Penn Museum’s Legends of the Hidden Temple Event Sold Out in 2 Days

Penn Museum - Olmec

The Penn Museum is going back to the 90s later this month.

It’s been a whirlwind couple of days for the staff at the Penn Museum. The phone has been ringing off the hook. The museum has been the top trend on Facebook. It’s the talk of the country.

The museum has not made a new discovery or acquired an ancient artifact. Instead, it’s holding a Legends of the Hidden Temple event at the museum on April 20th. The Penn Museum originally planned for 100 guests. But a crush of interest led them to up the capacity to 250. It still sold out in 48 hours.

“Institutions like ours are trying to become more relevant to various audiences,” Kate Quinn, the Penn Museum’s director of exhibitions and public programs, tells Philadelphia magazine. “We’re reaching out to a more diverse audience to help them to come into this institution and find their way whenever possible. It’s getting them in the door and exposing them into what we have. If they’re not coming just based on what we offer, then what can we offer to get them in the door?”

Quinn says no event has sold out as quickly as this one. Read more »

How to Make Your Offices Friendly for Boomers and Millennials

Photo | Brian Howard

Photo | Brian Howard

This is a Biz Philly guest column.

Recently, Matt Burns, CEO and president of Burns Engineering, embarked on a move to new headquarters at 20th and Market Streets. As head of the 50-year-old design and management consulting company, Burns had undertaken a major move before, but this time it presented an unexpected challenge: generational issues.

Burns needed a plan that would take him 10 years into the future, spanning the length of his lease. But his older engineers wanted to keep the corner offices they had worked so hard for. They wanted big tables for blueprints and plenty of storage space for their 20-year-old files. Meanwhile the current younger employees — and those who would be recruited in the years ahead — preferred plenty of open space, natural light, and collaborative spaces instead of offices and white boards for projecting drawings. Read more »

Report: The Millennials Follow Their Parents to the ’Burbs | Michael Warren | Michael Warren

The oldest members of the Millennial generation are now entering their 30s, by which time many young adults have begun thinking about raising children.

And as their thoughts turn in that direction, their search for a place to raise them has pointed them towards the suburbs.

That’s one of the main findings in this year’s “Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends” study, released this week by the National Association of Realtors. Read more »

Center City Housing Market Still Strong, But…

This map shows where, how many, and what type of housing units were built in the Center City core in 2015, along with parts of the extended zone. Map | Center City District

This map shows where, how many, and what type of housing units were built in the Center City core in 2015, along with parts of the extended zone. Map | Center City District

Though the pace has slowed a bit from the torrid level of 2013, new housing continues to be produced in Greater Center City at a rapid clip, according to the latest Center City District report (PDF) on “Sustaining Demand for Downtown Housing.” The growth over the last three years has been driven overwhelmingly by rental housing, which accounted for 64 percent of the 1,538 new housing units completed in 2015. According to the report, the explosion in new housing production in Greater Center City—the area between the rivers from Girard Avenue to Tasker Street—is in line with both population growth and growth in demand. But to keep this demand strong, more attention will need to be paid to growing jobs, retaining younger residents, and by extension providing decent schools.

Almost all of the new housing added within the core of Center City—the original 1682 city from river to river, Vine to Pine—has been rental units: 604 of the 614 new units built in the core were apartments. Single-family residential construction has largely taken place in the “extended” Center City area, encompassing neighborhoods like Northern Liberties, Fairmount, Pennsport and Graduate Hospital. In the southern portion of the “extended” Center City, single-family homes were the single largest category of new housing built last year (209 of 438 units), while in the northern portion, apartments (382 of 924 units) edged out single-family homes (353 of 924). Read more »

Shocker: Millennials Want To Switch Jobs and Work From Home



Deloitte recently published its 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey, in which it interviewed almost 8,000 millennials from 29 countries to find out how they feel about their employers, the workforce and the economy. The results read like a laundry list of millennial critiques: They want to job hop. They care more about employee relations than profits. They want to work from home. Hardly shocking.

