March 13, 2015
gold cup

“Super Bowl of Soccer” Coming to Philly!

…and the special events just keep coming! Following much-publicized news that Philadelphia would host the pope’s first United States visit in September and next year’s Democratic National Convention comes the word that the city will host the Gold Cup final, which is considered the biggest soccer event in North America and Central America. The CONCACAF, which is the governing body […]
March 12, 2015
bailey

Woman Is Philly’s Only GOP Mayoral Candidate

A heretofore unknown woman has cast her hat into the ring of Philadelphia’s race for the next mayor. Melissa Murray Bailey is a rare unknown quantity in the mayoral field, a political virgin. To add to the strangeness of it all, she’s the only Republican candidate who signed up to run. For extra novelty factor, she’s also the youngest candidate […]
March 11, 2015
concourse

Cleaning House In the SEPTA Concourse

If you’ve ever been down to the SEPTA concourse – a long and winding series of tunnels running underground from the Comcast Building to the Gallery Mall – you know that it’s a confusing (and, let’s be frank, somewhat scary) place to try and navigate. Dank, poorly-lit corridors, ambiguous signage, and a general sense of disrepair all impact visitors’ perception […]
March 10, 2015
Philadelphia

More Conventions Coming to Philly

Hot on the heels of news that the Pope will come to Philly in September and the Democratic National Convention will show up next year comes the news that two significant gatherings of Jewish leaders will convene in the City of Brotherly Love. The first  of the two is the National Jewish Day School Conference, a three-day gathering at the […]
March 9, 2015
prince

Film Society Buys Theater

Is there anything quite as tragic as an empty theater? There’s something especially poignant about an abandoned stage, where once singers sang and actors acted and dancers danced to bring artistic joy to the masses. Of course, not every theater can stay open forever. Still, it’s inspiring when a party steps in to ensure that a haven for the arts […]
March 6, 2015
rosas

Helping the Homeless One Slice at a Time in Center City

When pizza slices cost just one dollar, it’s easy to order extra. Such is the premise behind a generous giving scheme at Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Center City, where customers foot the bill to buy slices of pizza for the homeless. NPR recently produced a story on the restaurant, which is doing its part to help feed the homeless in […]
March 5, 2015
ubahn

New Pub/Resto Comes to Center City

Joining the expansive, varied Center City eating and drinking scene is U-Bahn, described as “a new underground stop for all things local — food, beer, and music.” This shrine to “Philly street food” will also thrill those who love their beer. The pub will sport eighteen brews on tap between two bars. A custom tower will serve Yards Philadelphia Pale […]
March 4, 2015
marketplace

Shop ’til You Drop At the Flower Show

When you think about the Philadelphia Flower Show, what do you imagine? Do you think of simply strolling amongst beautiful flowers and literally stopping to smell the roses? Maybe you’ve heard of the extravagant, Hollywood-inspired displays at this year’s show and are looking forward to feasting your eyes on all the prettiness. Little do you know, however, that there is […]
March 2, 2015
classroom

Philadelphia Sells Schools For Cash

How does a city simultaneously solve the problems of school budget deficits and unused school buildings sitting empty? Easy – it kills two birds with one stone and sells the schools for cash. Such is the case in Philly, where the school district has netted $42 million in the last two years by selling off 12 former schools. As many […]
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