September 11, 2008 |
Foxwoods Casino faced three hurdles when it wanted to build on the waterfront: the community, the mayor, and the potential for traffic congestion. Today, with the Gallery as its new targeted site, the mayor is satisfied, traffic concerns are muted, but the community - in this case, Chinatown - remains an obstacle. "The message the city is sending out is, 'Chinatown, be a good soldier and take it on the chin for the city,' " said Debbie Wei, principal of an elementary school in Chinatown, the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School.
January 24, 1986 |
In an effort to stop a "panic" that they say has cut their business in half, several dozen Chinatown restaurant owners and their suppliers yesterday denied receiving supplies from a warehouse that was closed last week because of persistent health violations. Flanked by the wholesalers who restaurateurs say have supplied most of Chinatown for years, Ken Chan of the Chinese Benevolent Association said: "People are being misled into believing that (the closed warehouse) supplies most of the food in this area's Chinese restaurants.
July 21, 1987
Ground was broken last week for Gim San, a new housing project. It's good to see positive construction taking place in Chinatown - something designed to benefit the community. That doesn't happen often. Big business has developed an affection for Chinatown. But not its people. Chinese populated the Center City neighborhood when no one else wanted it. Now that the area is in demand, Chinatown residents are hemmed in by developers. Chinatown has become the great landfill for what other areas don't want.
May 1, 2012 |
Philadelphia police today released a surveillance video of a man wanted for groping two women in Chinatown last week. The first victim was walking on the 1000 block of Spring Street about 4:55 p.m. Thursday when a man approached her from behind an grabbed her buttocks, police said. At 6:25 p.m., a second woman was walking north on 11th Street toward Vine when a man walked by her, turned around and then ran back and touched her buttocks, police said. The assailant is described as a black male, about 30 years old, between 5-feet, 8-inches to 5-feet, 9-inches tall, with a medium complexion.
April 15, 1987 |
Declaring that a Chinatown shelter for the homeless was "not a good neighbor," the zoning board yesterday ordered it to reduce its size by half in order to continue operating for another year. The city-funded Pennsylvania Shelter for the Homeless on Vine Street near 12th had applied in December to increase its number of beds from 200 to 300. But the zoning board, presented with strong community opposition, granted the shelter a temporary one-year permit allowing a maximum occupancy of 100. "We know that the city needs shelters, but this particular one does not seem to have been a good neighborhood in the past," said Wendella Fox, who chairs the zoning board.
February 22, 2005
ON BEHALF of the Philadelphia Hoyu Chinese American Association, I express our wholehearted support for the opening of the Asian Americans United (AAU) elementary charter school in Chinatown. I came to Philadelphia in 1979. I am an old-timer now in the eyes of folks from my home province of Fujian, and I have often been asked to help them with problems as they enroll their kids in local schools. I have seen many sad stories, and my heart ached as I witnessed what they have gone through.
February 7, 1986 |
City Council ate its way through Chinatown yesterday, dining on everything from fried noodles and won-ton soup to Peking duck and baked lobster with ginger and scallions. "For us, it has been a wonderful day," Councilman Lucien E. Blackwell said as he and his colleagues made their fifth and final stop at a Chinese restaurant. "I hope it shows the rest of Philadelphia that the Chinese restaurants deserve our patronage and our support. " On Jan. 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration closed a North Philadelphia warehouse that federal officials said supplied some Chinese restaurants.
February 8, 1987 |
"Follow me," said Cecilia Moy Yep, and about 50 people marched behind her into a laundry, and out the back door. And there, merely half a block north of noisy, neon Race Street, was a courtyard that was pleasantly walled in by new, low-rise apartment buildings and balconies. There were echoes of shouts from children playing nearby, and a hint of the smell of lawn. An old lady saw the group and waved. "This is probably Chinatown's best-kept secret," Yep said. "It's beautiful," whispered Freda Sherman.
January 18, 1986 |
Chinatown businessman Stephen Pang thought the only way to "do business" with the city was to "pay off officials," according to Assistant District Attorney Brad Richman. On Dec. 12, 1984, Pang, 44, had his eye on a property owned by the city next to the site of the proposed Center City convention center. He went to lunch with Joseph Ramsey, project director for the Redevelopment Authority, and suggested a land swap. Pang stuffed five $100 bills into Ramsey's pocket and said he wanted to build a hotel on the city-owned parking lot at 11th and Race streets.
August 24, 1998 |
A 29-year-old man was shot several times inside a Chinatown travel agency yesterday, next door to a restaurant where police believe another man was hacked apart before his head and torso were dumped in New Jersey less than a month ago. Police would not say yesterday whether they believed the crimes were linked. "We're investigating all possibilities," said Detective Neal Aitken when asked about a connection. Police were called to East First Express Travel & Trade Inc. on 10th Street near Filbert at about 6:30 a.m. and found a man shot in the buttocks and stabbed in the abdomen.