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Shop owners in Center City are relieved to see crowds returning after a year bereft of visitors and office workers

For a year, Center City has recorded alarmingly low rates of visitors and office workers. As vaccinations have become readily available and the weather has warmed up, people are coming back.

Montgomery County developer buys Arbor Hill estate for $5.6 million

Sal Paone, a local developer, bought the sprawling estate of Dennis Alter, ex-CEO of the banking company Advanta.

Demand for pools surges for second year amid canceled vacations and long days at home

Some pool contractors in the region report they have a wait-list of more than a year. They're also dealing with supply shortages.

South Philly’s BOK building, known for its rooftop bar, is carving out space for creatives

When COVID-19 hit, developers of the Bok building absorbed some costs for tenants who struggled to pay rent, and it paid off, its leadership said, with increased interest from new tenants.

As NYC residents move to Philly, co-living developments spread

Common, the largest owner of co-living units in the city, said it would open up 400 more units this spring as demand grew for shared housing during the pandemic.

Philly L&I approves demolition of Chestnut Street properties that preservationists had tried to protect

A historic stretch of Jeweler's Row will be cleared to build a seven-story building with 42 residential units. A local lawyer had tried to get the area historically designated for a year, to no avail.

Doug Robinson, longtime Inquirer city editor and New York Times reporter, dies at 90

Mr. Robinson began building a 40-year journalism career when he covered Hollywood for The New York Times and would go on to report on many of the biggest stories of the day, including the Vietnam War.

COVID-19 showed a developer that offices could be unhealthy. So he’s building a healthy one in Malvern.

The design contains no conference rooms, cafeterias, or communal areas where employees could cluster. Instead, there will be private balconies, high-end air flow, and more entrances and exits.

Ikea is discontinuing its catalog after 70 years. The last issue is on eBay, but other catalogs are flourishing.

The future of catalogs is not going to be a bland product but ones that evoke emotion. That’s why print catalogs will live on.

Amid the COVID-19 economic slump, some Philly businesses are giving back

Americans donated more to charity last year compared to 2019, according to a group that tracks charitable giving nationally. And at times in Philadelphia, that played out before our eyes.