November 20, 2014 |
Sixteen companies have expressed interest in all or part of about 200 vacant acres known as Southport, at the eastern end of the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. They include energy companies, marine terminal operators, auto processors, and multipurpose terminal operators with ideas for the maritime property, south of the Walt Whitman Bridge on the Delaware River. The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) said Tuesday that it would evaluate the responses and make recommendations to its board, which will have the final say. Southport is three waterfront parcels: 119 acres referred to as Southport Marine Terminal; 75 acres known as Southport West Terminal; and the Pier 124 "north berth," a 1,132-foot-long finger pier.
November 16, 2014 |
With their collars up against the cold, about 25 people, including new immigrants, trooped behind a colorful guide on Independence Mall Friday. "Philadelphia is ground zero for the making of America. Many answers to the U.S. citizenship test can be found right here," said Ed Mauger, stopping at the nation's first executive mansion, where he quizzed the group on the length of a U.S. presidential term and asked for another way to describe George Washington. "Four years. . . . The founding father," piped up Elizabeth Wang, 24, who was born in China and who came to the city for post-graduate study at the University of Pennsylvania law school.
November 10, 2014 |
Condo and apartment buildings are getting designed and renovated common spaces, indoor and outdoor, that look and feel more like hotels. It's happening at addresses such as 2116 Chestnut, Park Towne Place, and the Granary. These areas now offer everything from juice bars to tech stations, where residents can recharge themselves and their devices, check e-mail, or print tickets and boarding passes. A building's lobby used to be thought of as a place people circulated through, as opposed to congregating in. "In recent years, residential developers have taken lessons from the hospitality industry and started to rethink how common areas can be utilized to engender a greater sense of community and social interaction," said Neil Rubler, who is redeveloping 251 DeKalb in King of Prussia.
November 6, 2014 |
Marine Capt. Jason Dequenne came running down the sidewalk Wednesday toward the site of Tun Tavern in Old City. Barely out of breath, he slowed to a stop on the spot where the Marine Corps was founded in 1775. But he wasn't just out for a jog, and it was no coincidence he was on South Front Street. The Marine Corps turns 239 on Monday, and Dequenne, 41, is honoring its birthday by running 239 miles on a two-week-long journey from Washington to New York. On Wednesday, he ran through Philadelphia, bringing his mileage to 174.2.
October 29, 2014 |
It looks as if reality-show producers are doubling down on Philly. My colleague Jenice Armstrong recently reported that "Real Housewives of Atlanta" producer Princess Anne Banton-Lofters has been checking out Philly's prominent women for a possible "Real Housewives of Philadelphia" spin-off. But I hear she's not the only reality producer sniffing around socialites. Reality-based production company Wilshire Studios, a division of NBCUniversal, which owns channels like E!
September 16, 2014 |
The blogger Brian K. Everett posted this image of himself documenting open sidewalks at Radio Lofts in Camden, nearly two weeks after a city inspection concluded the site should be fenced off to protect public safety. Four weeks after the Camden blogger questioned the stability of a vacant downtown building - and a day after he posted two-week-old municipal inspection documents urging immediate action - the city is finally moving to secure the structure. "If sounding a little alarmist is what it took to make sure people aren't killed by falling objects, so be it," said Everett, whose NJ Poverty Reality blog suggested the Cooper Street landmark may be in danger of collapse, or could be demolished.
August 29, 2014 |
Comcast Corp. has resurrected the hyperlocal news site EveryBlock in Philadelphia. The social-media site ( www.everyblock.com ) aggregates more than 600 data feeds. EveryBlock, which officially was relaunched on Tuesday, allows users who register to customize a Twitter-like feed to city zip codes or neighborhoods. On Wednesday, the free site - available to anyone - lacked Xfinity advertisements or any other connection to Comcast. The company said it was offering EveryBlock as a community service.
August 26, 2014 |
It would seem to anyone with a mastery of grammar that Ofo Ezeugwu blew it with the naming of his company, WhoseYourLandlord.com . That certainly was the reaction of his freshman English professor at Temple University when he visited a table Ezeugwu was manning on campus to promote his landlord-rating website. "I know I taught you better than this," Ezeugwu recalled James Mellis telling him. The name should be Who's YourLandlord, teacher told former student. But that would be missing the point, Ezeugwu explained to Mellis and, last week, to me. "We use the possessive form of who because we're giving renters ownership of their situation by putting housing in their hands," Ezeugwu said.
August 24, 2014 |
States running their own Affordable Care Act marketplaces enrolled more people in health insurance than those using the federal marketplace, according to an analysis by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute. Given the federal Website's dreadful October launch, that isn't exactly jaw-dropping news. But Penn's Health Insurance Exchange researchers were surprised to find that even after Healthcare.gov began working well in December, state-based marketplaces kept outperforming the federal site.