September 25, 2015 |
Hotels are almost full. Restaurants have been told they will get emergency deliveries. Pilgrims will not sleep on dirty sheets or be denied the fare of one of the country's hottest dining cities. The papal panic that gripped Philadelphia's commercial class just a few weeks ago, in light of severe security restrictions, has receded. With just two days to go before Pope Francis begins the weekend's celebrations, the mood is all smiles, if also some nerves. "The hotels are happy," Ed Grose, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, said Wednesday.
September 22, 2015 |
THE PAPAL WEEK is upon us, dear Philadelphians. The Francis Festival Grounds are being built, tourists are flooding the streets and every store window seems to feature Pope Francis products. After months of worry and excitement, it's now time for the World Meeting of Families and the papal weekend to run their course. Here's what you need to know in order to navigate that course - and the streets of our city - this week. Timeline * 6 p.m. yesterday - Towing began in areas along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, from the art museum east to 12th Street.
September 13, 2015 |
The University of the Sciences and Salus University have begun talks about "forming a broad strategic partnership" that could result in a merger, the president of Salus wrote in an email to colleagues Thursday. "Although discussions are very much in an exploratory phase, our respective boards recognize the potential for growth as a combined institution far exceeds what either of us can accomplish alone," wrote Michael H. Mittelman, president of Salus, the Elkins Park institution formerly called the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
August 24, 2015
Clark Park Movie Series Fridays through Sept. 18, Clark Park, Chester Avenue and 43d Street, beginning at dusk. Movies al fresco in University City's happening public common, with an obscure 1940s title, Casablanca - starring some guy named Bogart, some dame named Bergman - showing Friday. The next week, it's Little Shop of Horrors , the classic 1986 man-eating plant musical starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, and some early Saturday Night Live stars. A serious change in tone and tenor is in order for Sept.
July 13, 2015 |
On Thursday morning in the pouring rain, Peter Sagal set out to run the streets of Philadelphia with 19 people in tow. Sagal, who is host of NPR's Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me , was in town to do a show at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts that night. But that morning, he went to the WHYY studios to get in a run, a city tour, and help fund-raise a little bit, too. "It's totally selfish of me because people want me to come out and hang with the donors," said Sagal, a multi-marathoner who also writes a column for Runner's World magazine.
June 27, 2015 |
Robert A. Roosa, 90, of Wayne, a retired microbiologist who supported scientists as a research institute administrator, died Friday, June 19, of a hemorrhage after falling. Dr. Roosa, who earned his Ph.D. in medical microbiology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1957, spent a long career at the Wistar Institute in University City, a biomedical research institution. He joined the organization in 1960 as a researcher, working in a lab, and later went on to oversee several facilities as a science administrator.
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.