December 20, 2016
scioli turco

Scioli Turco – Busting Blight in Philadelphia

Utilizing an obscure state law that allows private citizens to take conservatorship of blighted properties, a pair of Philadelphia residents are making the city look better, one lot at a time. Joel Palmer, a retired pharmaceutical salesman, and Jeffrey Goldman, a database analyst, are both from Bella Vista. Together, they are Scioli Turco, a pair of what the Philadelphia Inquirer […]
December 20, 2016
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Philadelphia Boys Choir Heading to Cuba

The bestselling Philadelphia Boys Choir, which in the past has performed for the Pope and for the Queen of England, is again hitting the road… this time heading to Cuba. The Choir is known as an integral part of the holiday season in the City of Brotherly Love, performing regularly on CBS3 each Christmas morning. The Choir’s performances have regularly […]
December 16, 2016
comcast

Comcast Business Makes 15-Year Deal With Philadelphia

The ink has just dried on a fifteen-year deal between cable giant Comcast Business and the City of Philadelphia. As announced by city officials on Monday morning, the deal will see “significant upgrades” to the broadband network of the municipal government. As part of the agreement, Comcast will help the city build an institutional network, or iNet. Furthermore, the city’s […]
December 15, 2016
Secret Santa

Secret Santa Helps Kids at Elementary Schools

The holiday season is all about giving. From warm hugs to fresh-baked cookies to the biggest, most elaborate present under the Christmas tree, there is nothing like the feeling of brightening someone’s day. Accordingly, the holidays often become an opportunity for caring souls to dispense random acts of kindness, just like the one that occurred recently at H.W. Good Elementary […]
December 14, 2016
lidl

Lidl, German Grocery Chain, Plans First Philly Location

Lidl, a German grocery chain that competes fiercely with discounter Aldi in both companies’ native land, is planning its launch in the United States. Strike 1 in the battle for grocery store supremacy? A location in Philadelphia, in the Port Richmond neighborhood. Lidl, which has its U.S. base in Arlington, Virginia, recently bought up two parcels covering nearly four acres […]
December 13, 2016

Soda Tax Varies With Terminals at PHL

It’s been at least a couple of months since we’ve heard of any drama over the soda tax, so clearly the time is nigh for a little fizzy brouhaha. The controversial tax on sweetened beverages, passed into Philadelphia law by Mayor Jim Kenney, is back in the headlines. This time, it has to do with the size of Philadelphia International […]
December 12, 2016
philadelphia

Philly News Briefs: 12/12/16

1.) Las Vegas isn’t the only “Sin City” in the United States. According to a – scientifically spurious – study by personal finance site WalletHub, Philadelphia ranks as the 28th “most sinful” city in America. The study took into account factors inspired by the seven deadly sins: lust, gluttony, sloth, wrath, envy, pride, and greed. In news that should come […]
December 8, 2016
vertical neighborhood

“Vertical Neighborhood” Coming to University City

An enormous new skyscraper in University City is home to what developers are calling Philadelphia’s first “vertical neighborhood” – a place where living space, offices, and multiple amenities like entertainment and dining come together under one roof. FMC Tower is 830,000 square feet and combines hotels and apartments for hybrid luxury suites where residents can stay for one day or […]
December 7, 2016
sanctuary

Mayor Kenney Refuses to Give on Sanctuary City Status

The president-elect of the United States might take a hard line on undocumented immigrants, but Philadelphia will remain a “sanctuary city,” says Mayor Jim Kenney. Kenney, a Democrat, has steadfastly remained that the City of Brotherly Love will remain progressive even in the face of Donald Trump’s feelings or eventual policies against oppressed groups, including undocumented immigrants, minorities, and the […]
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