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Because a drayage load can mean a few different things, confusion among carriers is common. Many carriers link drayage with going into a port, but that isn't always true. While all drayage loads typically originate from a port of entry, there are often several legs of a drayage journey before a container turns up at its final stop. Legs of a drayage load may include:

Why Are Drayage Companies in Philadelphia, PA So Important?

You may be thinking, what's so important about drayage? It's such a small step in the container storage transport process. In reality, it's an integral piece needed in the logistics industry and a crucial part of U.S. supply chain management.

To truly understand the importance of drayage, let's use flowers as an example. Most cut flower shipments enter the market from areas in South America until they end up at Dutch auction houses. Once there, wholesalers purchase flowers in bulk and send those products to retail outlets worldwide. Because flowers are perishable, they typically need to be refrigerated and are often shipped in reefer containers. These refrigerated vessels must maintain a certain temp to prevent loss.

Drayage companies like RelyEx allow flower shippers to send their products from Argentinian ports to airports in the Netherlands with peace of mind because their products are protected. The only way to accomplish this feat is with the help of swift, meticulous port drayage services. Drayage companies allow flower shippers to send their products from Argentinian ports to airports in the Netherlands with peace of mind, because their products are protected. The only way to accomplish this feat is with the help of swift, meticulous port drayage services.

If port drayage is compromised, it can cause delays and even fines. You know the packages you get delivered to your front door from apps like Amazon? Without drayage and drayage brokers, one or two-day shipping times wouldn't even be possible.

As a multi-billion-dollar industry in the U.S. alone, it seems like drayage shipping issues shouldn't exist. But the fact is inefficiencies and congestion are still major problems at ports. Whether it's a lack of carriers, absent chassis, or overburdened terminals, delays lead to missed deadlines, lost revenue, and worse.

But anytime challenges exist, so too do innovative solutions.

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RelyEx Solves Problems

At RelyEx, we like to consider ourselves problem solvers. The nature of the container drayage industry presents new challenges every day, but we're firm believers that there's a solution to every hurdle we encounter. And while some drayage businesses implement a reactive approach, RelyEx customers choose us for our proactive mindset. We take pride in solving your company's drayage challenges to help you avoid frustrating fees, missed expectations, and delayed shipments. We strive to make every transaction successful and streamlined by partnering with shippers who prioritize transparent, prompt, and accurate communication.

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RelyEx Has a Unique Vantage Point

RelyEx approaches your business from the customer's perspective - a unique approach that helps us provide high-quality, effective drayage services. We've been in the customers' shoes, know their pain points, and because of that, provide first-hand solutions to stressful supply chain issues. With over 30 years of collective knowledge, our team excels in:

  • Inventory Management
  • Logistics
  • Purchasing
  • Finance

Our varied, high-level drayage shipping experience helps us achieve our overarching goal: expertly managing your freight movement needs. That way, you can direct your time and focus on growing the core aspects of your business while we handle the heavy lifting. Throw in proactive planning to avoid bottleneck situations and strong communication for transparent customer relations, and you can see why so many companies trust RelyEx.

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RelyEx Nurtures Strong Carrier Relationships

When it comes to shipping logistics, it only takes one mistake by a mediocre worker to disrupt your business. That's why, at RelyEx, we pride ourselves on forming and nurturing relationships with carriers who match our standards of care. Our founding partner started his career transporting freight for companies as an on-demand carrier. He uses that knowledge to maximize the resources of our carriers so that our customer's expectations aren't just met - they're exceeded.

Based in the port city of Philadelphia, RelyEx has a keen understanding of the challenges of managing the inbound and outbound flow of containers. Our team of container drayage experts provides your business with unique solutions to nuanced shipping problems, minimizing demurrage and ensuring the successful delivery of your freight.

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Customers choose RelyEx because:

  • We are a reliable drayage logistics partner that manages your freight from beginning to end
  • We have a rare industry vantage point with 30+ years of client-side experience
  • We foster and fortify the strongest vendor relations
  • We take a proactive approach to problem-solving, not a reactive approach
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Your Drayage Shipments Managed from Start to Finish

Some drayage brokers don't care how customers feel about their service as long as they sign a contract and get paid. As a solutions-oriented team, RelyEx takes the opposite approach. We're motivated by the opportunity to overachieve for our customers and to provide them with the best logistics experience possible. With professional experience as carriers and shippers ourselves, we know the roadblocks and challenges you're facing. We excel at mapping out the best plans of action to solve those problems. But that's just the start.

Our tracking experts monitor and manage every aspect of your drayage shipment from booking to delivery, 24/7. Once booked, we look for the availability of your containers hourly once they're at port. When they arrive, our team acts quickly to access your storage containers when they're available.

Plus, RelyEx ensures your company's requirements are met by the carrier during loading and delivery and provide necessary documentation as fast as possible. With real-time tracking updates and access to our customer service professionals, your team has complete visibility throughout the shipping process.

We Source Top-Notch Operators at the Best Prices

Over the years, RelyEx has built a strong network of drayage carriers, transloading locations, and container storage spaces to provide you with the best possible options to match your drayage service needs. We know that searching for quality service presents an added layer of complexity and stress to our customers. That's why we work hard to take that off your plate by connecting you with our reliable shipping partners.

With a background moving freight as an on-demand carrier, our founding partner understands how to maximize the resources and equipment of our carriers to match your needs.

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We Make Transparent, Timely Communication a Priority

Like other industries, the global logistics space is complex. Mistakes will be made, and problems will happen. With those truths in mind, RelyEx has built its reputation as problem solvers. Unlike other drayage companies, we don't shy away from this industry's complexities because we take pride in solving problems. Even better, we aim to do what's needed to avoid those problems altogether.

As your logistics partner, we will provide your company with accurate, transparent, and prompt communication. If there are unexpected issues, we'll notify you immediately and will provide several options to remedy the problem. We even offer custom reporting for large clients who need at-the-moment updates and quick access to shipment documentation.

