August 3, 2016 |
Montgomery County prosecutors are investigating what they are calling a double homicide at an apartment building Sunday night. Janice Trunk, 54, and Kevin Milton Smith, 44, were killed in a shooting at the Forest Garden Apartments in Ambler, District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said Monday. The county coroner's office determined after autopsies Monday that both Trunk and Smith died of multiple gunshot wounds. Their deaths were both ruled homicides. The Ambler police received a phone call reporting the shootings at 11:15 p.m. Sunday, First Assitant District Attorney Ed McCann said in a statement.
July 24, 2016 |
Travis Dredd is an ex-Marine, so not much scares him - except the thought of a failed balloon drop at the Democratic National Convention's climactic moment Thursday night. "Since 2004, that's been my nightmare," said Dredd, 45, deputy chief executive for the Democratic National Convention operations. "In 2004, they didn't fall right away. I have nightmares about that happening again. " As much as Dredd supports Hillary Clinton, his current gig is anything but political. Dredd is in charge, on behalf of the entire Democratic party, of making sure that everything is set up for the convention at the Wells Fargo arena.
July 2, 2016 |
As Center City has shined up over the last couple of decades, Broad Street became the dividing line between the increasingly upscale west side and the stubbornly scruffy east. Philadelphia's most stylish shops and restaurants tended to gravitate to the west side, close to Rittenhouse Square, even while fine 20th-century commercial buildings sat half-empty and unkempt on the east. The 1100 block of Chestnut Street was one of the worst spots, a black hole of blight. Trash swirled in the doorways of dollar stores, while the vacant upper floors became canvases for elaborate graffiti narratives . A 2013 study by the Center City District found that the dreary block had the lowest pedestrian counts of any commercial street in its survey, an extraordinary statistic considering its proximity to City Hall and the Convention Center.
June 16, 2016 |
Question: I live in an apartment building, and a family with four kids lives in the apartment above us. They are so loud all the time and it drives me insane! My husband and I can hear them screaming, singing, crying, jumping, and running. Sometimes it sounds like a marching band is practicing up there! We just had a baby and I find that I can't nap because of all the noise. We're not friends with them and haven't really spoken to them much, but I'm ready to leave a note on their door to tell them to quiet down!
May 25, 2016 |
WE START where we always have since the deadly Market Street building collapse that killed six people and injured 13 on June 5, 2013 - with the building's Teflon-coated owner, Richard Basciano. And if there is any justice or, perhaps more likely, karma in the world, we will end with Basciano walking down a road to a hell of his own making, paved with excuses. Since an unsupported four-story wall crumbled and crushed the adjacent Salvation Army thrift store at 21st and Market, many have wanted to hear from Basciano, the property owner who had the final say on contracts and decisions, but whose clout and cash kept him insulated from accountability.
May 15, 2016 |
If you lease an apartment in the offseason, you are more likely to get a deal than at peak rental time, roughly February to June. So says RentHop, the apartment search engine. Its data show Philadelphia has offseason rent deals for one-bedroom apartments of nearly 2 percent lower in January and July, and closer to 3 percent in November and December. "These are median asking rents," said Lawrence Zhou, data scientist at RentHop. "The basis for the study was to show how seasonality affects prevailing asking prices landlords are charging.
May 13, 2016 |
Developer Eric Blumenfeld intends to bring the Divine Lorraine back to its hospitality roots with a planned boutique hotel in part of the 124-year-old North Broad Street property that's mostly being converted into apartments. Blumenfeld is seeking an operator for a hotel, featuring 24 guest rooms, that would occupy the Divine Lorraine's less-ornate annex building, where the developer had previously planned additional apartment units, he said Wednesday. "I mean, the sign on the roof says Divine Lorraine Hotel ," Blumenfeld said in an interview during a tour of the property and his other area holdings for investors.
May 5, 2016 |
A woman who was severely injured after an 18-year-old college student fell on her from an eighth-floor Center City window ledge last year has sued the teen's estate, the property companies, and the Art Institute of Philadelphia. The incident left Erica Goodwin, 45, of Lansdowne, permanently disabled and unable to return to her job at the state Department of Human Services, her lawyer, Joe Tucker, said Wednesday. Goodwin was walking on 16th Street about 6 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2015, when Rebecca Kim fell from an eighth-floor window of an apartment building at 1530 Chestnut St. The building housed students enrolled at the Art Institute; Kim, a Temple University freshman, was there visiting a friend.
April 30, 2016 |
Q: My girlfriend and I recently signed a lease together and moved into a brand new apartment building. We are so excited! It's not perfect, including ants everywhere and some water problems. (Our landlord asked us to text the neighbors downstairs before we used any water!) But the worst part is that the walls are so thin we can hear everything next door, from the sound of typing on a keyboard to every word they speak. No secrets here! Is this normal for new buildings? What can we put on the walls to help with the sounds?