Pope Francis rides in the popemobile along Independence Mall before delivering a speech outside Independence Hall Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Can we all agree that the City went completely overboard for the Pope visit?
Here’s what I saw in Center City Saturday and Sunday:
-Locust, Spruce, Pine and Lombard Streets were vacant — literally a mile from where the Pope or any of the crowds. Was it really necessary to extend the zone that far?
-A more than quiet Rittenhouse Square, save for a lonely band of military guys sitting on their Humvee and a medical tent armed with emergency personnel looking for someone with a mosquito bite to treat. Read more »
Recently, Netflix announced that it was providing up to a year of unlimited paid time off for new parents. Unlimited! This, of course raises two issues:
- We are all streaming way too many movies if Netflix can afford to do this.
- How in the hell can my business compete with companies offering these kinds of perks?
There are many benefits of working for a smaller company. OK, so you’re not able to pay $25 an hour for employees to do volunteer work (Apple), you can’t offer onsite kindergarten (Campbell Soup) and there’s just no extra room in your office for an indoor rock-climbing wall (Chesapeake Energy). Your company doesn’t have its own private busses to take employees back and forth to work (Google) and you can’t afford to pay your employees $5,000 just to…now get this…quit (Zappos). Pity. Read more »
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To my Catholic friends in the city, Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia is a chance to witness a great leader in person. And to my business owner friends in the city, it’s a chance to witness a great thing too: A rise in your bank account. Are you ready? Here are just a few ways to profit from the upcoming papal visit. Read more »
Because of my job as a business owner, speaker and author, I fly into the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) about five to 10 times every month. Here are a few things I’ve learned. Read more »
The announced bankruptcy of A&P doesn’t surprise me. I’ve watched the supermarket chain decline over the years and I’m sorry for the 28,000 employees who are the victims of its poor management in the face of much better run stores like Wegmans. But, as great as Wegmans is, it still sucks doing the food shopping, doesn’t it? As a business owner, I can’t help but see many inefficiencies and places for improvement. Every time I shop, the same questions keep popping up in my mind. For example… Read more »
Waldron Mercy Academy via Google Maps
Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion, Pa., has come under fire this week for its decision to fire Margie Winters, one of its long-time teachers — allegedly because she’s a lesbian and married to another lesbian.
“Many of us accept life choices that contradict current church teachings, but to continue as a Catholic school, Waldron Mercy must comply with those teachings,” the school said in a letter to parents. Read more »
Marvin Weinberger, who faces a funding shortfall at his Philly co-working space Venturef0rth, blasted the local tech community last week. He said he’s “continuing to lose a few thousand dollars a month” and has “quietly turned to some pillars of the community for assistance, but have been rebuffed (often rudely).”
There are two sides to every story but Weinberger’s struggle to find tenants at his startup space raises a more important issue about Philadelphia’s tech community. Is it for real? And, more importantly, do we care? Read more »
School Superintendent William Hite needs more money, and we’re all in agreement with him.
City Council has rejected the district’s latest funding plan and remains resistant to Mayor Michael Nutter’s proposal to increase real estate taxes. Governor Tom Wolf is behind allocating more dollars from Harrisburg to Philadelphia’s schools. Unfortunately, no one is proposing any further cuts to healthcare or pension costs because the unions are too powerful and give too much money to our politicians. Our population has been taxed to the extreme, and more taxes are very, very unpopular. And people living in Western Pennsylvania are understandably not thrilled to watch their hard-earned tax dollars be sucked down the Philly school system vortex. Read more »
Doug Oliver | Photo by Jeff Fusco.
The U.S. Census reports that there are more than 100,000 small businesses within the city limits of Philadelphia. And that number’s probably understated because there are likely many SOHO (small office home office) and part-time independent contractors not considered. Plus there’s been economic growth since the data was accumulated.
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Congratulations! You made it. Your kids are grown. You’ve managed to save a few bucks. You still have a mostly-intact prostate. And now, you want to live the empty-nester lifestyle. You want to sell your house, dump all that old junk, store a few heirlooms, burn the furniture and start afresh in Center City. That’s what my wife and I did a couple of months ago. So to help you I’ve put together a few things that I’ve learned about living in town that you will also need to know. Read more »