We Have Robust Project Management Experience

Why let the unpredictability of your industry dictate your success? With a background working in manufacturing, our founders are familiar with the demands of managing production schedules and sales orders. That experience makes it abundantly clear to us that every business and industry is different. If you struggle with seasonal surges or other factors, our team supports your business with a mapped-out plan and schedule, so you stay ahead of the game.

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Typically, shippers need four specific documents to clear shipments through customs: A Bill of Lading (or BOL), a commercial invoice, a packing list, and an arrival notice. Seasoned drayage brokers like RelyEx are used to preparing these documents, but new shippers tend to miss this step due to inexperience.

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If a shipper only pays for part of their shipment, a vessel operator may refuse to release their freight until their bill is fully paid. Payment delays lead to cargo detention at the port of entry, which triggers demurrage charges.

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Paperwork is needed when you're shipping goods with a drayage company. When documents like the Certificate of Origin or Bill of Lading arrive at their destination late, you can expect demurrage fees. RelyEx avoids this situation entirely by being proactive when submitting paperwork.

Additional causes for demurrage fees can include:

  • Damaged Container Storage
  • Custom Released Containers
  • Storage Containers Are Too Heavy

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The Supply Chain Partner You Can Count On

At RelyEx, we know first-hand how stressful supply chain problems can be for business owners. Though drayage shipping might seem minor on the surface, it affects every stage of your shipping process. And when inevitable hurdles manifest, RelyEx propels you over the proverbial roadblocks with a proactive mindset and a passion for challenging projects. We believe that all problems have a solution, and our unique vantage point allows us to provide first-hand solutions to customers in a wide array of industries.

When it comes to your business, don't settle for anything less than RelyEx. Contact our office today to learn more about how we make your shipping experience streamlined and stress-free.

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NHL On Tap: Canucks can become 1st to reach 50 points with win vs. Flyers

Welcome to NHL On Tap. Three NHL.com writers will share what they are most looking forward to on the schedule each day. Today, their choices from the four games Thursday.Canucks want to maintain momentumThe Vancouver Canucks will look to extend their point streak to 10 games and become the first team in the NHL to reach 50 points this season when they host the Philadelphia Flyers at Rogers Arena (10 p.m. ET; SNP, NBCSP). Vancouver (23-9-3), tied with the New York Rangers for first in the NHL with 49 points, is 7-0-2 ...

Welcome to NHL On Tap. Three NHL.com writers will share what they are most looking forward to on the schedule each day. Today, their choices from the four games Thursday.

Canucks want to maintain momentum

The Vancouver Canucks will look to extend their point streak to 10 games and become the first team in the NHL to reach 50 points this season when they host the Philadelphia Flyers at Rogers Arena (10 p.m. ET; SNP, NBCSP). Vancouver (23-9-3), tied with the New York Rangers for first in the NHL with 49 points, is 7-0-2 during its nine-game run, the latest a 7-4 win against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. Quinn Hughes is tied with Alexander Edler for most multipoint games by a defenseman in Canucks history (68). The 24-year-old leads NHL defensemen with 34 assists and 44 points in 35 games this season. The Flyers (18-11-4) have lost two straight (0-1-1) after going 7-0-1 in their previous eight. Forward Owen Tippett has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past seven games for Philadelphia. -- Mike G. Morreale, staff writer

Streaky Oilers seek revenge on Sharks

The Edmonton Oilers go for their third straight win when they visit the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, SNW). The Oilers (15-15-1) came from behind by scoring four goals in the third period to win each of their past two games, at the New Jersey Devils (6-3 on Dec. 21) and at the New York Rangers (4-3 on Friday) to rebound from a three-game losing streak following an eight-game winning streak. Edmonton captain Connor McDavid has 31 points (eight goals, 23 assists) in his past 15 games. San Jose (9-23-3) will try to end a six-game losing streak. The Sharks defeated the Oilers 3-2 in their first meeting of the season at SAP Center on Nov. 9. -- Tom Gulitti, staff writer

Fiala in a groove for Kings

Kevin Fiala is putting together a solid offensive run with 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in his past 10 games and will attempt to continue it when the Los Angeles Kings (20-7-4) visit the Vegas Golden Knights (21-10-5) at T-Mobile Arena (10 p.m. ET; SCRIPPS, BSW, SNO, SNE, TVAS). The Kings forward, who scored during a 5-1 win against the Sharks on Wednesday, has 30 points (seven goals, 23 assists) in 31 games this season. Los Angeles, which has won two straight and four of its past five (4-1-0), is three points behind second-place Vegas in the Pacific Division. The Golden Knights will try to end a four-game losing streak, their longest of the season; they have been outscored 20-11 during the skid, the latest a 5-2 loss at the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. Forward Mark Stone scored to extend his point streak to five games (seven points; two goals, five assists). The Golden Knights captain has 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in his past 14 games. -- Derek Van Diest, staff writer

Thursday games

Montreal Canadiens at Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m. ET; BSSO, TSN2, RDS)

Canadiens center Sean Monahan needs one point to reach 500 for his NHL career (227 goals, 272 assists in 714 games). Montreal (15-13-5) has points in five straight games (3-0-2) and is 2-0-1 so far during a stretch of seven consecutive road games. Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho got his 500th NHL point on a goal and added three assists to his total to reach 503 points (232 goals, 271 assists in 552 games) in a 5-2 win at the Nashville Predators on Wednesday. Aho has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in his past eight games. The Hurricanes (18-13-4) haven’t lost in regulation to the Canadiens in 10 games (9-0-1) since a 6-4 loss on Dec. 13, 2018, including sixth straight wins.

