Philly Drops From Top 5 U.S. Cities

Philly’s population increased for the tenth consecutive year, but surging Phoenix somehow managed to overtake us as our country’s fifth-largest city, statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday show.

“I think the competition this will inspire is healthy — we always need to be upping our game — but in reality, it’s not a real loss,” Mayor Kenney told the Inquirer. “Phoenix’s metro area is still smaller than Philly’s, and Phoenix has grown in population in large part because of land annexation.” Read more »

Philly Is Outpacing New York in Job Growth, Says CBRE

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria.

Philadelphia is growing jobs at a faster pace than New York for the first time in at least 25 years, according to data compiled by the regional chapter of global commercial real estate firm CBRE.

A report released by the company says that while Philly’s growth was particularly sluggish following the Great Recession, we have since rebounded over the past two years, and thanks to changing trends we’re “displaying some of the best performance in nearly 20 years.” Sounds like things are looking up. Read more »

What To Eat This Weekend: SPAM, Lobsters, Plant-Meat and SPAM

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Once again, we have made it to Friday. I think we deserve to celebrate. And how better to do that than with lobsters, SPAM, donuts, plant-based proteins and more lobster? We’ve got everything you need, from the best bagels in Philly to Hawaiian food that’s perfect for a hot afternoon and a new seafood brunch.

So let’s get started, shall we?

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Jonathan Demme, Acclaimed Director of “Philadelphia,” Dies at 73

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Academy Award-winning film director Jonathan Demme has died at age 73 from complications stemming from esophageal cancer.

Demme, who took home the Oscar for Best Director for his 1991 thriller Silence of the Lambs, is perhaps best known in this city as the director behind 1993’s Philadelphia, which starred Tom Hanks as a gay Center City lawyer who is unjustly fired after disclosing that he contracted the virus that causes AIDS. Read more »

Report: Educational and Medical Jobs Help Stabilize Rents and Retail Market

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It’s no secret that Philadelphia is a powerhouse in educational and health services – just a quick glance around our thriving metropolis will make this more than obvious. What might not be so obvious, however, is that this position reaps benefits far beyond what’s to be expected.

In fact, according to a new report by CBRE Group, Inc., our solid base of educational and medical jobs has helped to smooth out the fluctuations in our rental and retail real estate markets as well. 

In the Philadelphia metro, 21.4 percent of workers, or 618,000 of our total of 2.9 million employed, hold educational- or health-related jobs, the highest share of any of the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas. It even exceeds the national average, which currently sits at 15.4 percent.

According to Ian Anderson, director of research and analysis at CBRE in Philadelphia, the influence of both these industries is huge on our commercial real estate market. “It is most pronounced and measurable in the multifamily market, where we have seen its effect in buoying rents during the last downturn,” he says. Read more »

Single and Looking for Love in Philly? You’re In Luck

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If you fear your impending “singleness” this upcoming Valentine’s Day, stop it right now. You’re not alone – apparently a large portion of your fellow Philadelphians are single too.

According to a new report by Trulia (and yes, we’re referring to the online residential real estate site and not some sketchy online dating service), about 58.4 percent of men and 65 percent of women are single in Philadelphia. What’s more, these percentages are higher than any other city in the country.

The report, entitled Where to Live and Let Love Find You, examined U.S. Census data and the dating pool in 100 of the largest metro areas in America. “Single,” as Trulia uses it, refers to anyone age 21 or older who has never been married or was formerly married.

But the report doesn’t just stop at the total number of singles in each city – it gets even more specific and looks at the age range of these singles, how many hours they usually work, how much education they have, and if they have ever been married. Here’s what it found for Philadelphia: Read more »

Center City Workers, Rejoice! Barre3 Is Holding Free Outdoor Classes Tomorrow

If you’ve been binge eating ALL the pumpkin-spice everything while binge watching How to Get Away With Murder for, oh, the past week or so, you are not alone. But it’s about time we all start taking advantage of this beautiful fall weather and, you know, go outside. And we’ve got the perfect reason for you to do just that: This Thursday, October 6th, our friends at Barre3’s soon-to-open Center City studio will be holding two outdoor barre classes at Center City’s Commerce Square. And oh yeah, did we mention they’re both FREE? Yep, that’s right‚ all you need to bring is a yoga mat.

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So, Is Olympic Silver Medalist Nia Ali From Philly or Jersey?

Nia Ali after placing second in the women's 100m hurdles final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange.

Nia Ali after placing second in the women’s 100m hurdles final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange.

Last night, Nia Ali took the silver medal in an all-American sweep of the women’s 100-meter hurdles. Brianna Rollins won gold, and Kristi Castlin took bronze. It was the first time three U.S. women had swept any Olympic track event.

But where is Nia Ali from? Various sources have her from Norristown (Wikipedia), Philadelphia (Philly.com) or Pleasantville, New Jersey (The Press of Atlantic City). To make things more confusing, Ali’s USA Track and Field bio says she graduated in 2006 from West Catholic High School, while other sources note she’s a graduate of Pleasantville High School.

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Video: The Best Meatballs In Philly

Duck meatball sandwich at High Street on Market | Photo by Caviar

Duck meatball sandwich at High Street on Market | Photo by Caviar

A while back, we put together a list of some of the best meatballs in Philly. Apparently, our friends over at 6ABC liked it enough that they decided to put it on TV. Ot, more to the point, decided to put me on TV (which is rarely a good idea) to talk about some of the best meatballs in this meatball-loving town.

I went on and on and on. I also managed to wear almost exactly the same color outfit as Alicia Vitarelli. Neither of those things was on purpose.

You can check out the results after the jump.

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