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November 15, 1997
The big feet of the University of Pennsylvania have, at times, stomped over the interests of the residents and neighborhoods that are West Philadelphia. Penn has often acted clumsily and without vision. But now the academic behemoth that straddles Walnut, Locust and Spruce Streets seems to be taking a different stride, with grace and foresight, lacking the ego of the past. The hoorays are for the University City District (UCD), Philadelphia's newest special-services district.
NEWS
October 2, 2012 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer
THE UNIVERSITY City District's "State of University City 2012" report, out Monday, paints a glowing picture of an area teeming with economic growth and new construction, especially around the universities, with housing values tripling over the last 10 years. "When you look at University City, you have a concentration of economic activity that is unmatched in all but a few communities in the whole country," said Matt Bergheiser, executive director of UCD. The UCD is a neighborhood-improvement and economic-development organization that is 15 years old this year.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
To some, they are former diamonds in the rough, locales that a decade or so of change has polished into something now truly unique. And many have made the cut as city neighborhoods that the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. will be showcasing in a new, two-year campaign. The 14 areas, to be unveiled Friday as part of the campaign's launch, are: Fairmount, Spring Garden, Graduate Hospital, Callowhill, Bella Vista, East Passyunk, Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Queen Village, Pennsport, Cedar Park, Spruce Hill, University City, and Powelton Village.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Take SEPTA's No. 34 trolley along Baltimore Avenue to 47th Street, and it will deposit you at the doorstep of Lee's Deli, home to such unusual creations as the Game Over Cheesesteak (chicken topped with shrimp and broccoli or spinach) and Tanzanian Fries (an East Africa-inspired omelet stuffed with fried potatoes, cheese, green peppers, and onions, and topped with hot sauce). You also will witness a 22-year-old business in transition, changing in response to a West Philadelphia neighborhood itself taking on a new look as young professionals and families move in. And if you introduce yourself to owner Insuk "Scott" Lee, behind the counter six days a week since he opened the corner eatery in 1993, you will experience a South Korean immigrant's abundant gratitude and joy in fulfilling his American entrepreneurial dream.
NEWS
July 19, 2016
By Matt Bergheiser Imagine applying to 42 jobs in three months and not landing a single interview. Imagine what it feels like to realize that even jobs at the lowest rungs of the career ladder require online applications when you haven't turned on a computer in years. Imagine being so desperate for income that you'll ride two trains and a bus for a chance at back-breaking day labor that might not even materialize. This story line is typical for citizens returning from prison, as a criminal conviction is often a career-ender, creating devastating impacts for individuals, families, and communities.
NEWS
October 6, 2010 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Drexel University's new president, John A. Fry, on Tuesday outlined a five-point plan to improve the neighborhood, including an expanded safety-patrol zone and a loan forgiveness program for employees who buy homes in the area. In his first major address to the university community, Fry also pledged expertise and fund-raising support for the area's public elementary school and an effort to improve the business district along Lancaster Avenue. Fry, a former University of Pennsylvania executive who was a key architect of Penn's successful plan to revitalize its neighborhood, hopes to make history repeat itself.
NEWS
October 5, 2010 | By Susan Snyder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A key architect of the University of Pennsylvania's successful plan to revitalize its neighborhood, John A. Fry - now president of Drexel University - appears poised to make history repeat itself. In his first major address to the Drexel community on Tuesday, Fry outlined a five-point plan to improve the Drexel neighborhood, including an expanded patrol area and a loan forgiveness program for employees who buy homes in the area. He also pledged expertise and fundraising support for the area's public elementary school and an effort to improve the business district along Lancaster Avenue.
NEWS
July 19, 2000 | by Jenice M. Armstrong, Daily News Staff Writer
When the Republicans are ready to party, many of them will head over to, of all places, West Philadelphia. They'll bypass the Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton and other fancy downtown venues to venture into the heart of one of Philadelphia's oldest and most diverse neighborhoods. "I've been joking with folks and saying we're going to be partying in the hood," said Della Clark, executive director of the Enterprise Center, a West Philadelphia business incubator. But it's not as if they will be going in droves to check out the scene at Scooters, a popular neighborhood nightspot.
NEWS
September 21, 2012 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer
A TODDLER in a blue baseball cap sat Wednesday in a stroller eating ice cream in West Philadelphia. His mother sat next to him in an orange bistro chair. Only six months ago, right where the pair were relaxing in the late-summer sun, cars and buses whizzed through what was a traffic triangle at 42nd Street and Woodland Avenue. Now the triangle is blocked off by large wooden planters filled with flowers and trees, and a small, dangerous "redundant" street has been removed to create a new minipark.
BUSINESS
October 4, 2013 | By Alison Burdo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Real estate developers keep moving into University City as the neighborhood continues to evolve as a desirable place to live and work, according to a report issued Wednesday by an area civic group. More than 6.6 million square feet of commercial or residential real estate is under construction or planned for the area, according to "The State of University City 2013/2014," produced by the University City District. Though opinions vary on neighborhood boundaries, the district defined its borders as the Schuylkill, 50th Street, Spring Garden Street, and Woodland Avenue.