Philadelphia Flyers at Vancouver Canucks (10 p.m. ET; SNP, NBCSP)

Vancouver’s third line of Teddy Blueger, Dakota Joshua and Conor Garland have combined for 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) in the past 10 games. Flyers rookie goalie Samuel Ersson is 7-1-1 with a 2.05 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and two shutouts in his past nine games.

Los Angeles Kings at Vegas Golden Knights (10 p.m. ET; SCRIPPS, BSW, SNO, SNE, TVAS)

The Kings seek to win their third straight and tighten the Pacific standings. Forward Adrian Kempe scored twice for Los Angeles against San Jose on Wednesday to end a six-game goal drought. The Golden Knights are 7-6-3 in their past 16 games after opening the season 14-4-2. Vegas plays its final game before facing the Seattle Kraken in the 2024 Discover NHL Winter Classic at T-Mobile Park, home of Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners, on Monday.

Edmonton Oilers at San Jose Sharks (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, SNW)

Center Leon Draisaitl (459 assists) needs one assist to tie Paul Coffey (460) for sixth in Oilers history. Center Ryan McLeod has three goals in his past two games for Edmonton after scoring two goals in his first 29 games this season. Sharks forward Fabian Zetterlund scored his fifth game-opening goal of the season at the Kings on Wednesday. Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Chicago Blackhawks center Connor Bedard are tied for the NHL lead with six each.

Looking at Phillies' 5 potential arbitration cases as hearing season nears

As the new year approaches, teams and arbitration-eligible players — five of them, in the Phillies' case — have two more weeks to agree to a contract for the 2024 season. If they don't, both sides submit a salary figure for the upcoming season and a hearing is scheduled between January 29 and February 16.A deal can still be worked out in the interim, but if no agreement is reached by the time of the hearing, a panel of arbitrators listens to each side's case and then selects one of the two figures as the player's salary fo...

As the new year approaches, teams and arbitration-eligible players — five of them, in the Phillies' case — have two more weeks to agree to a contract for the 2024 season. If they don't, both sides submit a salary figure for the upcoming season and a hearing is scheduled between January 29 and February 16.

A deal can still be worked out in the interim, but if no agreement is reached by the time of the hearing, a panel of arbitrators listens to each side's case and then selects one of the two figures as the player's salary for the upcoming season.

The Phillies began the offseason with eight arbitration-eligible players. They agreed to one-year deals with three of them — Jake Cave, Dylan Covey and Garrett Stubbs — on November 17, which was the deadline for teams to decide whether or not to tender contracts to players on their 40-man roster who haven't yet earned enough MLB service time to reach free agency.

Cave ($1M), Covey and Stubbs ($850,000) each agreed to one-year deals. The Phils' five remaining arbitration-eligible players are Jeff Hoffman, Ranger Suarez, Alec Bohm, Gregory Soto and Edmundo Sosa.

The only one going through the process for the final time is Hoffman, a key figure in the Phillies' bullpen in 2023. It will be arbitration year 2 of 3 for Suarez and Soto and the first time for Bohm and Sosa.

Salaries through the arbitration process are primarily based on comparable players who have signed contracts in recent seasons. MLBTradeRumors' Matt Swartz has used an algorithm to project arbitration salaries for the last 13 years and it's proven to be extremely accurate. Here is what it projects for the five Phillies, with their 2023 salary in parentheses:

Hoffman: $2.1 million ($1.3M)

Suarez: $4.7 million ($2.95M)

Soto: $4.9 million ($3.925M)

Sosa: $1.7 million ($950K)

Bohm: $4.3 million ($748K)

Teams often find common ground with their players the week leading up to the exchange of figures to avoid going to arbitration. The Phillies did so with Rhys Hoskins, Suarez, Soto and Sosa on January 13, 2023, hours before the deadline to exchange figures.

They did not reach agreements on that day with their two other eligible players, Jose Alvarado and Seranthony Dominguez, but signed Alvarado to a three-year extension and Dominguez to a two-year extension the next month. Similarly, they could look to extend Suarez over the next two months.

Notable Phillies who aren't yet eligible for arbitration but will be after the 2024 season are Bryson Stott, Brandon Marsh and Cristian Pache.

Game Notes: Canucks vs. Flyers

CANUCKS VS FLYERSTV: Sportsnet Pacific, NBC Sports PhiladelphiaRadio: Sportsnet 650MATCH-UP INFOQUICK NUMBERSLAST MEETING – OCT 17/23: VAN 0 at PHI 2Quinn Hughes registered a team-high four shots on goal...Filip Hronek and Sam Lafferty recorded three shots on goal...Lafferty and Jack Studnicka led the team in hits (3)...Anthony Beauvillier led the team in blocked shots...J.T. Miller tied his te...

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Quinn Hughes registered a team-high four shots on goal...Filip Hronek and Sam Lafferty recorded three shots on goal...Lafferty and Jack Studnicka led the team in hits (3)...Anthony Beauvillier led the team in blocked shots...J.T. Miller tied his team-high of 12 faceoff wins...Pius Suter posted a 60% success rate in the faceoff circle...Thatcher Demko made 40 saves...Carson Soucy played 15:53 and made his debut as a Canuck.

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Goals For/Game3.86 (1st)2.97 (24th)
Goals Against/Game2.51 (2nd)2.76 (9th)
Power Play %24.2 (9th)10.6 (32nd)
Penalty Kill %77.8 (23rd)85.7 (t-4th)
Penalty Min./Game9:27 (15th)11:27 (28th)

*Rankings are accurate as of 10:00a.m. PT on December 27, 2023

LAST GAME PLAYED – DEC. 23/23: VAN 7 vs SJS 4

Andrei Kuzmenko scored his seventh of the season to open the scoring just 1:34 into the game...Ilya Mikheyev and Elias Pettersson recorded the assists...Kuzmenko potted his second of the game at 6:51...J.T. Miller and Pettersson picked up the assists...Nils Åman gave Vancouver a 3-2 lead 6:03 into the second period...Teddy Blueger recorded the only assist...Sam Lafferty doubled the lead just 2:33 later...Ian Cole and Conor Garland were awarded the assists...Dakota Joshua re-established the two-goal lead with 47 seconds remaining in the second...Garland and Blueger recorded the assists...Pius Suter put home his sixth of the season with 4:17 remaining in the third...Quinn Hughes and Miller picked up the assists...Hughes closed the scoring with an empty-netter with 13 seconds left...Pettersson led the team with seven shots...Joshua led the team in hits (4)...Miller won a season-high 20 faceoffs...Thatcher Demko made 21 saves.

