June 17, 2019
mannequin

Update: Fashion District Philadelphia Making Progress

The site of the former, rundown and depressing Gallery Mall in Center City is undergoing a Cinderella-worthy transformation as its new incarnation, Fashion District Philadelphia, shapes up. In the capable hands of local mall operator Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) and Santa Monica, CA-based Macerich, the new mall is attracting tenants quickly as it approaches its planned September 19th […]
June 13, 2019
traffic jam

Philly Officials Target Center City Traffic

Anyone who has the dubious pleasure of driving through Center City during rush hour (which lasts pretty much all day with no break between the morning and afternoon gridlock), on the weekend when special events are going on, or pretty much any time barring maybe the middle of the night knows that our downtown area has a severe traffic problem. […]
June 12, 2019
fixer upper

The Warning Signs of a Bad Fixer-Upper

Buying a fixer-upper is a tricky thing to accomplish successfully. On one hand, some DIY and investment of both time and money can get you a dream house that you’d normally never be able to afford, in the neighborhood highest on your wish-list, with more space/amenities/charm than you’d dare to hope for. On the other, sometimes the house is an […]
June 11, 2019
living room

First-Time Landlord? How to Tell Myth From Facts

Property values in Philadelphia are booming. As arguably the most dynamic and up-and-coming big city on the East Coast, the City of Brotherly Love enjoys a certain, undeniable cache that makes people want to live there, especially in hot neighborhoods like Old City, Strawberry Mansion, Bella Vista, and Avenue of the Arts. If you happen to be lucky enough to […]
June 10, 2019
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Cheers to the Return of Center City Sips!

A beloved Philadelphia summertime tradition is back again! (And no, I don’t mean dumpster pools.) Starting this past Wednesday, June 5th, and continuing through the whole sun-kissed extent of the season, Center City Sips will take to the streets of downtown every hump day between 5 and 7 in the evening, jazzing you up for the coming weekend and giving […]
June 6, 2019
orchestra

Philadelphia Orchestra Celebrates Huge Donation

In the past ten years or so, the Philadelphia Orchestra has unfortunately been just as known for its myriad financial woes as it has for the delicate beauty of its music. Back in 2011, the orchestra filed for bankruptcy, which lead to a hiring freeze that knocked staff from 105 musicians (the traditional amount) to 95, or ten less. That […]
June 5, 2019
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Best Charter Schools in Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s charter schools are an integral part of the education system in the City of Brotherly Love. The Charter School Office is a separate department within the School District of Philadelphia‘s Board of Education, and each charter school maintains their own charter (hence the name) that frees them from some of the requirements that public schools have to maintain. The […]
June 4, 2019
cream cheese

The Cheese is a Lie – The Truth About “Philadelphia” Cream Cheese

Just imagine that, every time you went to the grocery store in your adult life and bought your favorite bagel schmear, you’d been lied to. Okay, so that’s overdramatic. But we need to talk about Philadelphia Cream Cheese, a popular item from the dairy aisle that has been misleading consumers since 1880. The T is that this delicious, spreadable soft […]
June 3, 2019
carnation

A Popular Holiday Had a Philadelphia Beginning

Mother’s Day is now behind us, but while you were celebrating your mom and how awesome she is, did you ever consider who we have to thank for the special day? The answer is: a Philadelphian woman, Anna Jarvis. Jarvis coordinated the celebration of the first Mother’s Day in 1908. Congress made it an official holiday in 1914. Jarvis, being […]
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