Posts Tagged 'Philadelphia'

America’s Ten Most Energy Efficient Cities

When it comes to going green and adopting alternative energy sources, increasing energy efficiency is incredibly important. After all the cheapest and cleanest unit of energy is one that isn’t used in the first place. The challenge with energy efficiency is more of a financial one. Upgrading buildings and infrastructure to be energy efficient is something that is usually pretty expensive in the short term but pays off over a longer time horizon and that’s a tough call when you have government offices up for election every two years in some cases. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy recently put together a report where they listed the country’s 34 biggest cities in order of energy efficiency. The factors that they considered were local government operations, community-wide initiatives, building policies, utility policies, and transportation policies. What follows is a list of the top ten most energy efficient big cities in the country:

1. Boston, MA
2. Portland, OR
3. New York City, NY
4. San Francisco, CA
5. Seattle, WA
6. Austin, TX
7. Washington, DC
8. Minneapolis, MN
9. Chicago, IL
10. Philadelphia, PA


Red Sox Nation doesn’t waste electricity.

Churchill has short-term corporate housing available in Boston and Nationwide. Please call us at 800-587-2640 or email us at Boston@FurnishedHousing.com for more info.

The Best Places to Visit in 2013

LonelyPlanet.com compiled their list of the ten best places to visit in 2013. If you’re looking into planning your next vacation, check out these places and see what all the fuss is about!

  1. Louisville, Kentucky– Considered a “lively, offbeat cultural mecca on the Ohio River.”
  2. Fairbanks, Alaska-The place to be to see the unique & exquisite Northern Lights.
  3. San Juan Islands, Washington– Home to 250 days of sunshine each year plus tons of fresh food and locally grown produce, seafood, and more.
  4. Philadelphia, PA– Philly is quickly becoming the art capital of the world with the renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art and amazing galleries.
  5. American Samoa– Has some of the most stunning & untouched beaches of the Pacific and an awesome national park. It’s US territory too!
  6. Eastern Sierra, CA– An overlooked part of the Sierra Nevada range with other great natural attractions like the Travertine hot spring, the Gold Rush ghost town of Bodie, and more.
  7. Northern Maine-Besides lobster, lighthouses, and a rocky shoreline, Maine’s top half which reaches to the Canada border makes for a true wilderness adventure with moose, white water rafting, and hiking.
  8. Twin Cities, Minnesota-Minneapolis is often called the country’s best bike city. St. Paul is quitter but has an awesome must-see marketplace and the Fitzgerald Theater.
  9. Verde Valley, Arizona-Located between Phoenix and the Grand Canyon, Verde Valley is taking off as Arizona’s go-top location. Food, art, and mining lore combine with beautiful green canyons rimmed by red rocks.
  10. Glacier National Park, Montana– One of the country’s wildest, most remote and pristine national parks. Jagged, snow-topped ridges and glacier sculpted horns loom over aquamarine lakes and meadows that are blanketed with wildflowers.

Which one of these places are you most likely to visit? They all sound fantastic to us!

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Top 20 Most “Comfortable” Cities

Experian.com publishes their list of Top 20 most “comfortable” cities. To compile the list, Experian.com asked survey respondents if they bought any sweats in the last 12 months, as well as the number of individual items they purchased. For the second year in a row, the nation’s top per capita consumer of sweats is Philadelphia, PA.

The top 20 cities for sweats consumption:

  1. Philadelphia, PA
  2. Hartford, CT
  3. Pittsburgh, PA
  4. Lafayette, LA
  5. Laredo, TX
  6. Boston, MA
  7. New York, NY
  8. Los Angeles, CA
  9. Victoria, TX
  10. Scranton, PA
  11. Salt Lake City, UT
  12. Marquette, MI
  13. Milwaukee, WI
  14. Washington, DC
  15. Austin, TX
  16. Watertown, MA
  17. Jacksonville, FL
  18. Idaho Falls, ID
  19. Providence, RI
  20. Chicago, IL

Churchill has short-term corporate housing available Nationwide. Please contact us at 866-255-0593 or National@FurnishedHousing.com for more information.

Philly to fine pedestrians for texting while walking

Cnet.com is reporting on Philadelphia’s program known as “Give Respect, Get Respect” which is geared to crack down on all sorts of “bad behavior” on and off the road, from pedestrians who talk and text while they cross the road to bicyclists who ride on the sidewalk. The program, launched in May  has mostly doled out warnings to roadside offenders, but is set to kick into high gear in August by issuing more tickets to those who violate the rules. Pedestrians, bikers, and motorists caught under the expanded enforcement will be fined $120.

Churchill has short-term apartment rentals nationwide. Please call us at 866-255-0593 for more info.

