Bike Share Coming to Philadelphia — But Not Until Next Year

The city is poised to announce a bike share program at 2, according to a media advisory released by the city. Mayor Michael Nutter and other city officials will appear at the steps of the Art Museum today to announce the “dream team” — the city’s words, not mine — it has selected to run the bike sharing program. Let’s hope the bike share program goes better than 8-8.

This “dream team” is not the 1992 Olympic basketball team, steamrolling opponents with ease — it needs time to create. The Inquirer’s Amelia Brust reports the bike share program won’t be hitting Philadelphia until spring of next year.

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Newspapers to Lose Lobby as New Retail Headed to 801 Market Street

In a memo sent to all Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com employees yesterday, publisher Bob Hall announced some new retail for 801 Market Street! He didn’t disclose what, exactly, was coming to the old Strawbridge & Clothier building in Market East, but the Inquirer reports it’s Century 21 — no relation to the real estate company — a discount designer department store with seven locations in New York and New Jersey. Hall told employees at the newspapers and website that they will “be pleased with the flagship retailer that PREIT has secured and will soon announce as our new neighbor in the coming weeks” — oh, and also, they’ll now have to enter the building from Eighth Street.

The memo contains lots of classic corporate speak — the closing of the Market Street lobby, which people who work at 801 Market generally use, is presented as a great opportunity for the company — and also notes that “deconstruction of the space will at times be loud and somewhat messy.” Unfortunately, Hall uses two spaces after a period — argh!

More deatils on the Century 21 announcement at Shoppist.

 

The full memo follows:

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Has Philly Sold Its Soul to Comcast?

The New York Times today carries an op-ed — from City Paper writer Dan Denvir — suggesting Philly is much too dominated by Comcast, the city’s highest-profile business. “Philadelphia is a digital-age company town where the proper relationship between business and government has been turned on its head,” Denvir writes. “Welcome, indeed, to Comcast Country.”

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Masterman Is Once Again PA’s Top School

The Inquirer reports: “Philadelphia’s Masterman High School once again topped U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of Pennsylvania schools, with a number of suburban high schools rounding out the top 10.  New Hope-Solebury in Bucks County surged into the No. 3 spot ahead of academic powerhouses Conestoga (fifth) and Lower Merion (15th).”

The rankings of best Pennsylvania schools can be found here.

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