Blatstein wants to create “Provence” in The Inquirer’s old office at Broad and Callowhill, a place that long reminded people of many places, but southern France was not one of them. His $700 million design seems more reminiscent of a Mormon temple than Nice, but with plenty of entertainment options in a neighborhood that has few. The three other projects would be located in South Philadelphia, less intrusive but also offering less sizzle.

Next month, the public can register on the Gaming Board website to testify at Convention Center hearings April 11 and 12 (, where video of last week’s presentations is posted). The board believes awarding a license will take six to nine months. But the smart money is on nine, with the show far from over.

(via Karen Heller: Philadelphia’s would-be casino operators put on a show – Page 2 –