The Greatest Cities on Earth Shining into Space

Environmentalgraffiti.com has published a gallery of incredible photographs taken from the space station and space shuttle missions by NASA. The photos show cities around the world lit up at night with certain photos showing a phenomenon called “airglow”, which is a white light or glow outlining the curvature of the earth. Pictures of American cities include a nice shot of the east coast with Philadelphia, New York and Connecticut; another excellent image shows Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana with airglow.

Churchill has short-term corporate housing available Nationwide. Please contact us at 866-255-0593 or National@FurnishedHousing.com for more information.

Courtesy of environmentalgraffiti.com.

Philly Craft Beer Experience

If you are in the Philadelphia area, don’t miss Philadelphia Magazine’s Craft Beer Experience event featuring over 80 locally brewed craft beers. The event will be held on September 25th from 12 to 4pm at the City Tap House located in Philadelphia. The cost is $80 and proceeds will benefit SafeHome Philadelphia.

Churchill has temporary housing available in the Philadelphia area. Please call us at 866-255-0593 for more information.

Courtesy of phillymag.com

NYC Named America’s Richest City

Luxist.com has named NYC as America’s Richest City. According to the new Metro Wealth Index, New York has a record 667,000 high-net worth individuals, or people with $1 million or more in investible assets, recorded as living there in 2009. Rounding out the top 3 are Los Angeles and Chicago. Here are the tallies of millionaires for the top 10, along with the percentage growth from the Wall Street Journal:

New York – 667,200, +18.7%
Los Angeles – 235,800, +13.3%
Chicago – 198,100, +15.1%
Washington, D.C. – 152,400 +19.3%
San Francisco – 138,300 +14.5%
Philadelphia – 104,100, +20.1%
Boston – 102,300, + 14.4%
Detroit – 89,100, +12.1%
Houston –- 88,200, +28.9%
San Jose — 86,500, +24.5%

Churchill has short-term corporate housing available in New York City and Nationwide. Please contact us at 866-255-0593 or NewYork@FurnishedHousing.com for more information.

Courtesy of luxist.com

First Skate at Fenway

The 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will be played on New Year’s Day at Fenway Park in Boston.  This will be the third NHL Winter Classic in the U.S. and will be the first time at Fenway Park.  The Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins will face off on a 200 x 85 foot rink that extends from first to third base.

According to MLB, “The first Winter Classic was in 2008, pinning the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. Last year’s Winter Classic at Wrigley Field — between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks — attracted the largest audience for a regular-season NHL game in 34 years.”

If you would like a chance to skate at Fenway Park, the Boston Red Soxs have a raffle where 75 winners and their guest will be chosen to attend a one-hour group skate on Jan 9th, shortly after the 2010 Winter Classic. You can get more information at redsox.com/skate. Proceeds will benefit The Red Sox Foundation which serves the health, education, recreation, and social service needs of children and families in need across New England.

Churchill has short-term, temporary housing in the Boston area. We’ll be happy to help you with any short-term rental needs.

Photo courtesy of MLB.com.

Ranking America’s Favorite Cities

Travel and Leisure Magazine recently ranked 30 U.S. cities based on criteria such as culture, shopping, restaurants, nightlife.  Results are sorted by categories like people, nightlife, culture, shopping, dining, and holiday travel among others. A sample of the results have New York City taking the top spot in overall culture and shopping categories while New Orleans takes the crown in the overall nightlife and dining categories. Another interesting feature is the Most and Least Attractive People ranking which has Miami taking the top spot while putting Philadelphia at the bottom of the list.

Churchill has no-fee, short term corporate rentals in New York, New Orleans, Miami, Philadelphia and nationwide. We are here to help you locate affordable corporate housing with flexible terms.

Terror Behind the Walls, The Ultimate Halloween Attraction

Terror Behind the Walls. Photo Courtesy of EasternState.org.

Terror Behind the Walls. Photo Courtesy of EasternState.org.

Looking for a real thrill this Halloween season? Try Philadelphia’s Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary. Voted the #1 Haunted House in America by AOL City Guide, Terror Behind the Walls turns Eastern State Penitentiary, a real-life haunted, historical prison, into a ghastly extravaganza on select evenings through November 7. Visitors enter the prison through “Intake,” a free-for-all of scary prison guards and inmates, then proceed through “Lock Down,” a frightening trip down  Cell block 12, said to be one of the most haunted locations in the prison. Visitors to Terror Behind the Walls will also experience the “Infirmary,” a nightmarish trip through a gruesome hospital, “The Experiment,” the ultimate 3-D experience, and “Night Watch,” a trip down the back hallways of the prison lit only by flashlight. Those traveling to Philadelphia this fall, should not miss this ultimate Halloween attraction.