April 27, 2016 |
SHE WAS MAYBE 4-foot-10 when she stood on the curb on her tippy toes, this wispy 19-year-old West Chester University sophomore named Caitlin Renner, who sported a couple of nose rings, clear-framed glasses, a bright floral skirt. Looking across a narrow asphalt demilitarized zone at a seemingly endless stream of Donald Trump supporters, she made the classic peace sign with her left hand while shouting the slogan on the blue placard she clutched in her right: "Love over hate!" She also held a few tiny flower buds at the end of her fingertip.
March 25, 2016 |
We keep hearing that Philadelphia needs to eliminate its food deserts so everyone has easy access to fresh meat and produce. It's an important step in fighting poverty. But what exactly should a healthy neighborhood look like? That was the question posed by this year's Better Philadelphia Challenge, the student competition organized by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The winning entry , by a team from the University of New Mexico, showed idyllic scenes of lush community gardens, compact urban greenhouses, and shady pocket parks, all sensitively threaded into a typical rowhouse neighborhood.
December 26, 2015 |
Philadelphia is a city where the streets are paved in gold, as well as occasionally in hues of blue, red, and orange. We are talking bricks, and there is probably no place in America that can boast such a rainbow of paving colors, materials, and textures. You can find dozens of streets surfaced in Belgian block, cobblestone, riverstone, and bluestone. There is even one spectacular street paved in oak blocks. Or, rather, it was paved. Philadelphia's last intact wooden street has abruptly gone undercover.
February 23, 2015 |
LAST SUMMER, Irene Madrak, executive director of the North Light Community Center in Manayunk, was having nightmares about a dream playground turning into a giant bowl of mulch soup. Her dilemma began when KaBoom! - the company that builds playgrounds in a day with the help of community volunteers - offered one to North Light, which has delivered social services to families and kids since 1938 on Green Lane near Wilde Street. "If we wanted a new KaBoom! playground," Madrak said, "we had to remove our old playground and 2,500 square feet of asphalt.
December 1, 2014 |
If it's snowing this morning, do not attempt to do what I'm about to tell you. If it's not snowing, then it's time - some would say it's way past the time - to check out your roof before the start of meteorological winter Monday. Winter weather can be especially hard on roofs. Identifying potential weaknesses in yours now can save you money in the future, the experts say. If your roof has asphalt shingles - I just looked up and down my street, and every house has them, including mine and my garage - the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association recommends a roof audit.
February 5, 2014 |
NuStar Energy L.P. has sold the remaining half of its money-losing asphalt business to its joint-venture partner, Lindsay Goldberg L.L.C. The sale includes the former Citgo refinery in Paulsboro. NuStar, based in San Antonio, Texas, acquired the asphalt business from Citgo in 2008, but the business turned sour with the economic collapse and a drop in demand for asphalt, which is used for paving and in roofing material. "It's been a big drag on the bottom-line results of this company," Curtis V. Anastasio, NuStar's then-chief executive, told analysts in November.
July 7, 2012 |
Ownership of another Philadelphia-area refinery is about to change. NuStar Energy L.P. said it would sell 50 percent of its asphalt operations, which include refineries in Paulsboro, N.J., and Savannah, Ga., to a joint venture in a transaction expected to be completed by Sept. 30. Lindsay Goldberg L.L.C., a New York private-equity firm with $10 billion under management, will pay $175 million for a 50 percent interest in the joint venture, with San Antonio-based NuStar holding the other 50 percent stake.
June 23, 2012 |
The official temperature was in the mid-90s, but the unofficial reading was about 200 degrees Fahrenheit on the blacktop cauldron where Steve Wilson and his colleagues were earning their pay Thursday. "You can actually feel the heat coming off the asphalt," said Peter Scerati Jr., the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation on-site manager in charge of the road-repair crew, who would end up having an adventurous afternoon in Montgomery County. Sun-absorbing asphalt is a prime contributor to the "heat island" effect that makes urbanized areas all the more unbearable during hot spells.
June 23, 2010 |
THE PROBLEM: In April, a visitor to the City Howl Web site ( www.thecityhowl.net ) posted an unfavorable review of the Streets Department, citing the number of unrepaired potholes in South Philly. The stretch of Oregon Avenue between 9th and 24th streets, the user wrote, was especially bad, filled with "not just potholes, but sink holes. " WHAT WE DID: We started by taking a ride along Oregon between 9th and 24th in early May. We didn't find much, other than one long stretch of holes between 21st and 22nd streets that had been almost entirely repaired.
February 18, 2010 |
After the recent bad weather, Mayor Nutter knew that getting people excited about putting white stuff on their roofs might be a tough sell. "But this is a different kind of material," he said with a brief laugh yesterday. He was talking not about snow, but about reflective coatings - the kind that could turn Philadelphia's rooftops from a sea of searing black to an ocean of cool white. Nutter was launching a citywide block contest to promote the coatings, which not only can make a house cooler but also, according to the latest research, potentially can make entire neighborhoods and cities cooler.