Hundreds attended the opening of the brand new, renovated public space. It took 2½ years for the massive makeover.
The opening is about four months late and about ten percent over budget, but the public will be able to return to the plaza, on the west apron of City Hall, starting on Thursday, September 4th.
The owners have attracted a partner to help renovate the aging downtown mall.
“During the last two years, we’ve encountered the normal things you find underground in a very old city,” notes Center City District president Paul Levy.
The new “Imagination Playground” has giant, soft building blocks in various shapes that children can use to build whatever comes to mind.
There have been a lot of guesses on how they might be able to transform that slightly frayed mall and its surrounding area, including the possible addition of an anchor store like a Bloomingdale’s.
The discussion, titled “Philadelphia Taxes — Past, Present and Future.” was organized by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Temple University’s Center on Regional Politics.
Work crews have begun the next phase of the massive renovation of Dilworth Plaza, on the west apron of City Hall.
Officials cut the ribbon one year to the day after ground was broken on the $5-million project that’s designed to draw visitors through a variety of amenities.
Thousands of dollars are being raised to increase the street canopy in Philadelphia.
The $50-million project has begun, and officials say it will completely transform the plaza above and below ground.
Many people now take school “catchment” zones into consideration when looking to buy a family home.
“For those people who are building and selling housing, one way to guarantee the continual value of that real estate is to make sure that the families who are living there have good schools,” says the head of a community services district.
“There has to be a strong parent organization that supports those schools if you expect the school to succeed,” says one local real estate agent.
A Phialdelphia city council committee has given thumbs-up to a measure that would allow for large-scale electronic signage on Market Street East in center city.