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SEPTA updates come with a few new perks for Delaware riders

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As SEPTA trains rolled out with new schedules last week, the updates to the Wilmington/Newark line (probably still referred to as the R2 to anyone who has ridden it for a long time) can be a game changer for regular users.

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“Better train connectivity is something our residents want, our small and big businesses want, and our visitors want,” Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki said in a statement.

“Improving train service in Wilmington broadens access to opportunity for residents while potentially saving riders hours each day on their commutes and thousands of dollars each year in transportation costs.”
New Saturday night train (the first ever on this line, if you can believe it):
Leaves 30th at 10:32pm, arrives at Wilmington at 11:17pm
Leaves Wilmington at 11:34pm, arrives at 30th at 12:26am

New weekday morning train:
Leaves 30th at 8:09am, arrives at Wilmington at 9:02am
Leaves Wilmington at 9:50am, arrives at 30th at 10:38am

Weekday morning train converted to express:
Leaves Wilmington at 9:23am, arrives at 30th at 10:08am (five fewer stops, reducing travel time from 51 to 45 minutes)
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While I still think it's a shame they felt the need to squander the original art moderne look of the building, I will say the end product does look pretty nice.
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Rutgers unveils $62.5M Nursing and Science Building in Camden

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Parx Casino to add 200 new jobs to prep for $50M expansion this year

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Conshohocken steel plant to lay off 150

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A new Amazon plant stalled in the Philly suburbs

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A months-long state air pollution review has delayed the planned opening of its Amazon Woot! manufacturing facility near Norristown until next year.

Woot!, which aims to operate a massive print-on-demand T-shirt operation in West Norriton, applied in August for a factory air-quality permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Amazon has been advertising for managers and garment-printing workers to staff the 110,000-square-foot site, which once housed a Ricoh copier facility on the Boulevard of the Generals. The plant has parking for 200 cars. Woot! is an Amazon discount online retailer whose shirt.woot.com division specializes in inexpensive, custom-printed T-shirts. The West Norriton plant would produce and ship the shirts directly to customers.
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Ardmore's downtown disrupter: PucciManuli's owner has a vision

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Sometimes, it takes an outsider to shake things up. In Ardmore’s case, someone to shout, praise and draw attention to its charms, walkability, access to mass transit, architecture, and potential as “the Gateway to the Main Line.”

Carrie Kohs, a 47-year-old Detroit native who owns PucciManuli, a toy and gift store, has taken up the cause to reverse decades-long decline. Her mission: to make downtown Ardmore a retail destination again, one that works in tandem with Suburban Square, nurtures independent shop owners and restaurants, and hosts a variety of events year-round to draw visitors.

She has just opened in a new location on a high-profile Lancaster Avenue corner, with more than double the space of her former store nearby. Of the store’s made-up Italian name, Kohs said: “Whenever I’d say, `That’s so PucciManuli,’ I meant it was the best of class. That’s what I try to sell.”

In 2006, she started selling toys, baby clothes, and other items from all over the world online, then became a regular at horse shows such as the Hampton Classic in Bridgehampton, N.Y., and at Devon. In 2012, she opened a pop-up shop in a 200-square-foot space at the Ardmore Farmers Market at Suburban Square. A year later, it expanded to 350 square feet, then in 2013 she moved to a 700-square-foot store on Cricket Avenue.

“The reaction is what I was hoping for,” an elated Kohs said Sept. 22, opening day at her new store. It was past closing time, but she didn’t dare turn away customers who came late.

Erwann Michel-Kerjan, 41, of Wynnewood, a partner at McKinsey & Co. and a former Wharton professor, was among them and was amazed to see brands from France, where he is originally from.

“I love it. But that’s the test,” he said, alluding to 5-year-old Bella, who eagerly got on a Stevens Bros. rocking horse she named “Alice.” Bella also picked up a $9 bottle of non-toxic silver glitter nail polish and a $25 handmade hen chick stuffed animal for her 2-year-old sibling before leaving PucciManuli with her father.

