September 25, 2015 |
James T. McDermott Jr., executive director of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority since May 1994, announced Tuesday in a letter to Gov. Wolf that he will retire April 15, 2016. In an interview, McDermott, 59, said, "I was told that to replace me there will be a national search for a new port director. I pledged to stay through April 15, until there is another person in place. " McDermott, son of the late Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice James T. McDermott, joined the PRPA as chief counsel in 1991, after 10 years as an assistant Philadelphia district attorney.
September 24, 2015 |
FINDING movie success by thinking outside the box ( Ang Lee , Kenneth Branagh and Jon Favreau directed films featuring the Hulk, Thor and Iron Man), Marvel's comic-book side has followed suit and enlisted journalist and best-selling author Ta-Nehisi Coates to pen a new series starring Black Panther. The New York Times reported that the yearlong story will be titled "A Nation Under Our Feet" and will have Black Panther fighting off terrorists back in his homeland of Wakanda.
September 23, 2015 |
For decades, a parking garage that has towered over Eighth Street as a dank monument to urban renewal has greeted motorists as a glaring eyesore. While revitalization failed the first time around with the Parkade, the Philadelphia Parking Authority hopes the second time will charm. The agency best known for coldly efficient parking enforcement is behind a $28 million overhaul of the prominent garage that's surprisingly inviting. From the inside, the behemoth that houses nearly 1,200 spots and forms a tunnel along Eighth Street in Market East has been gutted, repainted, repaved, redecked, rewired, relit - it will even have two charging ports for electric cars.
September 5, 2015 |
More than 20 books into her career, best-selling children's book author and illustrator Judy Schachner has finally written a memoir. Sort of. Her newest book, Dewey Bob , out Tuesday, is ostensibly the story of a raccoon with a knack for turning junk into art. But, she acknowledges, "Dewey and I are one and the same. I thought it would be a great idea to have a raccoon who obsessively collects trash and repurposes it - which I have done my whole life. " Schachner, best-known for her now eight-books-strong Skippyjon Jones series, isn't exaggerating.
August 22, 2015 |
Deep inside the vast New Jersey Pinelands, there comes a moment when the utter stillness seems to become its own a sound. Celebrated Princeton writer John McPhee understood that moment and all the others that define this 1.1-million-acre wonder in his critically acclaimed 1968 book, The Pine Barrens . His clarion cry then and now: The region deserves to be cherished and preserved. Continuing what McPhee started is the Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA), founded in 1989. The PPA's commitment to preservation is twinned with another goal: getting people to the Pinelands, sometimes with a bit of a McPhee twist.
July 26, 2015 |
On its face, the offer from the city Redevelopment Authority reported by The Inquirer on Thursday made no sense: The agency would pay the owner of two houses on Master Street $11,000, when one year before, the man had paid more than double that amount - and spent $75,000 on renovations. Turns out that what the owner didn't disclose is that the city then inspected the interior of the properties and made a second offer, for $100,000. Glenn Mancini, whose houses at 2020 and 2022 Master are being obtained by eminent domain, acknowledged Thursday that the Redevelopment Authority made the sweeter offer on July 7, but that since it came by phone and e-mail - and not by certified letter - he did not consider it official.
July 3, 2015
IT BEGAN Jan. 30 with what a Parking Enforcement Officer wrote up as a "stop prohibited" violation for 38-year-old Brian Carroll. It seemed bogus. It ended Tuesday morning when the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication threw out the ticket on a technicality. "It's a win, but the lowest level of win," says Carroll, happy with the victory but disappointed the hearing examiner didn't ask for his carefully assembled evidence. That evidence didn't carry his first appeal, which he filed by email on Feb. 24, a day after receiving notification of the violation.
June 27, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Parking Authority board approved the sale of 23 medallions for wheelchair-accessible taxis on Thursday, and 20 other sales are pending. The medallions will be placed on new taxis that will be placed in service within the next few months. Most of the 43 sold so far at auction have been purchased by the owners or associates of Philadelphia's two biggest cab fleets, Freedom Taxi and 215-GET-A-CAB, formerly All City and Checker cabs, the PPA said. The prices for the new medallions have ranged from $80,000 in May to $110,000 this week.
June 23, 2015 |
Given the Philadelphia Parking Authority's apparently ample time for gratuitous enforcement, ride-share crackdowns, and reality television, Jim Kenney's impulse to find more for the agency to do is understandable. The Democratic mayoral nominee, who recently suggested that the authority's ruthless army of meter monitors be mobilized to enforce construction codes and more, isn't the first to wonder whether its shock-and-awe strategy could be applied to matters more pressing than, well, parking.
June 12, 2015 |
TWO AUTHORS dominate the beer section of my bookshelf: the late-British newspaperman Michael Jackson, and Randy Mosher, the Chicago-based author whose Radical Brewing and Tasting Beer are bibles for any beer enthusiast. When Mosher stopped in town last week with his latest, Beer for All Seasons (Storey), I couldn't pass up a chance to sit down for a couple of beers. Here's an edited excerpt of our conversation. Q: Your latest book looks at the tradition of seasonal beers.