Originally Posted by Liam
Oooh that doesn't look half bad. Much better than the vacancy there now. I guess it does counteract the village feel they so diligently cultivate though.
I spend a lot of time in Chestnut Hill as well, and I can see so many sides to this...on one hand, it would be nice to have a few more modern developments to give the area some contrast. On the other, you'd hate to risk creating a trend that could possibly destroy the charm. That proposal seems like a decent contrast, though, but maybe the color scheme needs to change a little?
Some interesting/positive news today:
Posted: Thu, Dec. 15, 2011, 3:15 PM
Fox Chase to merge with Temple University Health System
By Stacey Burling
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Fox Chase Cancer Center will become part of the Temple University Health System, officials announced Thursday.
The combination, which is expected to close next summer, will join two prominent Philadelphia health-care institutions, both of which have faced fiscal difficulties lately.
Temple, based in North Philadelphia, will get a nationally recognized research partner that could help it compete with other academic medical centers in the region. Fox Chase, which will keep its name, will get a bigger referral base for patients, room to expand at Temple's Jeanes Hospital next door, and a chance to save money as health-care reform further squeezes the dollars available for clinical care and research.
Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/health/...#ixzz1giL8OCwF
Posted: Fri, Dec. 16, 2011, 3:01 AM
PhillyInc: Region on the rise in new economic ranking
By Mike Armstrong
The Philadelphia region reminds no one of a Sun Belt boomtown.
Still, sometimes slow and steady can place pretty high in the rat race, particularly when a deep recession is involved.
No, Philadelphia will probably not brag about placing 49th on the Milken Institute's Best Performing Cities index of 200 large metropolitan areas.
What's notable for an index that was designed to be steady year in and year out is that the region climbed 34 places in one year - the most of any big region. Its only peer making such a move was Los Angeles, up 23 places.
"Philadelphia has done very well among the major metro areas," said Ross DeVol, chief research officer of the economic think tank based in Santa Monica, Calif.
DeVol, who used to live in the Philadelphia area before heading west, knows that the outsize education and health-care sectors play a stabilizing role in the economy here.
Those sectors were among the only ones to add jobs throughout the recession and this weak recovery. Another net job-gainer that tends to get less credit is tourism, DeVol said.
Sometimes, it's what's not here that matters. For as much hand-wringing that's been done over the diminution of Philadelphia's financial sector over the last two decades, that low exposure meant less carnage here when the financial crisis erupted in 2008.
That New York still suffers from a financial hangover can be seen in its decline on the Milken ranking to No. 75 from No. 48 in 2010.
Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/busines...#ixzz1giLLcqTi