Kohs spent weeks preparing for a seamless move by emailing her regulars.

“I was worried when construction of the Dranoff project started that it would affect business,” she said, referring to developer Carl Dranoff’s $50 million mixed-use bet on Cricket Avenue called One Ardmore Place, which will include 110 residential units and 8,400 square feet of retail on the ground level. “I have been telling everyone that parking has not been affected here.”

She welcomes the traffic. “Suburban Square has always been a destination. Some … have no clue that there is another business district on the other side. We are literally just a few stores down. It will take a variety of steps to change that,” she said. “Lower Merion Township and property owners on Anderson Avenue, the entryway to Suburban Square, have to take ownership in making that happen.”

Because, Kohs said, “What’s happening right now on this side of the tracks is a great thing.”

She ticked off independent businesses along Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore Avenue, and Cricket Avenue, such as Lulu’s Casita, an indoor play space, and the Japanese noodle house Maido and restaurant Poke’ Ono that “are a total complement to Suburban Square and the national chains and restaurants over there.”

She advocates changing the offerings in many of the older buildings along Cricket Avenue, and has appeared numerous times before the Lower Merion Township Commissioners to push for a more walkable business district.

“It would be fantastic to get service-oriented businesses and get them to move to the second floors, and make way for great retailers and restaurants to occupy the first floors,” Kohs said, citing the just-opened Nudy’s Cafe as an example.

She gives credit to landlords such as Pete Staz and Peter Spain, who have been buying up old buildings along Cricket Avenue and sprucing them up.

Four years ago, Kohs organized Cricket Cringle, fashioned after a European Christmas market. Last year, the event drew just over 10,000 people, and she has developed similar events to attract visitors.

“As a retailer, Carrie has brought a wonderful design aesthetic to her space and by extension to Cricket Avenue,” said Christine Vilardo, executive director of the Ardmore Initiative business improvement district. “She has ‘branded’ the block.”

On Kohs’ side is Dranoff, who 10 years ago pitched the mixed-use project for Cricket Avenue near PucciManuli’s former location. One Ardmore Place broke ground in March after years of neighborhood resistance and a protracted court battle. Concrete for the first floor was poured last week.

“Carrie is a high-energy, type-A personality,” Dranoff said. “She has been a great advocate for our project and what Ardmore could be. She sees the need for critical mass as I do. She is a disrupter, not a status-quo person. It takes new retail to disrupt old retail, like new technology disrupts the old technology.”

For Kohs, the giant crane in front of Dranoff’s project is a symbol that Ardmore’s fortunes are rising.

“This is going to be fantastic,” she said, looking up as twilight set in.
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Old Posted Oct 1, 2017, 12:57 PM
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Hey guys, how likely do you think Amazon would end up choosing Wilmington or Philly or Camden as their site for HQ2? I feel like there would be a good chance because of Wilmington being in a state, key to corporations and that Philly and Camden have seemed to do a great job in getting actual good development.
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Old Posted Oct 1, 2017, 8:35 PM
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Hey guys, how likely do you think Amazon would end up choosing Wilmington or Philly or Camden as their site for HQ2? I feel like there would be a good chance because of Wilmington being in a state, key to corporations and that Philly and Camden have seemed to do a great job in getting actual good development.
I think Philly is easily a top 10 candidate, arguably top 5. I think Wilmington or Camden have pretty much a 0% chance tbh, though if Amazon did pick Philly I could see some jobs ending up in either.
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Old Posted Oct 2, 2017, 3:39 PM
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Hey guys, how likely do you think Amazon would end up choosing Wilmington or Philly or Camden as their site for HQ2? I feel like there would be a good chance because of Wilmington being in a state, key to corporations and that Philly and Camden have seemed to do a great job in getting actual good development.
The benefits to being incorporated in Delaware are the same whether the business is physically located here or not. Incorporation is a legal formality that gets businesses access to Delaware corporate law and its prestigious courts/bar. Amazon is likely incorporated in Delaware already.

