March 21, 2014 |
Under Pennsylvania's Keystone Opportunity Zone Program, 617 businesses received city tax credits worth $384.7 million from 1999 through 2012, according to a report released Wednesday by Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz. But 424 of those firms were partnerships or limited liability companies that had no employees paying wage taxes - the main short-term payoff for Philadelphia under the KOZ program, which virtually eliminates state and local business taxes for companies that move into underdeveloped, desolate areas.
March 9, 2014 |
MANTUA Walking through trash-strewn lots and past dilapidated houses, Mayor Nutter and Federal Housing Administration Commissioner Carol Galante listened to officials and community leaders talk about the future transformation of Mantua. The tour was the first one for city and federal officials since President Obama designated Mantua a Promise Zone. "We will bring back Mantua," the mayor said. The one-hour jaunt, which started at 37th and Brown Streets and ended about an hour later at 35th Street and Fairmount Avenue, allowed the entourage to envision possibilities, such as a transit stop at Philadelphia Zoo, 34th Street and Mantua Avenue, and a 10-block greenway along Mantua, a street now littered with diapers and other trash.
March 2, 2014 |
MIDDLETOWN TWP. A decade after the Franklin Mint closed, its round museum building still sits vacant along busy Baltimore Pike in Delaware County. Development of the prominent property has been plagued by opposition from residents, a slow economy, and - most recently - a legal battle among the developers. But the plan took a step forward this week when a revised zoning ordinance won approval from the Middletown Township Council. The site, with more than 170 acres, could now have 350 townhouses, offices, retail space, and a hotel.
February 16, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A year after working in a grueling role as the pitching coach for lightning-rod manager Bobby Valentine during a disastrous season for the Boston Red Sox, Bob McClure stepped away from baseball. He watched a lot of games on TV during the summer of 2013, but McClure also spent a lot of time chasing his now 2-year-old twin boys, Teddy and Brock, through his Florida home. This summer, McClure will be in charge of raising the kids in the Phillies' bullpen, among other responsibilities.
February 15, 2014 |
When the Army 307th Military Police Company pulled up to a police station in the Shinwar district of Afghanistan in October 2011, a little white-and-brown spotted dog appeared. The soldiers, especially Sgt. T.J. Homan, began caring for the stray. The soldiers named her "Lil B," short for Little Beethoven because she looked like a Saint Bernard. Lil B eventually bonded with the 27-year-old Homan. The pup slept in his cot, snuggling with Homan and sometimes stealing a boot during the night.
January 25, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA At a meeting full of new business on everything from banning e-cigarettes to building a skyscraper, City Council on Thursday wrapped up an old debate from the two-year-old rewrite of the zoning code. This was actually the second time Council had changed the rules for "registered community organizations," the neighborhood and interest groups that must be notified and consulted on building projects launched on their turf. A year ago, Council approved changes championed by Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell, even overriding a mayoral veto of her bill.
January 22, 2014 |
THE LAST TIME Creighton's Doug McDermott walked out of the Wells Fargo Center, he did so with a broken heart. The plane ride back to Omaha, Neb., was particularly difficult. He cried heavily after Duke had disposed of the Bluejays in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Plus, he had a huge decision to make: go pro or come back for his senior year. Buoyed by the heartache from that ride back to Nebraska, as well as Creighton's move from the respectable Missouri Valley into the rugged Big East, McDermott decided to return.
January 15, 2014 |
CHERRY HILL The suitability of a luxury apartment complex for a site near a busy Cherry Hill intersection remained the dividing line between attorneys at a Superior Court hearing Monday. The case underscores development tensions in one of the most heavily built-up municipalities in the state, and tests whether zoning can be changed if a project is deemed to promote the public welfare. The Cherry Hill zoning board in September 2012 granted use and height variances sought by Buckingham Partners of Cherry Hill for the residential complex.
January 14, 2014 |
It's a part of West Philadelphia known mostly for hardship and hard tries. The infamous Lex Street massacre occurred there, when gunmen lined up 10 people in the dining room of a crack house and opened fire, killing seven in 2000. It also was the home turf of the late, fearless antidrug activist Herman Wrice, whom President George H.W. Bush called "the John Wayne of Philadelphia. " Now, government officials and community activists say this stricken stretch of the city has a chance to become known for something else: revival.
January 11, 2014 |
MANTUA President Obama pointed to one of Philadelphia's most depressing statistics - nearly four in 10 children live below the poverty line - as one of the main reasons the city's Mantua section was chosen as one of the nation's first five Promise Zones. The president officially announced Thursday that West Philadelphia, in particular the Mantua neighborhood, would receive federal help from the new Promise Zones program, aimed at cutting unemployment, poverty, and crime, enhancing education, and attracting private-sector investment and jobs.