Stories from around the web that we're reading this morning. Something for everyone.
Philly families face high-stakes hunt for prized charter school lottery slots. One school has 75 slots for kindergarten. Applicants number 499. And under the school's charter a maximum of a quarter of the slots can go to kids who live outside the school's core geographical zone, or catchment. Newsworks.org.
South Philly's Bella Vista named one of the best Italian neighborhoods. It's one of seven in the country that "have stood the test of time — and often gentrification — and stayed true to their Italian heritage." FoodRepublic.com.
Why is SAP North America headquartered in Newtown Square? The third-largest software company in the world sits just outside the Philly border. Back in the early '90s, though, the company considered moving within the Philly border. Technical.ly Philly.
Why Main Line high-end home sales are way down. Here's a hint: people want to, gasp, live in Philly. Go figure. Philadelphia Business Journal.
Late Victorian Charm In The Heart Of Chinatown. By preserving China Town, the city has indirectly preserved a 115-year-old architectural gem. HiddenCityPhila.org.