I see this argument often but it's important to remember what "business friendly" means in the context of Delaware law. It's possible that Delaware could be a bad or average state for actually doing business in-state while being a great place to have your business incorporated.

As much as I'd like to see something like that happen, Amazon moving to Wilmington is highly unlikely. It just doesn't have the appeal that a lot of bigger cities have. Better chance than some real long-shot candidates (like small metros in the south) by virtue of its location in Philly's metro and the northeast corridor, but Wilmington can't hold a candle to Philly, Boston, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Toronto, etc. Just not the same league.

That said, I genuinely think Philly has as good of a shot as any city. Talent base, population, amenities, location, etc. Philly's regional cities should be throwing all their weight behind Philly's bid. Far better to have the HQ next door rather than someplace like Dallas or Atlanta.
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Ardmore's downtown disrupter: PucciManuli's owner has a vision

http://www.philly.com/philly/busines...-20170929.html
Far less of a disrupter, but it's worth noting that just a few miles from the Adrmore work is a 250 unit apartment complex going up next to the Wynnewood train station. While it looks to be in the middle of the woods, it is actually a 5-10 minute walk to Wholefoods, Bed Bath and Beyond, Giant, Sabrina's Cafe, among many other small places.

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Hey guys, how likely do you think Amazon would end up choosing Wilmington or Philly or Camden as their site for HQ2? I feel like there would be a good chance because of Wilmington being in a state, key to corporations and that Philly and Camden have seemed to do a great job in getting actual good development.
Incorporation in Wilmington has nothing to do with establishing headquarters or operating there. It doesn't well meet Amazon's stated needs. Corporations have incorporated there because a well-established body of governance law and dedicated Chancery bench. But this year, Delaware fell from 1st to 11th in national rankings of judiciary systems. Largely because of Strine decisions since he was elevated to the Supreme Court. We'll have to see what longterm trends are and if Delaware sees a drop in companies that choose to incorporate there.

Philly has a shot. Arguably a good one. I hope.

Camden does not satisfy Amazon's stated needs.
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The benefits to being incorporated in Delaware are the same whether the business is physically located here or not. Incorporation is a legal formality that gets businesses access to Delaware corporate law and its prestigious courts/bar. Amazon is likely incorporated in Delaware already.

I see this argument often but it's important to remember what "business friendly" means in the context of Delaware law. It's possible that Delaware could be a bad or average state for actually doing business in-state while being a great place to have your business incorporated.

As much as I'd like to see something like that happen, Amazon moving to Wilmington is highly unlikely. It just doesn't have the appeal that a lot of bigger cities have. Better chance than some real long-shot candidates (like small metros in the south) by virtue of its location in Philly's metro and the northeast corridor, but Wilmington can't hold a candle to Philly, Boston, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Toronto, etc. Just not the same league.

That said, I genuinely think Philly has as good of a shot as any city. Talent base, population, amenities, location, etc. Philly's regional cities should be throwing all their weight behind Philly's bid. Far better to have the HQ next door rather than someplace like Dallas or Atlanta.
Well then here is my other question. If Amazon ended up in Philly, would that still benefit Wilmington in any way? The current development in Wilmington is a disaster because all what we are getting are apartments and condos which we DON'T need, and my hope if for Amazon to end up here or Philly to help jumpstart office development here.
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Incorporation in Wilmington has nothing to do with establishing headquarters or operating there. It doesn't well meet Amazon's stated needs. Corporations have incorporated there because a well-established body of governance law and dedicated Chancery bench. But this year, Delaware fell from 1st to 11th in national rankings of judiciary systems. Largely because of Strine decisions since he was elevated to the Supreme Court. We'll have to see what longterm trends are and if Delaware sees a drop in companies that choose to incorporate there.

Philly has a shot. Arguably a good one. I hope.

