June 12, 2009 |
No matter how many times we've heard Philadelphia described as William Penn's "greene countrie towne," we know the reality is rather different. Cities are cities because once-verdant land is relentlessly paved and covered over time. That's how we civilize our world. It's also how we mess it up. Every time the skies let forth a deluge, as they did with particular intensity this week, the city's asphalt-sealed streets and parking lots become churning torrents. The rain cascades to the nearest sewer outlet, picking up salts and oils along the way and overwhelming the underground system.
June 6, 1990 |
It started in spring 1989. Some Pine Hill residents began to notice that trees in a wooded area behind their homes were being cut down and that huge chunks of broken asphalt had begun piling up on a 50-acre site at Cross Keys Road and Atlantic Avenue. The property, owned by Charles DeSorte of DeSorte Associates, a supplier of asphalt for road construction and repairs, was beginning to look like a dump site for discarded debris, said Robert Blew, a Pine Hill resident whose property abuts the site.
September 15, 1991 |
Amid allegations that Monroe Township overspent thousands of taxpayer dollars on asphalt purchases, officials are trying to learn how much would have been saved had the township participated in a county purchasing plan. Earlier this month, the township commissioned a study of asphalt purchases made since 1988. The move was spurred by county roads director Joseph LaPorta, who said that $100,000 too much was spent because supply contracts were not awarded by bid. Public Works Director James Agnesino said last week that the township learned only this year that a purchasing contract with the county had expired in 1989.
October 19, 1989 |
More than 20 Sunset Avenue residents voiced displeasure at a Chalfont Borough Council meeting Tuesday over plans by an asphalt contractor to move into their neighborhood. The residents said they were surprised to learn that the Chalfont Planning Commission had recently given preliminary approval to a plan by American Quality Construction Co. to establish its headquarters on Sunset Avenue. Dave Schutt of 115 Sunset Ave. said that neighborhood residents did not learn about the asphalt contractor's plans until last week and would do all they could to prevent the move.
February 2, 1990 |
Citizens Against Pollution (CAP), a newly formed local environmental group, petitioned the West Deptford Township Committee last night to block future operation of a 10,000-barrel asphalt storage tank at the Coastal Eagle Point Oil Refinery on Route 130. The tank, built and operated by Coastal in August without Planning Board approval, has raised a storm of controversy over the last five months. The township shut down the tank in September and fined the Houston-based oil company $5,000.
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.
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.
June 1, 1997 |
Sure, the Flyers rule the ice, gap toothed and grim in their determination to win the Stanley Cup over that bunch from Detroit. But this isn't ice, and Lindros & Co. aren't here, not on this late afternoon, not on this contested patch of Center City asphalt. And not on this four-member squad, where an investment banker, computer consultant, jewelry maker and aspiring hockey star - ages 27, 41, 18 and 8, respectively - circle and spin around two squashed trash cans. They have wheels on their feet, fire in their eyes.
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.
February 24, 1996
Mother Nature has supplied the perfect formula (snow-rain-ice-thaw-snow-cold-thaw) to create a lifetime's worth of potholes in one spring. Reports of cars disappearing in some of these potholes are erroneous. State experts explain that a hole big enough to swallow a car is no longer called a pothole. It's called a cave-in. Whatever, the highway people say their people are out there filling the worst craters as soon as possible after they erupt, or disrupt. Perhaps some facts can defuse the good-humored cynicism of Inquirer letter writer Rosemarie Allen, who wondered - given Mayor Rendell's philosophy on blizzards and side streets - whether His Honor's pothole solution would be "piles of free macadam for neighborhood residents" to shovel themselves.