November 9, 2013 |
Philadelphia and its suburbs are slowly making good on an ambitious plan to build a 750-mile network of biking and walking paths throughout the region. Mayor Nutter last week opened a 12-foot-wide, 1.6-mile-long asphalt sidewalk along North Delaware Avenue through the industrial heartland of Port Richmond, and this month, Chester County will open a seven-mile segment of the Chester Valley Trail along Route 202 near Chesterbrook. A $10 million, 2,000-foot-long concrete "boardwalk" being built out into the Schuylkill will extend the Schuylkill River Trail from Locust Street to the South Street Bridge in 2014.
October 31, 2013 |
Ed Rendell didn't ask the hundreds gathered Tuesday evening at the Masonic Temple for the Avenue of the Arts Inc.'s 20th anniversary celebration to close their eyes and dream of a vibrant city in the future. That future is now. But he did recall the early days of his mayoralty, and asked those in attendance to remember 1992, when "businesses were trying to get out as fast as they could. " The city faced bankruptcy. Residents were leaving, companies were not moving in. So Rendell grabbed hold of an idea that was percolating at the time and made it a key piece of his economic development plans: transform South Broad Street into an Avenue of the Arts.
October 4, 2013 |
TO GET TO what those in the know called Wal-Mart Beach - a picturesque outcropping along the Delaware River - it used to be you'd have to squeeze through a hole in a chain-link fence behind a mega-retailer before trudging down a narrow, overgrown path. "I think it was mostly a hangout for homeless people and drug addicts," said Steve "The Rock" Johnson, a bicycle mechanic who stumbled upon the South Philly locale this summer. While exploring he noticed that someone had left behind stone steps, seats and fire pits.
September 30, 2013 |
Second of three parts, on successive Sundays. For more than a dozen years, philanthropy in Philadelphia was led by a powerful quartet. In various combinations, the Pew Charitable Trusts, William Penn Foundation, the Annenbergs, and the Lenfests lined up behind arts and culture. They built: Without them, Philadelphia might have no National Constitution Center or new, altered Barnes Foundation on the Parkway. They rescued: Had they not stepped in to cover construction debt, the Kimmel Center would have drowned in red ink. And they preserved: When The Gross Clinic , Thomas Eakins' important canvas, was on the brink of being sold off to the National Gallery of Art in Washington and an Arkansas museum backed by Wal-Mart heirs, calls were made, checks written, a deal was struck, and the painting's continued residency was assured.
September 19, 2013 |
ZRG Partners headhunter Natalie H. Brooks says she has "total confidence" she can find a new leader for the $1.9 billion William Penn Foundation in the next four months. "The board is ready, the staff is ready, everybody externally is ready," Brooks said Monday over coffee in Center City a few blocks from the foundation's headquarters. Brooks said she had interviewed candidates but would not name them. The previous president, Jeremy Nowak, resigned in a disagreement with the board in November 2012 after being hired in April 2011 and developing a 10-year plan for the organization.
September 11, 2013 |
The $1.9 billion William Penn Foundation, which abruptly parted ways with president Jeremy Nowak in November 2012 over "style" issues, says it has retained a head-hunting firm and is searching for a new leader. The search comes after months of board discussions over a new management structure and needs of the foundation, board chair David Haas said Monday. Natalie Brooks, managing partner with ZRG Partners in Philadelphia, has been hired to help find a new leader. She expects to identify one by the end of the year.
July 13, 2013 |
The founder of a Philadelphia nonprofit journalism start-up has resigned because the cash-strapped organization could no longer afford to retain him as CEO, he announced Thursday. AxisPhilly, founded in January 2012 by Neil Budde, 57, is facing dim financial prospects and plans to reduce its yearly budget by half. The reduction includes savings from the departure of Budde, a former Wall Street Journal editor who said only that his compensation was aligned with an organization with a $1 million yearly budget.
March 28, 2013
The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. plans to launch on April 5 a two-year marketing campaign that will highlight the city's neighborhoods - Fairmount, for example - through various ads and a heavy social-media presence. The campaign is being funded by a grant from the William Penn Foundation and is intended to link up with other recent GPTMC campaigns, including one on the city's food scene, president and chief executive Meryl Levitz said Tuesday. "It was clear another Philadelphia was coming up and getting into people's consciousness - but one not yet explored," Levitz said.
February 22, 2013 |
The William Penn Foundation said Wednesday that it would resume consideration of grant requests from city agencies, after the city Board of Ethics ruled that the foundation's largesse would not trigger the city's lobbying ordinance. If it were subject to that ordinance, the foundation would be forced to register and make quarterly financial disclosures. In a brief statement attributed to spokesman Tim Spreitzer, the foundation thanked the board for clarifying the scope of the lobbying ordinance.
February 17, 2013 |
AWEEK AFTER the William Penn Foundation suspended new grants to the city, Mayor Nutter asked the Ethics Board on Friday to issue a statement to resolve concerns related to the city's lobbying rules. The foundation reportedly paid a consulting group to develop a restructuring plan for the school district. The funding was subsequently the subject of a complaint filed with the Ethics Board by Parents United alleging that the foundation had violated lobbying rules. In a letter to Shane Creamer, the board's executive director, Nutter urged the board to "clarify that the ordinance does not apply to grants that are made at the request of City Departments or city-related agencies.