The vision for Philly’s Schuylkill Yards project is on its way to becoming a reality. The area will help unite Philadelphia’s traditional Center City business district with University City. The Inquirer’s Inga Saffron believes a similar project in New York can serve as a cautionary tale. Mayor Jim Kenney is certainly learning from the past as he seeks reelection. He’s employing a similar strategy that helped him win in 2015 while his challengers are mixing things up by attacking one of his signature achievements.
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Hudson Yards was once a rare empty space in New York’s landscape which is typically hungry for real estate development. Seven years later, the area is filled with high rises and more are set to be completed by 2026.
For example, among Hudson Yards’ missteps was not becoming a natural extension of Manhattan’s street grid, thus feeling separated from the rest of the area, Saffron writes. Schuylkill Yards has the chance to avoid that and other mistakes.
Among Kenney’s challengers for the upcoming primary is State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, who ran against Kenney in 2015. Williams was the favorite then and had backing and money on his side. Things look very different for him this time around.
Kenney’s other challenger, much like Williams, is attacking the mayor on crime, economic opportunity, and taxation. Former City Controller Alan Butkovitz has knocked Kenney for his soda tax and hoped for the support of the beverage industry, but so far that effort has fizzled.
The James Beard Awards are the Academy Awards of restaurants. Outstanding restaurant is the equivalent of best picture. Zahav’s win in that category last night marked a first for Philly’s restaurant scene.
Chef and co-owner Michael Solomonov has helped to rewrite the script for Israeli food in the United States. Zahav earned the honor in the first year it was nominated for the award — though the eatery is no stranger to taking home hardware.
Solomonov and his business partner Steve Cook have expanded their Philly empire to include several popular restaurants and plan to open three more restaurants this year.
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