Let’s take a look at some of the notable findings. Read more »

Millennials Won — Mark Squilla’s “Promoters Bill” Is Dead

Mark Squilla

Councilman Mark Squilla | Photo courtesy of City Council’s Flickr

City Councilman Mark Squilla has decided to scrap his virally unpopular “Promoters Bill,” which came under fire last week from musicians, millennials and First Amendment advocates. The proposal would have required music venues to collect the names, addresses and phone numbers of performers for city police.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday that Squilla “had planned to amend the legislation, but decided it was too tainted by controversy” to carry on. “There’s been so much confusion and misinformation about the bill,” he told the newspaper, “that even if we struck that out, some people would show up to oppose it not understanding what they were opposing.”

Squilla says he’ll start from scratch on a new bill, this time while consulting the music industry. He insists that his goal all along was to ensure that every venue in the city paid an annual $100 licensing fee, including those that stream music from iPhones. Read more »

No, Millennials Aren’t Ruining the Workforce

First, a disclaimer.

Even though I technically fall in the “millennial” camp — a generation that Pew defines as adults age 18-34 — I’m on the upper end of the spectrum, and it’s starting to show. I don’t know how to use Snapchat, I get anxious every time someone talks about Peach, and I just recently upgraded to an iPhone 4. A little over a year ago I invested in a sectional sofa and premium cable, so my days of being even the least bit relevant are numbered.

But, yes, still a millennial. And as such, according to a recent piece in Philadelphia magazine, part of a generation that is responsible for “ruining the workforce.”

Did I raise an eyebrow at that headline? Yes. Did I raise it as high as some of my fellow millennials? Judging by the hundreds and hundreds of heated comments the article inspired, absolutely not. (I mean, Jesus Christ, guys — calm down already. I’ve gotten divorced with less drama.)

As deliciously millennial as it would be to write an opinion piece critiquing an opinion piece, I’m going to pass. (Or, am I going to tip-toe around it for another 400 words in a millennial tightrope-walking act, reluctant to commit and afraid to offend in the absence of a trigger warning?) Instead, in the interest of restoring the peace, I’m here to dispel some common misconceptions about my people. Read more »

How Millennials Are Ruining the Workforce

Illustration by Jason Raish

Illustration by Jason Raish

As a boomer, I have a special interest in millennials. It’s the same sort of interest I have in car wrecks: I don’t want to see what’s going on, but I can’t look away. Take, for instance, the cover story that Time magazine had a few months back about how millennials are raising their children. I didn’t read the article. I couldn’t, because the very first paragraph stopped me cold. Here it is, reproduced in full:

On a playground in San Francisco, 4-year-old Astral Defiance Hayes takes a stick and writes his name in the sand. His twin brother Defy Aster Hayes whizzes around their father.

The fact is, I don’t need to know anything more about how millennials are parenting than that two of them thought it was a great idea to name their twin boys Astral Defiance and Defy Aster.

I mean: Who does that? Read more »

Millennials: They’re Doing Thanksgiving Better Than You

The first "Friendsgiving?"

The first “Friendsgiving?”

“There are lies, damn lies and statistics,” Mark Twain famously said, and it was the last of these that struck me in an article published the other day on Headlined “Millennials Are Celebrating Thanksgiving in Their Own Way—Culturally and Commercially,” the piece detailed the many ways in which the boomers’ children are improving on the holiday. The data analytics company Dunnhumby, based in Cinncinnati and, it would seem, a real entity and not a product of Lewis Carroll’s fevered imagination, performed a new survey showing that millennials are “straying away from tradition while using emerging technologies to shop and plan for the holiday.” This, Dunnhumby says, is “a stark contrast from older Americans.”

What exactly are these profound differences? Twenty percent of millennials, according to Dunnhumby, are planning to purchase their turkey and trimmings via a food delivery app; in the survey, nobody my age (i.e., 55 or older) intended to do so. Who the hell would? Are you going to trust the young idiots who keep bagging your groceries with the canned goods atop the bread and lettuce to choose your Thanksgiving turkey? The apples for your pie? Your green beans? You have to know how to cook to care about how to buy food, and millennials can’t cook their way out of a paper bag. They only know how to eat out and then talk about it all the time. Read more »

7 Ways Millennials Can Network Without Feeling Like Pests



Networking is all about building relationships and adding value. So as a millennial, what can you offer a more experienced “connector” so that you don’t feel that you have nothing to contribute? (Or you don’t feel like you’re just angling for a better job?)

I recommend you do as much networking as possible so that having conversations, looking for ways to help and connecting people becomes second nature. And here are seven tips for bridging the gap: Read more »

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