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NOVEMBER WINNER – Hughes, Demko (30 pts) OCTOBER WINNER – Pettersson (15 pts) *5 points are awarded for each Three Stars selection

Philadelphia’s hottest new neighborhood? Underneath the elevated train tracks in Fishtown and Kensington

A building boom is unfolding on Front Street in Fishtown along the Market-Frankford elevated train line.Walking north beneath this towering transit edifice, pedestrians are forced to zig-zag across the street to avoid construction sites spilling onto the sidewalks. The total number of apartments on Front Street between Girard and the York-Dauphin stations is set to almost double in the next year.“It’s pretty surreal to see it all happening at the same time,” said Henry Siebert, cofounder of Archive Development...

A building boom is unfolding on Front Street in Fishtown along the Market-Frankford elevated train line.

Walking north beneath this towering transit edifice, pedestrians are forced to zig-zag across the street to avoid construction sites spilling onto the sidewalks. The total number of apartments on Front Street between Girard and the York-Dauphin stations is set to almost double in the next year.

“It’s pretty surreal to see it all happening at the same time,” said Henry Siebert, cofounder of Archive Development, which plans to build at 1440 N. Front St. “The amount of construction that’s ongoing, I don’t see that anywhere else in Fishtown.”

According to the CoStar Group, a commercial real estate analytics firm, there are 441 apartment units actively under construction along this 1.1-mile stretch of the Market-Frankford Line, another 174 are proposed, and 231 have been completed since 2019. (There were 215 apartment units along the stretch prior to that year.) And that’s probably a slight undercount because it only includes projects with five units or more.

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There are new apartments popping up in the storefronts of renovated older buildings along the train line, such as the building that housed Mighty Mick’s boxing gym in the Rocky movies. When construction there is complete, it will include a commercial space of 2,600 square feet along with four apartments in the revitalized historic brick building.

All this is happening as SEPTA ridership is dramatically lower than it was before the pandemic. In November, ridership on the Market-Frankford Line was only at 58% of February 2020 levels. Ridership at the stops in this part of Fishtown is even lower, according to data provided by SEPTA, with the York-Dauphin station only seeing 46% of 2019 ridership levels in 2023, the Berks station 52%, and the Girard station 48%.

More than 1,600 apartment units are under construction within a 10-minute walk of Market-Frankford El stations near Fishtown and Kensington, and more than 900 more are proposed. The area currently is home to about 4,500 existing apartment rentals.

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With the rise of remote work, far fewer office workers are going into Center City for a full five-day workweek. That means that some of the upper-middle-class tenants flocking to newly built apartment buildings are riding transit less than ever.

With fewer users, antisocial behavior on mass transit has become more common since the pandemic, especially on the Market-Frankford Line that runs above Kensington, which has long been the center of the city’s opioid epidemic.

And yet, the transit infrastructure is attracting a level of investment unprecedented in modern memory.

“SEPTA is experiencing a rough patch,” said Yonah Freemark, a senior researcher at the Washington-based Urban Institute, a policy think tank. “But for all the problems with drug abuse and lack of investment from the public sector, the fact that private investors want to spend huge amounts of money bringing hundreds of apartments to the neighborhood seems incredibly bullish for the future.”

Few neighborhoods in Philadelphia have been as transformed as Fishtown since the Great Recession.

In 2012, political scientist Charles Murray used the neighborhood as the embodiment of all that had gone wrong for a downwardly mobile, white, working-class America. The commercial corridors on Frankford Avenue and Front Street were run-down, with many shuttered storefronts. The headquarters of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club could be found, but not a wine bar.

Now, Fishtown is the neighborhood in Philadelphia outsiders are most likely to be able to name, partly due to a spate of national media attention. The Warlocks vacated in 2011, and Frankford Avenue is now a thriving commercial corridor home to many of the city’s finest restaurants (including a James Beard Award winner), cocktail bars, and a La Colombe that looks large enough to house a harrier jet. According to Census data, the Northern Liberties and Fishtown area now has the highest median income in the city.

“As Northern Liberties got all the hype [in the 2000s] prices went up and people started moving into Fishtown because it was more affordable,” said Brenda Nguyen, associate director at CoStar’s Philadelphia office. Now “the Fishtown area has enough dense housing, retail, restaurants, and neighborhood amenities that there’s a critical mass of demand.”

Throughout Fishtown’s redevelopment, many of the large vacant lots on Frankford Avenue, and elsewhere east of the Market-Frankford Line, filled in. Within a 10-minute walk of the heavy rail line there are 4,585 existing apartment rentals and 1,646 under construction. (A further 922 are proposed, although their status is unclear given the development industry’s current deep freeze.)

“When we originally started developing in the city in 2018, I told [my partner] that we would likely never develop a property along the El,” said Siebert. But “as large-scale development opportunities became more and more scarce, developers eventually turned their attention to Front [Street].”

Many developers had avoided the thoroughfare, partly because the looming edifice creates challenges with noise from passing trains and limits natural light. But the area became more appealing as other developable land vanished.

It helps that the land along this stretch of the Market-Frankford Line is zoned to allow taller and denser buildings than much of the rest of Fishtown. Archive Development addressed the challenges of building next to the train line by designing a first floor with 17-foot ceilings, ensuring the residential units on the second floor were elevated above transit. They plan to install windows with special glazing to reduce noise from passing trains.

Developers who have seen how Frankford Avenue has thrived to the east hope that they can build enough housing to create the demand for a second strong retail corridor. But they also hope to help establish attractive retail businesses that will, in turn attract more tenants. It’s the virtuous cycle that helped early developers in Fishtown such as Roland Kassis — who is also building next to the El — successfully launch businesses such as Frankford Hall and the La Colombe flagship.

“I was talking to a broker the other day and he said that what people want is an activated street front,” said Rafi Licht, a developer with Norris Square Development, the company behind the renovated Mighty Mick’s gym building.

“That’s what we’re aiming for here,” said Licht. “Putting in coffee shops, bars, restaurants, whatever is going to activate the street that makes it easier for people to imagine living upstairs.”

Norris Square Development is also working on other properties around the York-Dauphin stop. In 2022, Rowhome Coffee opened in its building at 2152 N. Front St. It drew a crowd then, and it still does.

“When Rowhome Coffee opened during the pandemic, people were queued up for the takeout window,” said Jonathan Auerbach, a partner in Norris Square Development. “I saw young women with prams lined up and realized, wow, people have been waiting for this.”

Few of the developments along the El are subsidized, meaning rents will be relatively high in comparison with housing costs in nearby working-class and lower-income neighborhoods. (The rents in the Mighty Mick’s building will be close to $2,000 for a two-bedroom or $1,600 for a one-bedroom.) Many workers who have jobs that require in-person attendance — such as retail, hospitality, or restaurant work — are less likely to be able to afford newly constructed, transit-oriented apartments.

Even before the pandemic, most studies showed that lower-income and working-class people are far more likely to use transit, partly due to the high cost of car ownership and partly because they were more likely to live in cities with extensive transit systems.

A 2016 Pew study and a Census study of 2019 commuter behavior also revealed that higher-income Americans were more likely to use transit than their middle-income peers, perhaps because wealthier people had started moving back to the transit-rich big cities of the Northeast.

But post-pandemic, transit may be less of an important amenity than it once was.

“[These] renters might not see public transit as a primary factor when they’re choosing where they want to live,” said Nguyen of CoStar. “It’s more of an added bonus.”

Still, developers in Fishtown argue that even if white-collar workers are less likely to be going into the office five days a week, the Market-Frankford Line still offers unparalleled access to Center City and University City.

“If you’re going to the office [at all], you still need a way to get to Center City,” said Ryan Kalili, cofounder of Archive Development. “Two days or three days a week is still enough that you’re not going to Uber. “I think [ridership] hopefully will change as the northern part of Front Street [attracts more residents].”

Many people say Center City is unsafe, but Prema Katari Gupta wants to change that perception in her new role

Gupta will take over Center City District from her predecessor Paul Levy, who ran the organization for over 30 years.In 1991, Philadelphia had been losing residents for decades. Few new homes were being built in the city and Center City’s streets were largely vacant after 5 p.m.That year, Paul Levy, an enthusiast for the kind of walka...

Gupta will take over Center City District from her predecessor Paul Levy, who ran the organization for over 30 years.

In 1991, Philadelphia had been losing residents for decades. Few new homes were being built in the city and Center City’s streets were largely vacant after 5 p.m.

That year, Paul Levy, an enthusiast for the kind of walkable dense urban areas rarely found in the United States, became the head of a newly founded business improvement district known as Center City District. Since then, CCD has grown to be one of America’s most influential business improvement districts. But while Levy has sway with many influential people, including Mayor-elect Cherelle Parker, earlier this year he announced he would step down as president of the organization at the end of 2023.

Prema Katari Gupta, who has worked at the organization since 2020, and previously worked at the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp.’s Navy Yard operation and for the University City District, will take over as president and CEO.

Gupta takes over at a pivotal time in Philadelphia, with a new mayor and a young City Council taking control of a city that in some ways is in a very different place than it was in 2019. Although Center City itself has seen substantial improvements, CCD’s latest study shows only 83% of pedestrian volume has returned when comparing November 2019 and November 2023.

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Gupta sat down with The Inquirer just before Christmas for an interview about how she sees the state of downtown, how remote work has challenged CCD, and why she wants to emphasize Center City’s role in fighting climate change.

How do you feel about the state of Center City? We’re doing better than most U.S. downtowns, but if you’d told me four years ago we’d have 17% fewer people walking around I would have been very concerned!

I wonder if it’s time to stop talking about recovery [from the pandemic]. We may have a differently formulated ecosystem now. We haven’t seen any evidence that the return to office has plateaued, but it’s clearly lagging. It’s not where we thought it might be.

But at the same time, we have more people living downtown. One of the things that’s kept our downtown really strong is that over the various disruptions of the last four years, we have had a strong and growing residential population. We had 2,800 new units built in 2022 in greater Center City.

People want to live here. We are the envy of a lot of other downtowns, because we do have that walkable, granular mixed-use downtown, with a lot of different populations using it at different times. That isn’t to say we don’t have a lot of challenges. But I think our downtown is very strong.

What do you hope to prioritize as you take over the organization?

I’ll be focusing on continuity, and [keeping Center City] clean and safe,because that is what we’re hearing from folks. Downtown needs to be clean and safe and comfortable and inviting to a really broad range of users.

There’s no doubt we have some quality-of-life challenges, but I do think a lot about actual safety, and serious crimes are down in Center City. We don’t talk enough about that. And I think that there continues to be a gulf between perception and reality. I think this organization is in charge of telling the story of the great stuff that’s happening too.

I’ve heard some Navy Yard developers pitch their sites as safer, cleaner, more controlled alternatives to Center City. Do you see the Navy Yard as competition in relation to attracting tenants to offices?

One of our greatest attributes in Center City is this walkable grid we have. Not every land use fits in a walkable grid. What the Navy Yard does really well is create a home for production facilities that don’t fit in a grid. A lot of the development that I worked on when I was at the Navy Yard was really big buildings that wouldn’t fit here. So it’s not competition. I don’t see it that way at all.

There’s a case to be made that there’s almost a life cycle of companies. They start researching at a university in the city, get incubated in University City, and when they get their larger rounds of funding, traditionally, they’d go out in the suburbs somewhere. Now there’s a place [the Navy Yard] to keep the talent, the employment, the taxes, the vitality within the city. And I think it’s really exciting that residential is coming to the Navy Yard.

Could remote work have an effect on the finances of BIDs like CCD, which rely on fees paid by property owners for funding? Many commercial office owners may challenge their assessments.

It’s definitely something we’ve thought about. The situation we’re in, that we weren’t in in the ‘90s, is that our assessments come from more diversified sources. So it comes from the rental apartment buildings, too. I think we’re still waiting and seeing. We haven’t seen any evidence that the return to work has plateaued. And we do know that the Class A product [the highest-end office buildings] in downtown is performing well. We are seeing more and more companies continue to come back to work.

Where it hasn’t happened, whether it’s on the company level or the individual level, I think we need to interrogate that a bit. Is it because of some logistical inefficiency, like a commute? Is it because of caregiving responsibilities? Is it about perceptions of safety? We can deal with that. We can manage that. We can support companies with information and information fairs, which we’ve done a good amount of and will continue to do.

I do think that there’s systemic things, like around caregiving, that the last couple of years has daylighted in a really obvious way. So I think that it’s something to continue to look at, but I don’t think there’s a looming crisis. I don’t think that it’s resolved yet.

Paul Levy lobbied to replace city wage tax with increased taxes on commercial properties to attract more high-end jobs. Given the current realities of hybrid work, that doesn’t seem as palatable today as it sounded pre-pandemic.

That is something that we need to explore further. But I’ve always felt that the value proposition of both living and working downtown is quality of life. Where we can very immediately put our thumb on the scale is improving quality of life in Center City.

There’s also an undeveloped equity argument for downtown. We talk a lot about how two-thirds of jobs downtown don’t require a college degree. I think people have the perception that it’s a white-collar attorney working downtown. It’s not. So I’m thinking a lot about framing downtown as the best place, the most convenient place, for opportunity.

I’m also really interested in framing downtown in terms of climate change. We need to double down on dense land uses and public transportation. There’s no other place in the region, and I’m including University City in this, too, where you don’t need a car. We are accessible to most of the region without a car, and that’s a very strong both equity and climate consideration.

Eagles stock watch: Which players deserve an expanded role in final 2 games

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The Eagles are undergoing a youth movement, and as the team looks to hit their peak heading into the playoffs, several candidates earned more playing time.

Philadelphia hasn’t played like a Super Bowl contender, and if this is on a course to be one and done in the postseason, it’ll be beneficial.

The Eagles have two regular season contests left before entering the tournament, and we’ve highlighted several players who’ve earned an expanded role as we advance.

In Monday’s win, Calcaterra logged his first reception of the season.

Calcaterra added a 12-yard reception in the third quarter to keep another drive going.

Calcaterra had 5 receptions for 81 yards in his 2022 rookie season, and he’s an athletic pass catcher that has chemistry with Jalen Hurts going back to his time at Oklahoma.

Covey has been outstanding all season and entered the game against the Giants as No. 3 in the NFL in punt return avg., along with the most returns of 15+ yards.

He’s been a critical contributor for the Eagles and an elite contributor as a wide receiver at Utah.

Asked #Eagles WR coach Aaron Moorehead about Britain Covey’s progression as a WR earlier this year, during his Super Bowl media availability:

“The thing with Covey is Covey’s a sponge. Covey’s gonna listen to everything you tell ‘em; every coaching point, every little detail,…

— Andrew DiCecco (@AndrewDiCecco) December 27, 2023

During his final season in the Pac 12, Covey led the team in receptions (60), yards (637), and yards per game (49.0) with one touchdown, finishing the season with 1,174 all-purpose yards (172 rush, 637 receive, 221 punt return, 144 kick return). He had five 100-yard all-purpose games and 3-of-3 passing for 71 yards and two touchdowns.

If the Eagles are sending Quez Watkins a message, why not get the shifty Covey involved in the passing game.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – DECEMBER 25: Shaquille Leonard #53 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts after a tackle during the first quarter against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on December 25, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

In the first half against the Giants, Leonard had four tackles, 2 TFLs, one sack, and a QB hit.

It was the first sack for Leonard in over two years.

The linebacker led the Philadelphia Eagles with seven tackles, including 2 for loss in a 33-25 victory over the New York Giants.

“They wrote me off, talked down on my name,” Leonard said postgame. “I’m here to prove it, prove I can still play, prove I can still make plays.”

Even with Nicholas Morrow and Zach Cunningham returning, Leonard needs to play more, and the Eagles will benefit from it.

Dec 25, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Kelee Ringo (22) runs off the field after win against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Ringo got the start at cornerback and finished the night with the biggest play of his career.

THAT'S GAME, @KeleeRingo pic.twitter.com/oKRw7SkV0E

— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 26, 2023

Ringo had 5 tackles, 1 pass defended and 51+ valuable snaps for a team thin at cornerback and headed towards the playoffs.

In the last two games, Kelee Ringo has only given up two catches for nine yards on five targets, according to PFF, while Eli Ricks has given up one catch for just one yard on six targets in the same span as well.

Even with Darius Slay returning at some point, Ringo has to stay in the lineup, switching roles with James Bradberry.

(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

VanSumeren logged a career-high 36 snaps in the win over the Giants, finishing with an 81.9 PFF grade, along with six tackles on the night.

Like Shaquille Leonard, VanSumeren has to have a place in the lineup regardless of what happens with Zach Cunningham and Nicholas Morrow.

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2024 NBA trade deadline: What Daryl Morey and the 76ers can do next

ORLANDO, Fla. -- As the Philadelphia 76ers weighed their options after future Hall of Famer James Harden requested a trade this summer, Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey repeatedly stated his objectives were either to get a star for Harden or get a return that would position Philadelphia to trade for a star in the fu...

ORLANDO, Fla. -- As the Philadelphia 76ers weighed their options after future Hall of Famer James Harden requested a trade this summer, Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey repeatedly stated his objectives were either to get a star for Harden or get a return that would position Philadelphia to trade for a star in the future.

The urgency of the moment was obvious. Philadelphia has the league's reigning MVP in Joel Embiid, but the team has been unable to get past the second round of the playoffs and couldn't afford to take a step back this season.

So far, the returns on the trade that sent Harden and P.J. Tucker to the LA Clippers for Nicolas Batum, Robert Covington, KJ Martin, Marcus Morris Sr. and future draft assets have been positive. Philadelphia has the best point differential of any team in the NBA and sports both a top-5 offense and defense -- a longtime standard for any inner-circle title contender that has been matched this season only by the Boston Celtics.

"I believe we're good enough," Embiid told ESPN this month. "[Boston and Milwaukee], those teams are great. They got good players on paper. Like you guys [in the media] have said, they're better than us," he continued, tongue firmly in cheek.

"Whatever happens, happens. If we add whoever, that is good. If we don't, we're still going to go out and fight and try to win. But I believe in what we have. And we're going to do the best job possible."

Embiid's job is to continue being arguably the league's most dominant force, averaging a career-high 35.0 points. Morey's job, however, is something else: to try to upgrade the roster around his superstar and give Philadelphia the best chance to break through in the postseason for the first time since Allen Iverson led the Sixers to the Finals in 2001.

In the aftermath of the Harden trade, Morey has flexibility, and could take any number of paths forward as the league approaches the Feb. 8 trade deadline.

Tensions still simmer between Eagles, Cardinals over Jonathan Gannon

The Eagles will welcome former Philly defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon, now the Cardinals head coach, to town on Sunday. There’s still an undercurrent of tension regarding the way his departure was handled, even if both sides insist there’s nothing to see here.The Cardinals tampered with Gannon, contacting him directly to invite him to interview for the head-coaching job at a time when contact was prohibited. The Eagles were not happy about it.“Obviously all those questions have been asked and answered,&r...

The Eagles will welcome former Philly defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon, now the Cardinals head coach, to town on Sunday. There’s still an undercurrent of tension regarding the way his departure was handled, even if both sides insist there’s nothing to see here.

The Cardinals tampered with Gannon, contacting him directly to invite him to interview for the head-coaching job at a time when contact was prohibited. The Eagles were not happy about it.

“Obviously all those questions have been asked and answered,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said Tuesday when asked about the manner in which Gannon’s departure impacted the relationship between the two men.

While some questions have been asked, most have not been answered. At least not satisfactorily. The tampering allegation was concealed until literally five minutes before the draft started. While it couldn’t be completely swept under the rug because the resolution involved an exchange of draft picks, it was announced in a way that minimized scrutiny.

A new item on ESPN.com takes a closer look at the situation, adding some new details about the problems caused by Arizona’s tampering with Gannon — and by Gannon’s concealment of it from the Eagles.

Gannon had said after the Eagles beat the Giants in the divisional round, “Philly’s keeping me. Good, bad or indifferent, I’m staying here.”

That declaration caused the Eagles to miss out on hiring Vic Fangio to succeed Gannon, per the report. The Eagles first learned on the Friday before the Super Bowl that Cardinals G.M. Monti Ossenfort would be submitting an interview request for Gannon after the Super Bowl. If the Eagles knew Gannon was planning to interview for the job, they could have tried to keep Fangio, who verbally accepted the defensive coordinator position in Miami.

The Eagles, according to ESPN.com, tried to get Fangio to stay in Philadelphia once they became aware of Gannon’s potential exit. Per the report, “word was already traveling through NFL circles that Gannon and the Cardinals had made more in-roads than anyone had let on.”

Gannon denied in comments to ESPN.com that progress had been made toward him getting the Arizona job, calling it “100% false.” Gannon also downplayed the extent of the impermissible conversations with the Cardinals.

"[Ossenfort] didn’t say, ‘This is a done deal,’” Gannon told ESPN.com. “I really, honestly, kind of put it out [of] the back of my mind.”

That seems like a stretch, to say the least. Gannon interviewed for the Cardinals job the day after the Super Bowl. Did he show up for the biggest meeting of his coaching career unprepared, winging it the Cardinals? Or did he spend time while he should have been preparing for the Super Bowl getting together his presentation, lining up his potential staff, and doing the other things that coaching candidates do when preparing to interview for one of the 32 most coveted jobs in all of football?

Common sense suggests that Gannon did more than put it out of the back of his mind. Common sense suggests that any time he spent preparing for the Arizona interview could have been devoted to addressing flaws in the Philly defense (like, for example, when adjusting to a receiver who goes in motion and abruptly turns around before catching a walk-in touchdown, twice).

It’s why some believe the hiring process shouldn’t even start until after the Super Bowl has ended. Every assistant coach wants to be a head coach. When the possibility lands on an assistant coach’s radar screen, of course it becomes a distraction.

In this case, the possibility of becoming a head coach secretly and improperly landed on Gannon’s radar screen. He concealed the information from the Eagles. And either he didn’t begin preparing for his interview until the wee hours of the night before it happened — or he did indeed spend time getting ready for the interview when that time could have been spent doing more to get the Eagles defense prepared for the Super Bowl.

Although Eagles G.M. Howie Roseman answered my questions on the issue by dubbing me a conspiracy theorist, it’s no conspiracy to acknowledge that Arizona’s tampering diluted Gannon’s time, divided his priorities, and ultimately undermined the performance of the Eagles defense in the Super Bowl.

Which possibly explains why the league worked so hard to downplay the situation. If all questions were asked and all questions were answered, we’d know how Gannon divided his time and attention between doing his current job to the best of his ability and landing the job he’d been working for his entire life. We’d know how many hours were spent talking to potential staff members and putting together notes for his meeting with the Cardinals and perhaps even rehearsing his presentation.

If the whole truth came out, the final conclusion could be that Arizona’s tampering kept the Eagles from putting their best foot forward during the Super Bowl. That’s something the league definitely doesn’t want anyone to realize — especially not any of the many who cumulatively bet millions on the Eagles to win.

NHL DFS Picks: Yahoo Plays and Strategy for Thursday, December 28

There are four games in the NHL on Thursday. Montreal plays in Carolina, ...

There are four games in the NHL on Thursday. Montreal plays in Carolina, Vancouver hosts Philadelphia, a tired Vegas team travels across town to play LA, who hosted the Sharks on Wednesday and a tired San Jose team takes on Edmonton. Below, you'll find suggested options for crafting an effective lineup.

GOALIE

Thatcher Demko, VAN vs. PHI ($39): Demko had a tough 2022-23 campaign, but he has turned things around this season, going 17-7-1 with a 2.46 GAA and .917 save percentage. He has been a big reason why the Canucks are atop the Western Conference standings and tied with the New York Rangers for the top spot in the NHL with 49 points. Demko will face the Flyers, who are fifth in shots on goal in the NHL, averaging 32.9 per contest.

GOALIE TO AVOID

Kaapo Kahkonen, SJ vs. EDM ($21): Kahkonen picked up Wednesday's start versus the Kings and is in line to start Thursday, if Mackenzie Blackwood (illness) is unable to go. Kahkonen is 5-9-1 with a 3.71 GAA and an .898 save percentage this season. Should Blackwood recover quickly and get the start, I would not start him either. The Oilers lead the NHL with 34.2 shots per game and are seventh in the league, averaging 3.45 goals per game.

CENTER

Connor McDavid, EDM at SJ ($38): McDavid has been outstanding of late with eight goals and 31 points in his last 15 games. He has been held off the scoresheet only once in the 15 contests. McDavid is tied for seventh in NHL scoring, but he is third overall in points per game, averaging 1.52 as he trails only Nikita Kucherov and Nathan MacKinnon. He will face the Sharks who are the worst defensive team in the league, a recipe for a big game for number 97.

CENTER TO AVOID

William Karlsson, VGK at LA ($20): Karlsson has only a goal and two assists in his last six games. Karlsson is having a good season with 14 goals and 31 points in 36 games, but he will have a tough matchup versus Cam Talbot and the Kings in a battle of two of the top three teams in the Western Conference.

WING

Zach Hyman, EDM at SJ ($25): It's a great move to combine Hyman with linemate Connor McDavid on Thursday. Hyman has 19 goals and 31 points in 30 games, including 11 goals in his last 13 contests. Hyman had a career year in 2022-23, scoring 36 times while adding 47 assists and could be on his way to bettering, or at least equaling last season's totals.

Andrei Svechnikov, CAR vs. MON ($22): Svechnikov spent the end of last season recovering from knee surgery as he last played March 11. Recovery took seven-and-a-half months, forcing the 23-year-old to miss the first eight games of the 2023-24 season. He has a pair of goals and three assists in his last four games, giving him three goals and 14 points in 20 outings this season. He has come on of late and has shown why he was selected second overall in 2018. Svechnikov plays on the top unit as well as seeing first-line power-play time with the Hurricanes.

WINGS TO AVOID

Evander Kane, EDM at SJ ($21): Kane had a goal Friday in his last game before the Christmas break, snapping a five-game point drought. Kane has 13 goals and 23 points in 31 games this season, but most of his offense came earlier in the season as he has only two goals and an assist in his last 10 games.

Brock Boeser, VAN vs. PHI ($28): Boeser is the highest priced winger in Yahoo on Thursday, as he has 24 goals and 38 points in only 35 games. He is off to his best start in his seven-year NHL career, but a closer look at his stats show that he has only two goals (and no assists) in his last five games. Boeser was held off the scoresheet in his only game versus the Flyers earlier in the season. That, and his recent slump, is reason enough to pass over him Thursday.

DEFENSE

Evan Bouchard, EDM at SJ ($23): Bouchard has been held without a point in his last four games but he had a 13-game point-streak previous to that. You have to expect Bouchard will snap out of it quickly and Thursday's tilt versus San Jose looks like a great spot. Bouchard has eight goals and 32 points in 31 games, including 16 power-play points as he quarterbacks the Oilers vaunted No. 1 power play. Bouchard had a goal and three assists in four games last season versus the Sharks, and picked up an assist in his lone game this season against San Jose.

Brent Burns, CAR vs. MON ($16): Burns had a big outing Wednesday, picking up a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win over Nashville. Burns has six goals and 16 points in 35 games this season. He was prolific versus the Canadiens last season, picking up three assists in three outings.

DEFENSEMEN TO AVOID

Alex Pietrangelo, VGK at LA ($22): Pietrangelo has failed to record a point in his last six games. He has a goal and 14 points in 30 games this season, his lowest points per game average since entering the league as a regular back during the 2010-11 campaign. Pietrangelo has five power-play assists as he continues to quarterback the top unit with Shea Theodore on long-term injured reserve with an upper-body injury, but that could end soon.

Mikey Anderson, LA vs. VGK ($16): Anderson picked up an assist on the final Kings' goal Wednesday in a 5-1 win over San Jose, giving him four assists in his last 22 games. Anderson got off to a great start with a goal and six assists in his first nine games, but he has not been effective since Halloween as far as being an offensive threat is concerned.

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