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Pope’s Schedule for Visit Released

July 1st, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Pope’s Schedule for Visit Released

The beginning of July brings us just a bit closer to Pope Francis' September visit - and yesterday brought us news of the pontiff's official schedule for his stop in Philadelphia. The pope will visit New York and Washington D.C. before spending time in Philly. Saturday, September 26th will see the pope arrive at Philadelphia International Airport from New York City. Right from there he will take a motorcade to Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, where he will celebrate...Read More

Philly News Briefs: 6/30/15

June 30th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Philly News Briefs: 6/30/15

1.) A 9,000 square foot beer garden is coming to Center City. Uptown Beer Garden will be opening at 1735 JFK Blvd. in the courtyard of the BNY Mellon Bank Center. It is the brainchild of Teddy Sourias, the owner of Finn McCool's Ale House, Bru Craft & Wurst, and U-Bahn. The beer garden is a pop-up concept - it will open July 1st and run through September. It is large enough to seat almost 500 people. The menu at...Read More

Visitors Flock to Philadelphia as City Popularity Grows

June 29th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Visitors Flock to Philadelphia as City Popularity Grows

Following news that Pope Francis will be coming to the city in September came news last week that superstar singer Beyonce and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli would also be making appearances in the fall. If it seems to you lately like Philadelphia's star is on the rise, you aren't mistaken. The city is currently riding a wave of popularity that has seen much excitement gravitating in its direction. Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of Visit Philadelphia, was quoted recently by BizJournals.com...Read More

TargetExpress Coming to 19th & Chestnut

June 26th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on TargetExpress Coming to 19th & Chestnut

I've extolled my love for Target previously in this space. There's just something about the store that's hard not to like - great prices, a good selection, and friendly associates. What more could you want? Unfortunately, Center City has long been denied their own experience of the Target love. By around this time next year, however, that problem will be remedied. A TargetExpress store is coming to 19th and Chestnut, in the space previously occupied by the historic Boyd Theater. Target had...Read More

Center City, Discount Heaven

June 24th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Center City, Discount Heaven

Look around Center City's retail scene, and what do you see? You're likely to notice plenty of "discount" retailers like H&M, Century 21, Marshall's, and Nordstrom Rack. More may be coming soon: Neiman Marcus’ Last Call and Saks’ Off 5th are said to be interested in moving in. You'll soon see a spate of outlets available at Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia. Clearly, "inexpensive" is the name of the game when it comes to what Center City has on offer. But why...Read More

Philly News Briefs: 6/23/15

June 23rd, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Philly News Briefs: 6/23/15

1.) Philadelphia and several surrounding counties - Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware and Chester - are dropping ReadyNotifyPA in favor of a new emergency notification system. The new system takes advantage of newer technology to amplify services already available to the public, says Samantha Phillips, Philadelphia’s Emergency Operations Director. In addition to e-mails and text alerts, which were available under ReadyNotifyPA, the new system will also integrate voice notifications - crucial for those who don't text or have internet capabilities. Residents will...Read More

Philadelphia Experiences Hotel Building Boom

June 22nd, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Philadelphia Experiences Hotel Building Boom

The city of Philadelphia is currently in the midst of a hotel building boom. The building activity going on right now hasn't been seen since the late 1990s. Builders are taking advantage of a wave of tourism, as well as business from convention-goers and those who come to Philly for work. Those who support the hotels' building say that the increase in rooms is needed to support Philadelphia's higher profile as a destination for all kinds of travel. It's believed...Read More

Philly to Tax Airbnb Rentals

June 19th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Philly to Tax Airbnb Rentals

Home rental services like Airbnb have, until recently, been technically illegal in the city of Philadelphia. The popular service hooks up homeowners with short-term renters (so that people can rent an extra bedroom or a vacant apartment, for instance), similar to hotel stays  - but those who use Airbnb and similar services have not had to pay Philadelphia's 8.5% hotel tax. That is about to change. Yesterday, the City Council voted unanimously (15-0) to institute the hotel tax on home rentals....Read More

Dalai Lama to Visit Philly in October

June 18th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Dalai Lama to Visit Philly in October

Hot on the heels of the Pope's much-touted visit to Philadelphia in September will come the arrival of another prominent world leader... the Dalai Lama, who will be honored with the prestigious Liberty Medal in late October. The announcement was made this morning. The Dalai Lama is being recognized for his compassion and commitment to promoting human rights around the globe. In announcing the honor, National Constitution Center CEO Jeffrey Rosen mentioned that the leader has "emphasized the ideals of freedom,...Read More

Pope’s Visit Will “Overwhelm” Public Transportation

June 17th, 2015 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off on Pope’s Visit Will “Overwhelm” Public Transportation

As Philadelphia prepares to welcome Pope Francis in September, city officials are also bracing for the onslaught of some two million visitors entering the city to come see the pontiff. Having so many people within city limits poses certain logistic complications, of course. There are lodging considerations - where will everyone stay? And then, of course, there's the question of how they will get around. Philadelphia is a city that thrives on public transportation. Many people in the city center...Read More