September 12: Aramark move | Refinery stress | Flight 93 National Memorial | Campbell Square’s fragile totem

Is Aramark moving its offices to 2400 Market? Gov. Tom Wolf and Aramark are holding a 1:30 p.m. press conference across from 2400 Market, the former Marketplace Design Center, which the company has been considering as its move from 1101 Market Street, the Inquirer reports. The City reportedly offered financial incentives and had earlier promised not to make the company jump through too many hoops to stay in town.

Just how, or how dramatically, does Johnny Doc influence City Council? Tricia Nadolny takes a look at the power and politics of the influential, investigated, leader of Local 98.

Philadelphia Energy Solutions is calling its finances “stressed” and is looking to cut jobs and benefits at its Philadelphia refinery, Bloomberg reports.

In this month’s Metropolis magazine, Inga Saffron pays a visit to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA where she finds the gravitas of a great battlefield memorial. “The architectural interventions do exactly what memorial design should do: They shape our experience of the site and dramatize the event while still allowing us to grieve on our own terms.”

Is Mack-Cali’s decision to back out of a development deal to build a 300-unit building at 709 Chestnut a sign of a cooling development market? Jacob Adelman attempts to read the tea leaves as rent growth levels off and labor costs remain high.

Campbell Square’s totem pole, carved from a dead tree in 2012, has decayed to the point that park boosters fear it will be lost, the Star reports. Sculptor Roger Wing has offered treatment options to prolong the lifespan of the neighborhood totem but the park’s friends group would need to raise money. 

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