November 21, 2015 |
Two types of people will flood Philadelphia this weekend: elite runners and the people who support them. Both can have a great time at the 22d Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon - with the right planning. It's easier for the more than 25,000 runners. They'll enjoy a scenic course Sunday - either a full 26.2 miles or a slightly more reasonable (ha) 13.1 miles - that passes through such neighborhoods as Chinatown, Society Hill, University City, and Manayunk. They'll be welcomed at the start line, celebrated at the finish, and applauded and inspired by the crowds at "cheer zones" throughout the course.
November 21, 2015 |
Drexel University already ranks among the top 50 universities worldwide when it comes to patent awards developed by faculty members, said Keith Orris, university senior vice president of corporate relations and economic development. And with Thursday's announcement of Drexel's new funding partnership with Ben Franklin Technology Partners and a mentoring relationship with Wayne-based Safeguard Scientifics, university inventors and entrepreneurs will have 10 million new reasons to keep the research fires burning, the brainstorms exploding.
November 14, 2015 |
About 300 students from the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel, Temple, and other colleges in the Philadelphia area joined in a mass protest Thursday, echoing movements around the nation against racial issues at the University of Missouri and Yale University. "This is what democracy looks like!" some chanted. "Who are we? We are Yale! Who are we? We are Mizzou!" The larger protest arose from two groups, starting with a much smaller Million Student March at Penn inspired by rallies around the country on economic issues, particularly huge student-loan debt.
November 9, 2015 |
Elena DePascale's complicated medical history has led to 23 years of treatment with 16 specialists at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. A typical day at Children's University City campus might start with a frantic search for parking, long periods in a crowded waiting room, and a dash among three different buildings for treatment. But the addition of the hospital's new Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care has made the trip to the doctor less stressful and more pleasant, members of DePascale's family say. "Once all the departments move in, everything will be here" in one place, said her mother, Marie DePascale, of Montgomery Township.
November 9, 2015 |
MAYOR-ELECT Jim Kenney said it's "ridiculous" that the city doesn't hire ex-offenders, and that's one thing he hopes to change. "I learned through our research on re-entry in the city . . . [that] the city doesn't hire ex-offenders, which, to me, seems ridiculous," Kenney said yesterday. "If we are asking the Chamber of Commerce and other organizations to take a chance on someone, there's no reason why someone coming back to us [from prison] couldn't work in some capacity for the city, so that's number one. " Kenney's comment was made during a news conference yesterday in University City to introduce members of his transition committee, co-chaired by state Rep. Dwight Evans and former city human services commissioner Alba Martinez.
October 24, 2015 |
Post Brothers has acquired the 13-story Garden Court Plaza apartment building in University City, the Philadelphia-based real estate company said in a statement on Thursday. Post Brothers president Matthew Pestronk said the 146-unit building at 4701 Pine Street was acquired through the purchase of its previous ownership group and that he was prohibited from disclosing the price paid. The company plans extensive renovations at the building, which it acquired as part of a $250 million University City investment strategy, it said in the statement.
October 14, 2015 |
Developer Scott Mazo is doubling down on the office market at University City's western edge as he moves forward with a second building near the bustling district's far end. This week, Mazo said, demolition will begin at 41st and Market Streets, at the site of a Pep Boys store, on his planned 3.0 University Place project. Groundbreaking for the $70 million office building could come in the spring. The 190,000-square-foot, five-story structure will boast state-of-the-art eco-friendly features such as a skin of photoreactive glass, in hopes of luring tech-savvy tenants to its location, where University City's cluster of high-end offices meets its lower-income neighborhoods.
October 1, 2015 |
With video cameras running and money on the line, Philadelphia entrepreneurs put their best feet forward Tuesday to charm visiting investor and AOL cofounder Steve Case. In turn, Case said - early and often - that Philadelphia has "the history" and "good attitude" to become a leader in socially relevant start-ups, a cause he says is "oft ignored" in the greedy environments of Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston, which claim "75 percent of venture capital investments. " "The idea of businesses as a force for positive change isn't just nice to do but a must-do, especially for millennials," the wealthy investor said.
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.