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  • 09 Sep 2022 2:53 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The rise of digital news and the pandemic have decimated a once thriving business. Survivors are pivoting to snacks and lottery.

    Philadelphia newsstands disappearing, fewer than 100 remain - On top of Philly news (

  • 08 Sep 2022 5:12 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Starbucks is planning to open a new store in Center City Philadelphia that will be a radically scaled-down facility for the national chain, after it said it was closing another downtown store over the summer, along with 15 other U.S. locations, citing safety concerns for employees.

    At less than 1,600 square feet, the planned store at 1709 Chestnut will be for take-out only: it willnot have public seating or a public bathroom, according to the leasing agent involved in the deal.

    “Starbucks is always looking for great locations to better meet the needs of our customers, and we are happy to confirm that we will be opening a new Starbucks Pickup store location in Philadelphia,” a company spokesperson said.

    Larry Steinberg, a commercial leasing agent who worked with Starbucks on the new store, described the design as a departure from the norm for the Seattle-based chain.

    “I’ve done a bunch of Starbucks leases and this is the first one that they are calling their new urban concept,” said Steinberg, senior managing director with Collier’s urban retail division in Philadelphia.

    With this new concept “they’re avoiding having to entertain the public, and give them seating and bathrooms,” he said. “Then they don’t have to deal with any of these other issues.”

    When Starbucks announced the closure of its location at 10th and Chestnut Streets in July, along with 15 other stores on the West Coast and in Washington, D.C., the company said its baristas were facing safety issues and broader societal challenges that “play out within our stores.”

    Staff are“seeing firsthand the challenges facing our communities – personal safety, racism, lack of access to healthcare, a growing mental health crisis, rising drug use,” read an open letter signed by Debbie Stroud and Denise Nelsen, senior vice presidents of U.S. operations.

    Starbucks, in the July letter, said it would consider adjusting store formats, furniture layouts, and operating hours, and using restroom occupancy sensors to ensure it could continue providing a “safe, welcoming, and kind third place.”

    The notion of a “third place,” is meant to evoke a space for human interaction outside the home or the workplace. For decades, Starbucks has traded on this concept, providing public WiFi, abundant tables, bathrooms and, until 2019, print newspapers.

    But drug use in bathrooms at Starbucks’ 10th and Chestnut location, and at other businesses nearby, was a problem, the head of the Center City District business group told The Inquirer in July.

    “They closed [the 10th and Chestnut location] because they are tired of needles in their bathroom,” said Steinberg.

    Starbucks had created an open-bathroom policy after an incident at a Philadelphia store resulted in nationwide headlines and claims of racial discrimination.

    In 2018, two Black men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, were arrested before meeting an acquaintance in a Starbucks location at 18th and Spruce. The two men hadn’t purchased anything as they waited, and a manager called the police. The ensuing scandal resulted in an apology tour and company wide anti-racism training.

    The new store model coming to 1709 Chestnut would appear to minimize public interactions overall.

    “Their core is to sell you coffee and pastries and that’s it,” said Steinberg, about the new style of location.

  • 08 Sep 2022 1:39 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96. Britain's longest-serving monarch—and the second-longest serving monarch in world history—passed away on Sept. 8, 2022, at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

  • 07 Sep 2022 4:43 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Public Notice Monday September 5, 2022 Dear Residents and Business Owners AC Film Production, Inc. will be filming scenes for a new motion picture in your neighborhood. Our film, “Audrey’s Children" is the scripted, biographical feature film about Dr Audrey Evans -- Revolutionary CHOP oncologist and Co-Founder of Ronald McDonald House Charities. For more information, please visit our website: In order to park our equipment trucks and campers, we are working with the City of Philadelphia and Greater Philadelphia Film Office to temporarily restrict parking on a number of nearby blocks. Cars that do not move at the designated times may be relocated. To avoid towing, please observe all posted NO PARKING signs that will be posted as follows:


    - 2200 Block of Walnut Street from S.22nd to S. 23rd Street – South Side

    - 2300 Block of Walnut Street from S. 23rd to Walnut Street Bridge – South Side

    - 200 Block of S. 22nd Street from Chancellor St. to Walnut Street – East Side

    - 100 Block of S. 22nd Street from Walnut St. to Sansom St. – East Side

    - 100 Block of S. 23rd Street from St. James Place to Locust Street – East Side

    - 200 Block of S. 23rd Street from Locust St. to Manning St. – East Side

    - 2200 Block of Locust Street from 23rd St. to 22nd Street. – South Side

    - 2100 Block of Locust Street from 22nd St. to Van Pelt St. – South Side

    - 2200 Block of St. James Place from 22nd to 23rd St. – South Side

    We will be offering resident displacement parking on the North side of Locust Street between 20th and 21st Streets and the North side of Pine Street between 20th and 22nd Streets (parking in the Bike Lane). This parking will be available beginning Thursday, September 8, 8:00 PM and last until Sunday, September 11, 11:00 AM. Please, park per the resident displacement parking signs, avoid parking on corners and avoid truck and bus turns. If you have any questions or concerns about our filming, please contact our Location Department representative on the block or call the number listed below. Also, if you have scheduled deliveries or accessibility needs, please call our Locations Department at 215-701- 4850 so we can make accommodations. We thank you in advance for your understanding, consideration and cooperation. Sincerely, AC Film Production Inc. Location Department / 215-701-4850

  • 07 Sep 2022 9:33 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)


    Come meet other Moms in your neighborhood and future friends for your little ones, at this free meet up. Grandparents, dads and all caregivers welcome! New meet up location is the Tot Lot (little kids playground) behind the Markward Recreation Center. See you there!

  • 24 Aug 2022 11:51 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)
    19th S. from Market to Chestnut is closed due to roadwork. 
  • 22 Aug 2022 2:41 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has begun service to its newest Regional Rail Station, at the same time it has introduced new schedules.

    The new Wawa Station at 1490 W. Baltimore Pike in Media, Pa., is the southwestern endpoint of what is now the Media/Wawa line (formerly Media/Elwyn), and carries the Wawa name because of a $5.4 million naming-rights agreement announced last month (see “New SEPTA station has new name …,” Trains News Wire, July 28, 2022). The 3.6-mile extension to the Wawa station opened Sunday, Aug. 21, and is the first addition to Regional Rail service since 1985.

    Sunday also marked the introduction of new Regional Rail schedules, which include restoration of early-morning Airport Line service on weekends; earlier services to the Center City on the Trenton, Lansdale/Doylestown, and West Trenton lines; and other schedule adjustments. More information and links to the new schedules are available here.

  • 17 Aug 2022 4:06 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philadelphia city officials say they will receive less monkeypox vaccine doses than initially promised from the federal government.

    Monkeypox Vaccine Less Than Expected for Philadelphia – NBC10 Philadelphia (

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