Camden does not satisfy Amazon's stated needs.
Speaking as an attorney, at this point half the reason companies incorporate there is because the lawyers have all the forms ready to go and everyone know's what to expect if you incorporate there.
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Wilmington - Residence Inn Marriott

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Wilmington - Residence at Mid-Town Park

Stumbled onto a renovation on 8th Street (beautiful detail in the frame and brick around the windows, hard to make it out here), just down the block from the Residences at Mid-Town Park, which looms in the back:

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Well then here is my other question. If Amazon ended up in Philly, would that still benefit Wilmington in any way? The current development in Wilmington is a disaster because all what we are getting are apartments and condos which we DON'T need, and my hope if for Amazon to end up here or Philly to help jumpstart office development here.
Yes, I'd say so. What would be best for Wilmington IMO is for Philly to grow and get more expensive. That might send more people to Wilmington--people who are looking for urban living in the area but with better prices. Right now, the two cities are too evenly priced for Wilmington to win out vs Philly. Brining 50,000 high paying jobs to Philly would help.

Why do you think Wilmington doesn't need apartments? A more lively/safe downtown would help boost Wilmington's image, thus leading to new businesses.

Also, I don't put much stock in the corporate litigation rankings. Justice Strine has taken some hits but (1) the state still has an unmatched legal system in place to predictably and quickly resolve complex disputes and (2) one of the big complaints (fee shifting) could be changed relatively quickly if the legislature has the will to do so. It's a cause for concern, but not a cause for panic yet.
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Yes, I'd say so. What would be best for Wilmington IMO is for Philly to grow and get more expensive. That might send more people to Wilmington--people who are looking for urban living in the area but with better prices. Right now, the two cities are too evenly priced for Wilmington to win out vs Philly. Brining 50,000 high paying jobs to Philly would help.

Why do you think Wilmington doesn't need apartments? A more lively/safe downtown would help boost Wilmington's image, thus leading to new businesses.

Also, I don't put much stock in the corporate litigation rankings. Justice Strine has taken some hits but (1) the state still has an unmatched legal system in place to predictably and quickly resolve complex disputes and (2) one of the big complaints (fee shifting) could be changed relatively quickly if the legislature has the will to do so. It's a cause for concern, but not a cause for panic yet.
I personally think we are getting way too much apartments. I say this because I don't see a demand in people wanting to live here, and it to me is just an excuses to fill parking lots when that could've been something more beneficial like an office tower or something that would help Wilmington. I'm not saying don't build condos/apartments, but if so, make space for office towers, or at least build something pleasing to the eye that will impact the Wilmington skyline and city itself.
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I personally think we are getting way too much apartments. I say this because I don't see a demand in people wanting to live here, and it to me is just an excuses to fill parking lots when that could've been something more beneficial like an office tower or something that would help Wilmington. I'm not saying don't build condos/apartments, but if so, make space for office towers, or at least build something pleasing to the eye that will impact the Wilmington skyline and city itself.
I don't think Buccini Pollin would be building if the demand was not there. I think if there was demand for office towers, they would rise. The apartments (there are not many condo projects actually) and other revitalization at street level is important. It may help foster some demand and office development in time. Office towers are not going to just rise as spec buildings in Wilmington.
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I don't think Buccini Pollin would be building if the demand was not there. I think if there was demand for office towers, they would rise. The apartments (there are not many condo projects actually) and other revitalization at street level is important. It may help foster some demand and office development in time. Office towers are not going to just rise as spec buildings in Wilmington.
I get that, and I honestly do understand that there is not much of an office demand either here, but I try to look at what would be more beneficial to Wilmington. It might sound great to have thousands of ugly short apartments sprouting up everywhere, but the more I think about it, I don't see a living demand here either. I say that Wilmington should focus on office more because it is LOOSING OFFICES. Entire buildings like Hercules (and some of Dupont for a time) are vacant. And guess what happens to these buildings. More apartments. It's such a shame to see what was once a booming city turn into an apartment city.
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