December 7, 2013 |
We've heard a lot over the last year about how special interests keep trying to sabotage Philadelphia's new zoning code. First in line, of course, would be City Council, whose members often behave as if their office gave them the right to exact tribute from development projects. Then there are the developers who bring in legal wizards to jiggle the locks on the system. Now, add one more interest group: neighborhood associations. You might expect this constituency to eagerly embrace the code's progressive urban ideas, but that's not the case when it comes to the emotional hot-button of parking.
December 6, 2013 |
Not in his wildest fantasies did Weaver Lilley think at the time - the time being 1973 - that he'd preside over what has become the city's, make that Center City's, longest dinner. We're having one of the latest entrées now, sherry-braised pork shank with spinach over ribbons of pappardelle, the walls at Friday Saturday Sunday - his restaurant off Rittenhouse Square - strung, as usual, with twinkling lights, the specials scrawled, still, in Day-Glo script on the blackboard menus.
December 2, 2013 |
How to jump-start East Market Street has long been a burning issue for planners in Philadelphia. Even as broader Center City has enjoyed a renaissance, the stretch of Market Street east of Broad has languished. The Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), a shopping mall company headquartered in Center City, hopes to help change that. PREIT, over the last decade, has taken control of a key, three-block piece of the East Market Street puzzle. It owns all of the real estate that makes up the Gallery at Market East, which stretches from a Burlington Coat Factory store at 11th and Market to the former Strawbridge & Clothier store on Eighth Street, where The Inquirer is now a tenant.
February 20, 2008 |
Snow began falling as afternoon slid into evening. With the lights of Center City twinkling around and below her, Jane Miles stood by the vast expanse of windows that line one side of her new 27th-floor condominium in Symphony House, watching. "The snowflakes look so big up here," she said, more than a little awe in her voice. "With all the cars whizzing by in the streets below, it's like being in another world. " A world high above Philadelphia that, even a few years ago, Miles and her husband would have been very exclusive residents of. But as condo towers grow more commonplace in the city, taller, well-heeled buyers are choosing to feather their nests in the clouds - or as close as several hundred feet above street level can get them.
December 7, 2013 |
Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators plan no additional citations in June's deadly Center City building collapse beyond the two small contractors they hammered last month with $397,000 in fines, the agency said Thursday. The nonaction is a positive development for the Salvation Army and several of its employees who were interviewed by OSHA about working conditions before a four-story brick wall fell onto the charity's thrift shop at 22d and Market Streets, killing six, leaving 14 injured, and leveling the store.
December 6, 2013 |
LIKE MANY Philadelphians, Roxborough resident Anthony Hollis thinks that politicians should have to resign from their posts before running for new ones. "They should resign so they can dedicate themselves to more effectively do one job," Hollis said. So Hollis presumably would object to a proposed ballot question from Councilman David Oh that, if voters approve, would end the city's "resign-to-run" rule and allow officials to keep their jobs while running for new offices. But after reading the 48-word question, which voters may see in the May primary, Hollis believed the proposed change actually would create a resign-to-run policy and said he would vote, "Yes.
January 16, 2002
MY FIANC? AND I both live in Harrisburg but travel to Philadelphia often because we love the city. What we don't love, however, are the outrageous parking rates. When he attended monthly meetings of the Black Data Processors Association in Center City, it cost him more in parking fees to attend the meetings than it did in gas and tolls to make the 105-mile trip from Harrisburg to Philadelphia. Parking also becomes an issue when we want to visit Delilah's at the Reading Terminal for a nice Saturday lunch.
December 11, 2003
YOUR Holiday Shopping Guide was a welcome sight in the Dec. 3 Daily News. But once again, it gave short shrift to Center City, whining about parking while barely mentioning that you can get downtown by trolley, El, rail, bus, foot, bike and ferryboat. Your reporter seeking Apple's new music player stated flatly that department stores "don't sell the iPod. " Just a few pages later, good old Strawbridge's display ad was featuring just that - the new 20 gigabyte iPod, no less.
May 21, 2010 |
A 22-year-old man was shot and killed early today in Center City, police said. The victim, not immediately identified, was shot in the arm about 2:15 a.m. on the 900 block of Filbert Street, police said. He was rushed to Hahnemann University Hospital, where doctors discovered the bullet had traveled into his chest, police said. He died at 4:46 a.m. Investigators are seeking a motive and a suspect. The also are reviewing surveillance videos from the area.
February 9, 1986 |
In the last decade, more than 15 1/2 million people have visited the Liberty Bell in its glass house on Philadelphia's Independence Mall. But Caroline Carol was not among them. Age 72, a native and lifelong resident of Philadelphia, Caroline Carol has never seen the Liberty Bell, considered by many the premier symbol of America's freedom. "I always wanted to," Carol said wistfully the other day. "They used to take you when you were in school, but I never remember seeing it. . . . I guess I was absent that day. " Long a resident of Mayfair in Northeast Philadelphia, she said she felt "a little embarrassed" by the omission.