January 5, 2015 |
Little Pete's has not yet fallen to the wrecking ball, but mourning has begun for one of Philadelphia's last all-night diners, a throwback that has said, "No thank you," to the fancy-food revolution of a downtown gone upscale. The rich, the poor, the young, the old; the man with the eye patch, the waitress who still smokes Marlboro Reds, the executive who knows the overnight waitress by name. All lament the imminent demise of a go-to greasy spoon that has served burgers 24 hours a day for 36 years beneath a concrete parking garage at 17th and Chancellor Streets.
January 1, 2015 |
The going-out-of-business sign unnerved Rob Hamilton as he swung open the door to Superior Shoe Repair at midmorning Tuesday with two pairs of size 12s in hand - one black, one deep brown. "What's happening?" he asked Greg Kent, the shoe-shine man at the Center City shop. "Somebody bought the building," Kent replied. Superior, on 15th Street above Walnut, is the kind of place patronized by pols and plebeians, a shop so trusted that some customers cross state lines to have their shoes resoled and shined there - and have for decades.
December 31, 2014 |
CONSIDERING the supersonic pace of change in today's world, it's comforting that some local traditions endure, especially those indigenous to this time of year. The holiday light show at Macy's in Center City. The Penn's Landing fireworks at 6 p.m. and midnight on New Year's Eve. And, of course, the Mummers march up Broad Street. Well, at least we still have Macy's and the fireworks. But for 2015, our signature New Year's Day extravaganza is moving in a new direction. After more than a century heading north on Broad Street - with but five years of exceptions - the annual cakewalk has changed course.
December 31, 2014 |
Richard Wolfington Sr., 75, of Center City, president and chief executive officer of the Exton-based Wolfington Body Co., one of the largest school-bus dealers in the nation, died last week at his vacation home in the Poconos. Mr. Wolfington, a longtime Center City resident, died in his sleep sometime from Christmas Eve into Christmas morning in Monroe County, said son Richard Jr. "It was his favorite place on Earth," his son said of the getaway in Skytop. The family business was founded by Mr. Wolfington's great-grandfather in 1876 as a manufacturer of horse-drawn carriages in Philadelphia.
December 26, 2014 |
MUSLIMS Mobilized Against Police Brutality, a new organization in Philadelphia, expects hundreds of participants at a march and rally tomorrow in Center City. The event, organized by the Muslim Wellness Foundation, the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative and United Muslim Masjid, will begin at noon at 15th Street and JFK Boulevard. Kameelah Mu'Min Rashad, a coordinator, said the demonstration is designed to address police brutality directed against the black community. "Over the course of the last few weeks, we've been talking pointedly and having discussions about the political and social and legal implications of the events around Ferguson and New York and the psychological trauma evident in the black community as a result," she said.
December 25, 2014
ISSUE | SENIOR HEALTH Another pill isn't always the answer As a 69-year-old, I applaud the Elder Law Task Force effort, but I was shocked to see that one of the recommendations was to use more medication for dysfunctional families ("Group urges law changes to protect elderly in Pa.," Dec. 12). It has been well-documented that seniors in particular are often overmedicated because of the side effects of a medication they supposedly need. Another medication is prescribed to address the side effects, and so on. This ridiculous cycle can and does significantly alter an older person's ability to think rationally, and it can lead to mistaken diagnoses of dementia, often resulting in unneccesary nursing home placements, more medication, and the types of legal fights over guardianship and financial control that the task force was formed to work against.
December 25, 2014 |
Developer Leo Addimando 's Alterra Property Group , which owns apartments in Center City and Manayunk, has big changes planned for the 104-unit Versailles apartments at 1530 Locust St., which it acquired and began running last week. Alterra replaces Carlyle Property Management . "That building is a jewel. It needs a facelift. We are going to be investing in capital improvements, starting sometime in 2015. It will be done slowly," Addimando told me. That means higher rents, which Philadelphia apartment-dwellers have gotten used to lately.
December 24, 2014 |
The Philadelphia assistant district attorney who has served as a liaison between the law enforcement and lesbian and gay communities is moving to City Hall. Mayor Nutter announced Monday that Helen L. "Nellie" Fitzpatrick, 34, will be the city's new director of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender affairs, effective Jan. 20. Fitzpatrick will fill the seat left empty by Gloria Casarez, 42, who died in October of breast cancer. Casarez was the city's first director of LGBT affairs.
December 20, 2014 |
A France-based company that operates observation decks in Paris, Berlin, and Chicago plans to open a viewing spot on the 57th floor of the 61-story One Liberty Place. Montparnasse 56 said the attraction - its second in the United States - is scheduled to debut in the summer. Mayor Nutter welcomed the project, saying in a statement: "We are a destination rich in history, culture and the arts. From the most historic square mile in the country to the expansive collection of art housed along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the new observation deck by Montparnasse 56 will offer visitors a chance to see our changing skyline and tourism assets.
December 20, 2014 |
Several hundred people endured a frigid late Thursday afternoon at Dilworth Park in Center City to remember 149 people who died in the last year who were homeless or formerly homeless. Some held signs with the names of the dead: Agnes Jefferson. Jessica Darrah. Major L. Fife IV. Robert F. Schork. The "Homeless Memorial Day" program included a reading of all the names, as well as poetry and music. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia was among those who attended.