July 24, 2015 |
For the guys at Longo's Auto Sales in Collingswood, the Route 130 project can't end soon enough. "We went from selling 25 cars a month to 12," says owner Jim Longo. Adds salesman Bob Hartley, who works on commission: "You can't print my opinion of the project. " To say Longo's "overlooks" the $31 million makeover of 130 between the PATCO viaduct and North Park Drive doesn't begin to convey the used-car lot's proximity to three years of disruptive construction. Not to mention, traffic jams: About 65,000 vehicles per day thunder through this stretch of 130, often backing up south to the White Horse Pike and north to the (former)
July 7, 2015 |
A BOUQUET OF balloons hung above an empty table in a Northeast Philadelphia union hall full of construction workers. A sign reserved the table for "Friends of Fonzie. " The workers, known to occasionally get into heated arguments, were conducting the routine business of reading expense reports and voting on issues with "ayes" or "nays. " Suddenly they grew silent and just smiled: Alfonso "Fonzie" Soglia, 4, and his parents had arrived. The Glaziers Union Local 252 had invited the boy as guest of honor at this monthly closed-door gathering June 17 at Southampton and Townsend roads.
April 26, 2015 |
As usual, the mourners, one by one, cast a single red rose into the Delaware River, one rose for each person killed on the job during the last year. As usual, like every Workers' Memorial Day ceremony, the petals floated away, bright spots of red on dark water - 144 roses this year, one for each person killed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware from March 2014 to March 2015. As usual, a bagpiper played "Amazing Grace," the mournful strains floating across Penn's Landing.
April 25, 2015 |
A labor organizer at the center of much of the corruption within Ironworkers Local 401 was sentenced to eight years in prison Thursday for his leadership in the group's long-standing efforts to maintain a grip on city construction jobs through violence and intimidation. Edward Sweeney, the union's one-time business agent overseeing work in Philadelphia, apologized to U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson for the role he played in recruiting members to commit dozens of acts of extortion and sabotage, including a 2012 arson at the construction site of a planned Quaker meetinghouse in Chestnut Hill.
April 17, 2015 |
A federal judge Friday rejected a plea agreement between the prosecution and defense in the case of former Ironworkers Local 401 business agent Christopher Prophet. Under the agreement, Prophet, 44, of Richboro, Bucks County, who had pleaded guilty in December to racketeering conspiracy and extortion, would have been sentenced to five years in federal prison. But U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson said he wants to wait until after he sentences the union's three other former business agents, who were also indicted, before he sentences Prophet.
March 31, 2015 |
Many dangerous and unsafe buildings that should be inspected every 10 to 30 days have not been seen by inspectors from the Department of Licenses and Inspections in years, The Inquirer has learned. At the same time, the agency's Construction Site Task Force has been so adept at fining contractors for violations such as failing to display permits or update insurance in the city computer system, builders complain, that L&I is delaying construction while city building is booming. Critics of the beleaguered agency say that proves it is on the wrong track, with safety taking a backseat to the exigencies of collecting cash and flexing its muscle over comparatively minor infractions.
December 13, 2014 |
They're ready to do the concrete rumble on Arch Street. Contractors for Comcast Corp.'s new skyscraper on the 1800 block will pour 400 truckloads of concrete over 10 to 12 hours beginning early Saturday for a 10-foot-thick, 15-million-pound foundation mat. This foundation mat for the city's tallest skyscraper will attach the building's structural support - its core - to city bedrock. Officials said Thursday that it will be one of the largest concrete pours in city history.
November 1, 2014 |
Louis Bloom, the character Jake Gyllenhaal so fiercely inhabits in writer-director Dan Gilroy's terrific, creepy satirical thriller Nightcrawler , is so thoroughly strange, such an alien misfit, and so sleazy, you're tempted to wash your hands upon first seeing him. An unemployed misfit trawling the streets of Los Angeles for work, for distraction, or for confrontation, Louis opens the film with a violent crime. Caught stealing wiring from a construction site, he beats up the security guard and steals his big shiny wristwatch.
October 28, 2014 |
Michael Parrington, 70, of Burlington City, a former commercial archaeologist who unearthed rare artifacts on construction sites from Britain to the Jersey Shore and from Philadelphia and Manhattan, died Saturday, Oct. 18, at home of progressive supranuclear palsy. Born in Lancashire, England, Mr. Parrington moved to the Philadelphia area in 1976 and took a job at an excavation site at Valley Forge where he met and worked alongside fellow archaeologist Helen (Linny) Schenck, who became his second wife.
October 18, 2014 |
The crime was shocking in its brutality: 19-year-old Daquan Crump was found dead at a Northeast Philadelphia construction site - shot 11 times in the head. Why he was killed, it turned out, was petty and senseless. Malik Anderson, a childhood friend, was angry that Crump had kept $60 he owed Anderson from the sale of a stolen PlayStation 3 console. A Common Pleas Court jury on Wednesday found Anderson, 19, guilty of first-degree murder, and Judge Steven R. Geroff sentenced him to life without parole.