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NEWS
July 19, 2016
By Matt Bergheiser Imagine applying to 42 jobs in three months and not landing a single interview. Imagine what it feels like to realize that even jobs at the lowest rungs of the career ladder require online applications when you haven't turned on a computer in years. Imagine being so desperate for income that you'll ride two trains and a bus for a chance at back-breaking day labor that might not even materialize. This story line is typical for citizens returning from prison, as a criminal conviction is often a career-ender, creating devastating impacts for individuals, families, and communities.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2015
Bryn Mawr Bank Corp. , Bryn Mawr, has elected Michael Clement and John May to its board. They had served as directors of Continental Bank Holdings Inc., which Bryn Mawr Bank Corp. acquired on Jan. 1. Clement is a partner with the law firm Wisler, Pearlstine, Talone, Garrity & Potash L.L.P. May is a partner in the corporate and securities department of Pepper Hamilton L.L.P. The University City District has named the following board members: Jamie Gauthier , executive director of the Sustainable Business Network and president of the Garden Court Community Association; Tom Klaritch , executive vice president of HCP; Mark Mills , president of the Metropolis Group; Joe Reagan , vice president-development at Wexford Science & Technologies; Joe Ritchie , vice president of development at Brandywine Realty Trust; and Joe Vitali , vice president of finance and administration at the University of the Sciences.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Take SEPTA's No. 34 trolley along Baltimore Avenue to 47th Street, and it will deposit you at the doorstep of Lee's Deli, home to such unusual creations as the Game Over Cheesesteak (chicken topped with shrimp and broccoli or spinach) and Tanzanian Fries (an East Africa-inspired omelet stuffed with fried potatoes, cheese, green peppers, and onions, and topped with hot sauce). You also will witness a 22-year-old business in transition, changing in response to a West Philadelphia neighborhood itself taking on a new look as young professionals and families move in. And if you introduce yourself to owner Insuk "Scott" Lee, behind the counter six days a week since he opened the corner eatery in 1993, you will experience a South Korean immigrant's abundant gratitude and joy in fulfilling his American entrepreneurial dream.
NEWS
January 15, 2015 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN & MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writers brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
THE MAY 19 DEMOCRATIC primary election is shaping up with some new faces expected on the ballot and one veteran city politician wrapping up her tenure. City Councilwoman Marian Tasco, leader of the 50th Ward, told her committee people Monday night that she will not run for an eighth term in the 9th District. Tasco yesterday said she hopes state Rep. Cherelle Parker takes her place on Council. Parker, who started her career as a high-school intern in Tasco's City Hall office, said she has been in "nonstop" conversations since Monday's announcement.
NEWS
January 15, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Paul Steinke, former general manager of the Reading Terminal Market, announced his bid Tuesday for an at-large City Council seat, calling himself a candidate with a track record of transforming the city for the better. Standing in front of the wide windows of a Center City bar across from the market he oversaw for 13 years, the Democrat said his life's work has been "creating growth and producing results. " "Our city deservedly is an international destination, known for its great history.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
Can the Schuylkill ever play a role like the Chicago River or Paris' Seine - a source of beauty and vitality that unites riverside neighborhoods like Center City and University City rather than dividing them? It's a decades-old dream, but key pieces are finally falling into place, according to civic leaders and developers who joined a panel discussion Tuesday at the Union League sponsored by the Central Philadelphia Development Corp. On both sides of the river, new projects such as Brandywine Realty Trust's 47-story FMC Tower at 30th and Walnut Streets and PMC Property Group's million-square-foot complex planned at 2400 Market St. are paying closer attention than their predecessors to the streetscape and river.
REAL_ESTATE
July 14, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
He's the man who built Campus Apartments in University City from a regional student-housing company into a national firm. David Adelman, who took over from the Campus Apartments founder, is branching out into office space in West Philadelphia - and he's looking to attract a key anchor tenant, such as Google, to lease his former factory space at 4101 Sansom St. The retrofitted printing-press shop here is known as the Graphic Arts Lithographers building...
NEWS
November 26, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
WHEN PANSY CLARKE bought two five-story fixer-uppers in West Philadelphia several years ago, the registered nurse planned to convert them to an assisted-living facility. But those plans, like the dilapidated properties, soon began to crumble. Clarke had gotten a sizable blanket mortgage for another property she owned in Delaware County, which blocked her from taking out more funds to fix up the Chestnut Street properties. As a result, the buildings sat empty, causing a huge eyesore on an otherwise rising block just a stone's throw from the old West Philly High.
BUSINESS
October 4, 2013 | By Alison Burdo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Real estate developers keep moving into University City as the neighborhood continues to evolve as a desirable place to live and work, according to a report issued Wednesday by an area civic group. More than 6.6 million square feet of commercial or residential real estate is under construction or planned for the area, according to "The State of University City 2013/2014," produced by the University City District. Though opinions vary on neighborhood boundaries, the district defined its borders as the Schuylkill, 50th Street, Spring Garden Street, and Woodland Avenue.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
To some, they are former diamonds in the rough, locales that a decade or so of change has polished into something now truly unique. And many have made the cut as city neighborhoods that the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. will be showcasing in a new, two-year campaign. The 14 areas, to be unveiled Friday as part of the campaign's launch, are: Fairmount, Spring Garden, Graduate Hospital, Callowhill, Bella Vista, East Passyunk, Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Queen Village, Pennsport, Cedar Park, Spruce Hill, University City, and Powelton Village.
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