DENVER—Michael Nutter, the young, brainy, African-American mayor of Philadelphia, took a chance during the Democratic primary season. He vocally supported Hillary Clinton against Barack Obama, the candidate with whom he shares many qualities—and the overwhelming preference, as it turned out, of his constituents. He explained his decision by citing the Clintons’ track record of delivering Read More
Philadelphia home sales tumbled 25 percent annually in the spring, according to a new report from Wharton economist Kevin Gillen (hat tip: Matrix).
Meanwhile, the median house price there was roughly $109,000 by the end of June. In Manhattan, it was $1,025,000 (for condos and co-ops), according to Miller Samuel; and, in Brooklyn, Read More
The Manhattan rental market reports are popping out this week (I covered an authoritative one earlier this week). They show what many already know deep in their guts and wallets: Manhattan is the most expensive rental market in the United States.
How expensive? Compare it to Philadelphia: The average one-bedroom rent in Read More
Philadelphia recorded 392 murders in 2007, or about one murder for every 3,571 Philadelphians. New York City, on the other hand, had one of its lowest murder amounts ever in 2007, with 492–or, about one murder for every 16,260 New Yorkers. So, take note, before you or someone you love moves to Philly. (Hat Read More
I wrote in this week’s Observer about New Yorkers moving to Philadelphia. One of the statistics I dug up that didn’t make it into the story was the amount of daily Amtrak commuters between New York’s Penn Station and Philly’s 30th Street Station. It turns out that annual daily round-trip ridership along the line Read More
We all know one—that friend or relative who split New York City recently for the common cascade of reasons: high home prices, high rents, high living costs, high noise, high stress, high, high, high.
And when these people exit our five boroughs, they really exit: City Comptroller Bill Thompson’s office analyzed the Census Bureau’s Read More
A tipster found the above flier in his Cobble Hill mailbox and passed it along to The Real Estate. Universal City Studios plans a film called “Baby Mama” about a 35-year-old real-estate developer played by Tina Fey (that’s believable) trying to have a baby by surrogate (the surrogate’s “South Philly working girl Angie Ostrowski” Read More
He Wants You to Love Atlantic Yards
“Laurie Olin, one of the most noted landscape architects in the country, was holding forth in his firm’s library in central Philadelphia. He wants to help us get over our obsession with personal space. So Mr. Olin took on the task for designing the Atlantic Yards project Read More
CARRIE: I have 309 days left until I slide into my white gown and float down the aisle in front of 200+ guests at the Ritz Carlton in Philadelphia. But I don’t yet have a white gown.
I am anxious and jumpy. “I was leaning towards this Reem Acra dress,” I say to anyone who Read More
Read the title carefully; then read it again. Just about everything in this marvelous book has been weighed and assessed more than is usual. William Mann doesn’t settle for the obvious, the given, the rubber stamp. And so, it seems to me, we’re being gently guided before the book begins. For if there was a Read More