June 13, 2015 |
Philadelphia's millennial population is good at registering to vote. But getting to the polls and pushing the button? Not so much. Data from the city's May 19 primary show that while 321,342 Philadelphians between ages 18 and 34 were registered, only 38,686 voted. That's 12 percent, according to an analysis by City Commissioner Al Schmidt. Schmidt, one of the three commissioners who oversee city elections, found what pols and political scientists have seen in U.S. elections for years: the older the voter, the more likely he or she is to vote.
June 9, 2015 |
Long wallowing in deterioration and neglect, Philadelphia's East Market neighborhood is on the verge of becoming a lively bridge between City Hall and Independence Mall. Though grateful for the corridor's upward momentum, the city should not be so desperate as to accept whatever is offered by developers who also stand to benefit from the transformation. Plans to refurbish the dowdy Gallery mall are vague so far, though the developers, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust and California-based Macerich, promise a better flow of foot traffic between the street and shops, as well as more glass and other architectural flourishes.
June 4, 2015 |
The University City Science Center plans to more than double its size over 10 years as it seeks to lure higher-profile biomedical and technology firms to the West Philadelphia business incubation and research complex. The Science Center and its development partner on the expansion, Wexford Science & Technology, will pool their landholdings in the area to build more than four million square feet of offices, laboratories, homes, retail shops, and parking structures, the Science Center said Tuesday.
June 2, 2015 |
The Market East corridor shelters plenty of concrete mutts, but the parking garage at Seventh Street may be the ugliest dog in the pet shop. Streaks of rust and pigeon poop mark the five-story hulk, built back in 1966. Its looming presence crowds the Colonial brick of the Graff House and the distinguished gray block of the Philadelphia History Museum. It offers no lure to sore-footed tourists seeking escape from the crush at the nearby Liberty Bell. To fix Market East, the haggard eight-block stretch between Independence Mall and City Hall, experts say it's crucial to fix this site.
April 30, 2015 |
Winter appears to have put Philadelphia's real estate recovery on ice, as first-quarter sale prices in the city fell 0.3 percent from the fourth-quarter 2014 level. The decline came after two consecutive positive quarters, Kevin Gillen, chief economist at Meyers Research and senior research fellow at Drexel University's Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, said Tuesday. But Gillen, who analyzed data from the city Recorder of Deeds Office, called the decline "statistically negligible.
April 23, 2015 |
When Esta Schwartz moved into her sixth-floor condominium at the Philadelphian, the view was not its best selling point. The condos in the front of the building look out onto the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Art Museum, but her balcony, at the back, offered views of a black roof studded with large air-conditioning units. Not anymore. Last week, workers began spreading dirt atop the roof, then planting it with sedum and other greenery that will be pink in June, ocher come November.
April 22, 2015 |
A discrete and low-cost pregnancy tester ("Lia"), spawned as the thesis project of two University of Pennsylvania students (liadiagnostics.com). A social media-tracking system ("Forecastr") for predicting the popularity of TV shows (getforecastr.com). A child-oriented robot, dubbed LocoRobo, that can teach kids programming skills. "When they click on the app, using simple directions to 'spin' or 'stop' the robot, they'll also see computer code they can vary to change the moves and learn by doing," said product developer Pramod Abichandani, a Drexel University professor and Penn lecturer (locorobo.co)
March 21, 2015 |
In the old days - like maybe 10 years ago - people who wanted to start a business would rent an office, hang out a shingle, hire a receptionist, and get down to work. Now, people of an entrepreneurial persuasion launch a start-up, join a co-working space, and find collaborators, often while making coffee in said space's communal kitchen. The way we work is changing, so it makes sense that the architecture of work would change, too. Instead of building downtown office towers the way we once did, Philadelphia has been exploding with co-working spaces, places where you can rent a desk, a conference table, and a Wi-Fi connection by the day, week, or month.
March 20, 2015 |
Buoyed by its successful first year and a half, High Street on Market - the casual sibling of Fork in Old City - plans to open a second location in late summer or early fall in Lower Manhattan. Ellen Yin and chef Eli Kulp have signed a deal at the corner of Hudson and Horatio Streets in the West Village. The concept - ingredient-driven American foods and baked goods served from breakfast through dinner in a cozy cafe setting - will remain. This location is a third larger than the original at 308 Market St. Que pasa The Garces Group is slinging Mexican food in a Baja beach scene at Buena Onda (1901 Callowhill St., 215-302-3530)
March 13, 2015 |
The information the public gets about mayoral candidates is usually limited to sound bites and quick debate answers. To give a more lengthy sampling of the candidates' platforms, the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce released answers to five questions it had posed about small business and job growth. Answers came in from former District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham, former city spokesman Doug Oliver, former Common Pleas Court Judge Nelson A. Diaz, former City Councilman James F. Kenney, and State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams.