As you may recall, Unisys leased space in Liberty Two, then asked for a variance to put a giant sign on the side of the building. This upset other business owners, anti-billboard people and those who recently bought condos in Center City’s third-largest building (848 feet).
Now Unisys is taking its giant sign and going home. Or at least trying to:
Jones Lang LaSalle, which is handling the space, has sent out e-mail fliers to the brokerage community advertising that the space is available. Even though the space is being marketed through e-mail blasts and is even listed on an online commercial real estate database as being available, a Unisys spokesman was hesitant to say whether the company had all but decided not to move its headquarters to Center City.
“We’re looking at subleasing as an option,” said Jim Kerr, a company spokesman. “Nothing is final.” The company has not set a timeframe on what it will ultimately do with the Two Liberty space, Kerr said, but said that a decision may come by the end of the year.
A ploy (like when The Real World stopped production) or a legit business move with a dumb excuse tied to it (they might not want to move now anyway, with the economy)? Or maybe something else entirely?
All I know is, what happened to those “Rent to own N.E. Phila signs”? You saw them all around for a little bit, and then they disappeared. Hmm, weird.
Here’s Reggie Brown failing to score at the end of yesterday’s game (with bonus audio from Merrill Reese) via The 700 Level. Reese after the call is upheld by booth review: “And I think the Eagles season is over.” Not true! A win over Dallas next week coupled with losses by Tampa Bay and Chicago (who can also lose tonight) will put the Eagles into the playoffs at 9-6-1. Who knew, right?
Elmer Smith: Former Eagles running back Ricky Watters is a crusader for, uhm, adoption! This is really a fun story, especially when Watters and his wife adopt a half-Korean, half-Nigerian baby with “this big afro,” as Watters puts it. (Of course, Watters and his wife probably can afford to adopt, since he played many seasons of professional football.)
John Baer: Gimmick column alert! And it also has a lot of stale jokes, and every entry is pretty much what you’d expect. It’s the holidays, though, so it’s all good.
Ronnie Polaneczky: Polaneczky, meanwhile, writes from Warsaw, Poland, and says that Pols (Polish people, I guess, not politicians) are praising Poland’s president’s decision to visit a synagogue. Yay! Um, what?
Thought you could get away with it, eh, Daily News! Didn’t count on me being a huge nerd with a memory for ridiculously stupid things, did you? Today’s DN sports page uses the same headline it did back in 1992 when Calvin Williams was just short on a first down in a game against the 49ers.
I don’t think it’s a big deal at all, obviously; but I did some checking, and apparently that Eagles-49ers game was on November 29. This Christmas headline has the advantage of at least coming sometime around Christmastime.
Donovan McNabb was benched. The Eagles were 5-5-1. The best team in the NFL, the Giants, loomed after the Thanksgiving game against the Cardinals.
But then McNabb’s wife had twins, and the Eagles are undefeated ever since. Combined, the twins have 21 receptions for 336 yards and 5 touchdowns, and one of the toddlers even scored a touchdown out of the Wildcat formation.
Everything has fallen in place for the Eagles; with Tampa Bay’s loss to San Diego today, if the Eagles win today and next week against Dallas, they make the playoffs. Today, the Eagles play at Washington. Let’s liveblog this. More »
Hallelujah! Despite opening sparking new stations at 52nd and 46th streets in West Philadelphia, SEPTA forgot to put up token machines. Why? Because SEPTA hates you, the rider. (This should really be their motto. It could replace all those old “We’re getting there!” signs.)
ABOUT A YEAR AGO, Neil Diamond finally revealed the inspiration for his song “Sweet Caroline.” He of the impressive sideburns said that it was while looking at a picture of Caroline Kennedy in the ’60s that he was moved to write his signature song.
Aside from the slightly creepy aspect of a grown man taking a prepubescent teen as his muse
Get that, Caroline Kennedy? You can’t be a senator because Neil Diamond is a pervert, maybe!
There’s also some stuff about how Caroline Kennedy doesn’t even use her law degree, OMG, and man, we don’t even really know what she does and we surely can’t look it up or anything.
It doesn’t matter, though, I’m pretty sure Caroline Kennedy is already a shoo-in for the senate seat.