March 2, 2015

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 […]
February 27, 2015

Philadelphians Asked to Open Homes For Papal Visitors

With the Pope’s visit coming up in September, Philadelphia is expecting a considerable lodging shortage. The number of pilgrims and out-of-towners coming to see the pontiff hold a Festival of Families and a Mass service on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is expected to number in the millions, and it seems like every hotel room within two hours’ distance from the […]
February 26, 2015

Food Bloggers Tackle Center City

Looking to whet your appetite, or just to indulge in some local food porn? You need look no further than 22nd & Philly, a food blog run by Center City couple Bradd and Kristy. The pair have built up a social media following out of visiting local restaurants and posting reviews with delicious-looking photos. Food blogging is a very 21st-century […]
February 25, 2015
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This Year’s Philadelphia Flower Show Takes Inspiration From the Movies

Didn’t get enough of Hollywood glitz this past weekend with the Oscars? Head on down to the Philadelphia Flower Show, which this year is taking its inspiration from the silver screen. With a theme of “Celebrate the Movies,” the show will take visitors down a red carpet and into an Art Deco theater – all constructed of flowers. The Flower […]
February 23, 2015

Cell Companies Prepare For Pope’s Crowds

How exactly do cell companies prepare for the load of millions of people all using their phones at the same time? That’s the quandary currently being worked out in Philadelphia, which is preparing for a September visit by Pope Francis. Upwards of two million people are expected to jam the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as the pontiff holds both a mass […]
February 20, 2015

Ringing In the Chinese New Year In Philadelphia

Chinatown is ringing in the Chinese New Year in high style this week! Yesterday marked the actual New Year, but a whole week of celebrations has been planned in Philadelphia’s Asian quarter. Expect parades, dancing, and plenty of food to mark the occasion. On Sunday the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation will host the Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Parade. Organizer Weiling […]
February 19, 2015

Inside Channing Tatum’s Beverly Hills Home

One can easily get jaded looking at pictures of beautiful homes all the time. After a while, you see a fantastic Hollywood mansion and it looks the same as just about every other one. An occupational ennui sets in, so to speak. It’s the only reason I can fathom why the writers at Curbed LA decided to call Channing Tatum’s […]
February 18, 2015

“Rocky” Returns to Philadelphia!

Philadelphia is known for plenty of things. We have the Liberty Bell, the cheesesteaks… and Rocky. There are few movie scenes as iconic to a particular place as the one in which Rocky (played by the inimitable Sylvester Stallone) runs up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art as “Gonna Fly Now” plays in the background. Rocky, a champion […]
February 17, 2015

Celebrity Real Estate Shorts: 2/17/15

Joan Rivers has been dead for five months now, and her Upper East Side (Manhattan) penthouse is on the market. The swanky home is listed for $28 million. Rivers herself had been trying to unload the penthouse since 2012. She had it listed at $29.5 million. The home is a triplex of 5,100 square feet sporting decor that sources say […]
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