March 16, 2015 |
SOMERS POINT, N.J. - Instead of being lost forever to housing development along the waterfront of this gateway town to Ocean City, a little theater tucked along Bay Avenue will be sticking around for another encore. And the Gateway Playhouse - which has been sitting idle for nearly a decade - could become the centerpiece of an ongoing effort to redevelop the waterfront area along Great Bay as a dining and arts and entertainment district. Earlier this month, officials announced the city had received two state grants totaling about $500,000.
September 6, 2014 |
Richardson Dilworth was a Pittsburgh-born lawyer who adopted Philadelphia as his home and fought as a Marine in World War I, earning a Purple Heart. He reenlisted at age 43 to fight in World War II and was awarded the Silver Star for bravery at Guadalcanal. That alone would be a remarkable life, but Dilworth had political aspirations. He and reform ally Joseph S. Clark ended nearly seven decades of Republican rule when they were elected district attorney and mayor, respectively, in 1951.
December 19, 2013 |
Poverty has increased a startling 62 percent in the communities of Lower Northeast Philadelphia since 1999. At the same time, poverty increased 42 percent in Roxborough and Manayunk, while declining 13 percent in South Philadelphia. Those findings come from an Inquirer comparison of 2000 census figures with new data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau. The new federal data were contained in the American Community Survey (ACS), a compilation of information collected from 24.5 million people nationwide between 2008 to 2012.
May 25, 2013 |
Philadelphia is a city that struggles with certain disadvantages. It is not easy being stuck midway between the nation's financial and political capitals. It doesn't regularly produce winning sports teams. We don't have enough corporate giants headquartered here, or enough of the philanthropists who trail in their wake. But the most inexplicable shortcoming, it's always seemed to me, was that there's no biography of Edmund Bacon. Bacon was not merely the greatest urban planner Philadelphia ever produced, he was also one of the greatest characters to figure on the city stage in the 20th century.
February 3, 2013
Think the public restrooms in Portland are really cool and want to bring them to Philadelphia? Now you can share this idea and your other wildest urban dreams with city planners and others in PHL2035: The Game! , an online project launched last week by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission that aims to give Philadelphians more say about the policies and projects that affect them. You can sign up to play here: http://communityplanit.org/phl2035/ The game will be available until Feb. 18. Players answer questions and encounter situations affecting the University/Southwest Planning District, which includes Kingsessing, Cedar Park, Walnut Hill, Spruce Hill, Powelton Village, Saunders Park, West Powelton, West Shore, and University City.
September 17, 2010 |
If you've always suspected that not much separates the can-do executive from the megalomaniacal tyrant, now you have Carl R. Greene as proof that the Boss From Hell really is The Boss From Hell . Still, it's hard to believe that a man who appears to have behaved like a monster with his staff could have done so much to make Philadelphia a more livable and successful city. Greene's accomplishments at the helm of the Philadelphia Housing Authority may not be foremost in our minds right now, as we stand with our mouths agape, watching him implode his own life with the same compulsive efficiency he used to implode the city's blighted public-housing towers.
September 7, 2010 |
Edwin H. Folk III, 82, a former city planner in Philadelphia, died of emphysema on Saturday, July 3, in the hospice at Chandler Hall, the retirement community in Newtown Township, Bucks County. A memorial has been set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, at his former residence, Friends Village, 331 Lower Dolington Rd., Newtown. Mr. Folk was executive director of the Citizens Council on City Planning in Philadelphia from 1962 until it closed in 1971. A history of the council states that it acted as a private watchdog over the City Planning Commission.
September 5, 2010 |
A year before the National Council of Teachers of English was to host its convention here, Jacqui Joseph-Biddle met with officials at the Convention Center to discuss details. Her group, 8,000 strong, had particular needs. Would it be possible, Joseph-Biddle asked, for her staff to erect a 10-foot-by-10-foot display inside a larger exhibit booth? "No problem," she was told. But on the eve of the convention in November, no problem turned into no way. She was told she had to hire three carpenters, plus a supervisor, to erect the display.
January 15, 2010 |
Bill Hengst's first career, as a city planner, lasted 25 years before he arrived at what he calls "my midlife correction. " "It was not a crisis," he insists. The short version of the story is that Hengst grew tired of master plans and office politics. His mother died. He bought a house in Mount Airy that had a yard. He planted a garden. The longer narrative is more complex, but the plot stays true: As the garden came alive, slowly, slowly, so did he. "I began to build a new life," he says happily.
January 29, 2008 |
New city Managing Director Camille Cates Barnett formally began her job yesterday, three weeks later than expected after the death of her husband earlier this month. And she immediately got down to business. "We are going to make Philadelphia the model for the most effective government around," she said, promising to implement a city 311 phone-information system by the end of the year. Similar to the 911 emergency system, the 311 nonemergency system would give residents a simple way to call for all types of city services.