughout lend an elegant serenity as soothing as a Zen garden. It took two major overhauls in six years to get it into its present incarnation, the result of love, sorrow, and endurance. When Anthony and his wife, Paula, bought their Packer Park house in October 2005, things could not have felt more blissful.
July 4, 2013
The Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center plans a $12.5 million renovation to create an outpatient facility, including urgent care, laboratory and radiology services, plus specialty care, including podiatry and optometry, the Veterans Administration announced. The outpatient suite will be built in 35,000 square feet of an underutilized building on the Coatesville campus. - Harold Brubaker
June 18, 2013 |
The Eagles are not spending $125 million to renovate Lincoln Financial Field to host a Super Bowl, but it doesn't hurt owner Jeffrey Lurie's case. Lurie first mentioned the possibility in March when he was asked about New Jersey's MetLife Stadium hosting the Super Bowl this season. Lurie noted that if the event proves to be a success, he would push for Philadelphia to host the annual event. An updated stadium will enhance the Eagles' bid. "That wasn't the intention, but certainly when I'm on the Super Bowl committee, when you're bidding on a Super Bowl, the committee looks very closely at your stadium and your city and what you can host," Lurie said.
June 10, 2013 |
After 10 seasons at Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles are investing $125 million to renovate the stadium during the next two years. The privately financed project will include a seating expansion, two new high-definition video boards, upgraded amenities, WiFi installation, imagery of great moments and players throughout team history, and two new connecting bridges for the upper concourses. The project was started in 2010 and has included research of season-ticket holders, the season-ticket advisory board, and focus groups of fans, as well as surveying architectural firms that have built stadiums since Lincoln Financial Field opened.
May 29, 2013 |
Change comes incrementally to the Academy of Music, as it must to any building vital and beloved at nearly 156 years old. This summer, while renovations are planned, they are modest compared with those of recent years. And, frankly, the Academy could probably use a chance to catch its breath after events of the last few years: millions in restorations to the ballroom and main chandelier; the death of Leonore Annenberg, its major benefactor; and that unfortunate business of having to declare bankruptcy even though its own finances were fine, when its owner, the Philadelphia Orchestra, filed for Chapter 11. After the national touring company production of Wicked closes Aug. 4, workers will begin demolishing the Academy's front steps.