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(With the former Inquirer headquarters as a backdrop, Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke announces formation of "Avenue North Renaissance."  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

New Agency Formed To Promote North Broad Street Revival

A new agency is hoping to do for North Broad Street what the “Avenue of the Arts” has done for South Broad, according to City Council president Darrell Clarke.

05/14/2014

(The former headquarters building of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Lawmakers Move To Scrub Area Near Proposed Casino

The possibility of a casino on North Broad Street, near Callowhill, is prompting a move in Philadelphia City Council to stave off new pawn shops, payday loan operations, and other shady credit businesses in that area.

04/21/2014

(Developer Bart Blatstein, left, with entertainment promoter Larry Magid, right.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Noted Promoter Hired To Help Program Entertainment For Proposed ‘Provence’ Casino

Magid was hired by developer Bart Blatstein (left). “We are obviously going to go for the biggest names,” Magid (right) said.

03/19/2014

(File photo.  Credit: Philippe Lopez/ AFP/ Getty Images.)

Rivalry Intense For Philadelphia’s Second Casino License

With hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue from table games and slot machines potentially at stake, the five applicants will make their final pitches to state gambling regulators this week.

01/26/2014

The vacant lot at Broad and Washington has been an eyesore for decades. (credit: Pat Loeb)

Bart Blatstein Has Big (Secret) Plans For Vacant Lot At Broad And Washington

He’s entered into a contract with the New York owners, Hudson Capital, to buy the lot for an undisclosed amount. He also declines to give many details about his project

01/15/2014

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2013 IN REVIEW: Applicants Try Their Hand at Second Casino License In Philadelphia

The six applicants interested in a second casino license to be issued in Philadelphia showed their best hands this year.

12/27/2013

(Pennsylvnai Gaming Control Board) (credit: KYW's Tony Romeo)

Synagogue, Schools File Petition Against Applicant For Philadelphia’s Second Casino License

A gaming board spokesman says Congregation Rodeph Shalom and two schools near the casino proposed for Broad and Callowhill Streets have filed a petition with the board seeking to intervene in opposition to the project, to be developed by Bart Blatstein.

12/14/2013

(Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke, left, and developer Bart Blatstein.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Construction Underway On North Philly Shopping Center

Developer Bart Blatstein described the 9th Street Marketplace, saying, “This is a 40,000 square foot, $20 million shopping center at 9th and Girard.”

11/14/2013

(Bart Blatstein speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new shopping center at 9th Street and Girard Avenue in Philadelphia.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Rival Casino Developer Not Surprised By Steve Wynn’s Bow-Out

Developer Bart Blatstein, one of the remaining applicants for Philadelphia’s second casino license, says this week’s withdrawal of Wynn’s application removes what Blatstein calls a “distraction.”

11/13/2013

(Kiki Bolender of the Design Advocacy Group testifies before the Pa. Gaming Control Board.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Second Day Of Gaming Control Board Hearings On Philadelphia Casino License

Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger told the panel at some point the city will make a recommendation, but for now, they’re still evaluating each of the proposals.

04/12/2013

Voters in Pennsylvania believe the state has enough slot machines. (FILE: credit CBS 3)

Six Groups Make Pitch For Second Casino License In Philadelphia

The six applicants who are in a spirited competition for a second casino license to be issued in Philadelphia all made their presentations during an all-day hearing on Tuesday before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

02/12/2013

(The former State Office Building is now called Tower Place.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Former Office Building at Broad & Spring Garden Rededicated as Rental Apartments

A landmark Philadelphia building on North Broad Street has begun its new life.

01/08/2013

(The former headquarters of the Inquirer and Daily News.  File photo by William Thomas Cain/ Getty Images)

2012 Year in Review: Philadelphia’s Daily Newspapers Sold — Again

This year saw Philadelphia’s two daily newspapers change hands for the fourth time in five years, in a secretive deal that involved hedge funds, local political bosses, and the censoring of reporters’ stories.

12/28/2012

(The Pennsylvania Gambling Control Board.  File photo by Tony Romeo)

Another Philadelphia Casino Applicant Emerges at 11th Hour

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board says it has received six applications for Philadelphia’s second casino license — including one that wasn’t on the radar screen until now.

11/16/2012

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Pa. Casino Board Solicits Applications For 2nd Philadelphia Gambling Hall

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is reminding prospective developers that the deadline to apply for Philadelphia’s second casino license is just three weeks away.

10/24/2012

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