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Old 02-12-2020, 07:02 AM
 
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LA County has close to 10x the population of Philadelphia County/City.

Good question about the tents.
I'm aware of how much bigger LA county is. Only tried to point out that author of the article was making it sound like we are currently having a dooms day homeless problem.

Camping tents are not that expensive but you still have to go to a store or order them online.
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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It’s a typical workday for Victor Huen Ng. He catches the subway in Philadelphia with his wife and their 9-month-old son. Victor’s stop will take him to his child’s daycare center across from his office, while his wife travels a short distance to her job. At the end of the day, the three will ride the subway home together.
“Having an office in the city where I live gives me lots of family time – time I wouldn’t have if I had to commute two or three hours to the suburbs for work,” says Victor, a senior scientist in our company’s clinical safety and risk management department.
Less travel time is one of many benefits that Victor and more than 100 employees are experiencing with our new, flexible workspaces located in the hearts of major cities.


“I have a 1-year-old who goes to sleep around 6:30 p.m. The Philadelphia location is three blocks from my home, which means, I can be home to spend time with him and put him to bed. The flexibility also gives me the opportunity to meet friends after work, go for a jog and take advantage of the many things the city has to offer, while being more productive at work, because I’m so close to the office.” -Paige Cramer Lacatena director, scientific affairs

https://www.merck.com/about/featured...y-we-work.html


I know I said I would rather see more homegrown companies emerge, but having new offices of major corporations does make for a good story.


Vanguard, Merck, IBM, Grubhub, Lfty, Nasdaq, JPMorgan is a pretty formidable line-up of companies that have committed more jobs to the city in the last year or so.
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Old 02-13-2020, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia Pa
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https://www.merck.com/about/featured...y-we-work.html


I know I said I would rather see more homegrown companies emerge, but having new offices of major corporations does make for a good story.


Vanguard, Merck, IBM, Grubhub, Lfty, Nasdaq, JPMorgan is a pretty formidable line-up of companies that have committed more jobs to the city in the last year or so.
Agree, there is definitely a move toward the city these days. Wait until University City becomes the preeminent location for biotech, gene research, small pharma, etc... (which it's well on its way to becoming). This will make it a must for all health sciences to have a physical presence in the city, if not HQ here.

On another topic, I don't fully get these WeWork spaces for corporations like Merck, IBM, etc... I always assumed they were geared more toward start-ups. If you don't have to meet customers face-to-face on a regular basis throughout the day, or if you're not in a function like R&D where in-person collaboration is critical (these companies would never allow that kind of work to happen outside a secure facility anyway), why not just work from home? Almost every company has webcast and dial in capabilities these days. My company allows this and my colleagues and I take frequent advantage. I suppose there might be the case where someone doesn't have a spare room or even nook in their apt./house in which to set up a laptop and a tiny desk, but from what I've seen and experienced, that's an extremely rare occurrence.
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Old 02-13-2020, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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On another topic, I don't fully get these WeWork spaces for corporations like Merck, IBM, etc... I always assumed they were geared more toward start-ups. If you don't have to meet customers face-to-face on a regular basis throughout the day, or if you're not in a function like R&D where in-person collaboration is critical (these companies would never allow that kind of work to happen outside a secure facility anyway), why not just work from home? Almost every company has webcast and dial in capabilities these days. My company allows this and my colleagues and I take frequent advantage. I suppose there might be the case where someone doesn't have a spare room or even nook in their apt./house in which to set up a laptop and a tiny desk, but from what I've seen and experienced, that's an extremely rare occurrence.

Yeah I am not sure really. I work in technology and I do think there is some synergy to be gained from being around other people trying to achieve the same things. Or it could just be that Softbank needs to recoup the billions that they have spent investing in the US too, so they are making calls to everyone to see what deals they can make.
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Old 02-13-2020, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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Philadelphia airport sets new record for passenger traffic – and it could really take off in 2020



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Domestic passengers rose 4.5% year-over-year to 28.9 million, and international traffic increased 1.9% to nearly 4.1 million. Total plane movements — the number of flights taking off or landing — rose 2.8% to 390,321.
American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL), the dominant carrier at PHL, is adding several new routes out of the airport in 2020. The carrier is extending its 2020 flying season for direct routes from PHL to Lisbon and Prague due to their popularity. In August, the carrier announced plans to add nonstop seasonal service from Philadelphia to Casablanca, Morocco, and Reykjavik, Iceland, this summer.
Frontier Airlines, meanwhile, will begin service from Philadelphia to Los Angeles International Airport on April 23, Boston's Logan International Airport on May 1, and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on May 17. The flights bring the carrier's number of routes out of PHL to 24.
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Old 02-14-2020, 07:51 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Good to see PHL and the American hub there thriving. They've added an impressive number of international routes recently, and gained a few foreign carriers, which can help it compete with the likes of EWR and JFK. I remember during the US Air/American merger that they were talking about possibly reducing their presence in Philly because of redundancy with their existing East Coast bases. But now they are shifting more flights to PHL and even supposedly adding Dreamliner flights there as well.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tedreed.../#303702ca3e6f
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Old 02-14-2020, 08:11 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Good to see PHL and the American hub there thriving. They've added an impressive number of international routes recently, and gained a few foreign carriers, which can help it compete with the likes of EWR and JFK. I remember during the US Air/American merger that they were talking about possibly reducing their presence in Philly because of redundancy with their existing East Coast bases. But now they are shifting more flights to PHL and even supposedly adding Dreamliner flights there as well.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tedreed.../#303702ca3e6f
Great news. I wish Delta and United would add some direct flights from PHL to major west coast cities though.
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Old 02-14-2020, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Good to see PHL and the American hub there thriving. They've added an impressive number of international routes recently, and gained a few foreign carriers, which can help it compete with the likes of EWR and JFK. I remember during the US Air/American merger that they were talking about possibly reducing their presence in Philly because of redundancy with their existing East Coast bases. But now they are shifting more flights to PHL and even supposedly adding Dreamliner flights there as well.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tedreed.../#303702ca3e6f

American actually selected PHL to be it's trans Atlantic hub for the East Coast. Hence its growing list of nonstop international destinations, as other cities connecting flights land in PHL for the international flights. Not all of this international travel occupancy originates from PHL, but the connecting flights, as PHL is the hub.

Definitely a win win for PHL and really makes the city more competitive on an economic front to lure companies with an international presence here. Awesome news!!
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Old 02-15-2020, 04:34 PM
 
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https://www.merck.com/about/featured...y-we-work.html


I know I said I would rather see more homegrown companies emerge, but having new offices of major corporations does make for a good story.


Vanguard, Merck, IBM, Grubhub, Lfty, Nasdaq, JPMorgan is a pretty formidable line-up of companies that have committed more jobs to the city in the last year or so.
TIAA had an office in CC for years. Now they're in UC.
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Old 02-15-2020, 04:37 PM
 
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Didn't Merck(Merck, Sharp, and Dohme) start in Philadelphia?
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