March 4, 2014
Makes a village Permitting Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to develop its site on the Schuylkill's eastern bank as a single-use area, just because the hospital views including other uses as not part of its "core mission," rings false and shortsighted ("CHOP can be a good neighbor," Feb. 18). Much of University City's revitalization stems from the University of Pennsylvania's decision more than 40 years ago to encourage its employees to purchase homes through Penn's employer-assisted program.
March 3, 2014 |
Design consultants from around the world have been meeting with chiefs at Drexel University, Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust , and other local powers over the last couple of weeks to pitch competing development proposals they hope will help grow the neighborhood around 30th Street Station into a forest of high-rise towers and busy spaces. "We are in the process of determining and selecting a winning bid," Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz told me. "My understanding is, we should have that process wrapped up in the next several weeks.
February 22, 2014 |
The first ticket for illegal parking was slipped onto the black Nissan Altima's windshield on Feb. 10 outside Peco headquarters at 23d and Market Streets. On Valentine's Day, the car was blocking snow removal, so it was towed to 30th Street just south of Market, behind the former post office and near where university students gather along a line of popular food trucks. Snow fell, covering the car's windshield. Through the tinted windows, it was almost impossible to see inside.
February 21, 2014 |
CAMDEN Wendell Pritchett, the outgoing chancellor of Rutgers-Camden, will join the University of Pennsylvania Law School on July 1, Penn announced Wednesday morning. He previously had said he planned to take a one-year sabbatical and turn to teaching full-time at Rutgers-Camden. Pritchett, 49, steps down as chancellor at the end of June. The new position will be familiar to him. Pritchett, who holds a Ph.D. degree in history from Penn, taught at the law school from 2001 to 2009. He was an associate dean between 2006 and 2008.
February 14, 2014 |
Fantasy football has been the closest fans have come to making money off a team athlete's individual performance. But a new company, whose initial public offering road show for one athlete came to Philadelphia on Wednesday, is making it even more of a reality. Fantex, a San Francisco company, offers an opportunity to invest in an athlete's future earnings. An investor would ride the same roller coaster that the athlete experiences, with a lucrative contract and broad marketability as a potential boon, and injury or image problems presenting risk.
February 11, 2014 |
Ironworkers are getting ready to hang more steel high above University City - and not just on the several large hospital and undergraduate housing jobs now in progress. At 3601 Market St., the University City Science Center broke ground on a 28-story, $110 million, 364-apartment tower it hopes will attract engineers and founders of companies to live near the science center's offices and laboratory blocks. Brandywine Property Trust plans 260 high-end apartments for its $341 million, 47-story FMC Tower at 30th and Walnut Streets.
January 30, 2014 |
Before heading out for his 8 a.m. shift at the University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, security guard Luther Babb slathered his face with Vaseline. "It's the oldest trick in the book to fight this cold," said the 44-year-old from West Oak Lane. The temperature outside was 12 degrees, with a wind chill of 5 below zero. Frederick Thomas, who runs the taxi stand at 30th Street Station, stocked up on hand warmers. Hemo Abdelaziz, the owner of a University City food truck, held his bare hands above a grill for as long as he could - the only source of warmth in an otherwise freezing space.
January 24, 2014 |
THE SURGE IN young adults that's fueled an increase in the city's population in recent years is a "fragile boom," a new Pew Charitable Trusts report says. In a Pew poll, "half of the 20- to 34-year-olds questioned said they definitely or probably would not be living in Philadelphia five to 10 years from now, compared with about three in 10 for the rest of the city's adult population," Larry Eichel, project director of Pew's Philadelphia Research Initiative, wrote in the report, released yesterday.
January 20, 2014 |
AS EARLY AS Monday, Common Pleas Judge Ellen Ceisler may rule on a zoning appeal for the historic Levy-Leas Mansion in University City's Spruce Hill area. It's a case that one neighbor describes as "peculiar" because it is based on a 2-year-old proposal to demolish the mansion. The University of Pennsylvania owns the Italianate villa at 40th and Pine streets. Jonathan Weiss, of Azalea Gardens Partners, is the developer. In 2012, Penn and its developer won a zoning variance and demolition approval to erect a five-story, 122-unit apartment building.
January 10, 2014 |
Announcing a new partnership with Montgomery County Community College, Drexel University president John A. Fry said it was part of a long-term strategy to make the university more accessible and affordable. The program is part transfer agreement and part satellite campus, with Drexel professors teaching classes at the MCCC campus in Blue Bell. That means students in 10 majors - including engineering, nursing, and computer science - can complete a Drexel bachelor's degree without having to go commute to University City or live nearby.