April 9, 2016 |
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, and Judah Lewis. Distributed by Fox Searchlight. Running time: 1 hour, 40 mins. Parent's guide: R (profanity, violence, adult themes). Playing at: Area theaters.
April 3, 2016 |
Demolition began Friday morning on a historic apartment building seriously damaged in a fire this year - and, city officials said, more of the building will be preserved than originally planned. The four-story building at 2122 Locust St., known as the Charles F. Gummey House, was built in 1899 and features an imposing brick facade with bay windows and an elaborately carved stone door surround. City officials said in a news release that residents of the building's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood had been upset by the initial demolition plan, which called for only the building's facade to be preserved.
March 19, 2016 |
A section of concrete floor on the third level of a factory being demolished in Center City collapsed Thursday morning, toppling a lamppost and a tree onto the roof of a school bus that had just dropped off students at the National Constitution Center. No injuries were reported in the 9 a.m. incident on the 400 block of Race Street. What caused the 12-inch concrete floor, which measured 8 feet by 15 feet, to tumble was not immediately known. For some, the incident echoed the 2013 collapse of a building being demolished at 22nd and Market Streets in which six people in an adjoining Salvation Army thrift store were killed and 13 were injured.
March 10, 2016 |
No new reports have surfaced yet about which side of the NovaCare Complex Howie Roseman is working from these days. It was big news last year around this time when Chip Kelly took control of the Eagles' football operations - at least we all thought he did - and Roseman's nameplate was removed from the office that was in the same wing as Kelly and Ed Marynowitz, the coach's handpicked decision-making assistant. Regardless of Roseman's office location, he obviously has risen and returned as the man in charge of putting together the roster.
February 27, 2016 |
Most of the Center City apartment building ravaged by a four-alarm fire last month will be demolished, but its façade will be saved, City Hall announced Thursday. The Department of Licenses and Inspections said the owner of the four-story building at 2122 Locust Street that was destroyed by the Jan. 19 blaze had been instructed to apply for demolition permits. However, the structure's façade will remain standing, officials said. The brick building, constructed in 1899 at the corner of Locust and Van Pelt Streets, was originally known as the Charles F. Gummey House and designed by the architectural firm Baker & Dallett, the city said.
January 17, 2016
PHILADELPHIA POLICE were looking Friday for a man who, posing as a Department of Licenses and Inspections employee, has been telling residents in North Philadelphia that the city was going to demolish their homes. The incidents occurred Jan. 8 and Wednesday on the 2500 block of North Colorado Street, the 2400 block of West Cumberland Street, and the 2400 block of West Sergeant Street, the Mayor's Office of Communications said in a statement. The man wore a reflective vest and yellow hard hat, but presented no identification.
January 17, 2016 |
Philadelphia police were looking Friday for a man who, posing as a Department of Licenses and Inspections employee, has been telling residents in North Philadelphia that the city was going to demolish their homes. The incidents occurred Jan. 8 and Wednesday on the 2500 block of North Colorado Street, the 2400 block of West Cumberland Street, and the 2400 block of West Sergeant Street, the Mayor's Office of Communications said in a statement. The man wore a reflective vest and yellow hard hat, but presented no identification.
January 14, 2016 |
With a rumble of its engine, a big yellow backhoe Tuesday crashed its hydraulic arm through a wall of Evesham Township's long-vacant Kmart store, a first step in the demolition - and rehabilitation - of a shopping center the township has long called an eyesore. "It's been a continual process to get where we are today," Mayor Randy Brown told residents and officials gathered at the Tri-Towne Plaza minutes before the backhoe sprang to life in Burlington County's largest municipality. "We've worked longer on this than any other project in Evesham," Brown said.
December 24, 2015 |
The Inspector General's Office found that the Department of Licenses and Inspections failed to follow proper demolition guidelines in nearly 80 percent of cases reviewed over a nine-month period, according to an audit released Tuesday. The audit was launched in response to an Inquirer story, published on Oct. 25, that reported that same rate of mishandled inspections. The Inquirer story was based on the paper's own review of L&I records. The Inspector General's report concluded that "the most significant finding of the audit is that in 57 of 100 permits, inspectors improperly passed at least one inspection that should have been waived or failed.
November 3, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter's request that his inspector general investigate allegations that the Department of Licenses and Inspections isn't properly monitoring demolition sites is unsettling considering how long he took to make that decision. In the 28 months since a wall crashed into the Salvation Army thrift shop at 22nd and Market Streets, leaving six people dead and 13 others injured, it has been as obvious as a wrecking ball that L&I is steeped in dysfunction. It's hard to understand why Nutter waited until he has only about two months left in office to put his toughest investigator on this case.