July 31, 2011 |
An exhibition titled "Urbanism" might suggest vignettes of city life - the street scenes, storefronts, advertising signs, and crowds of pedestrians that create the daily panorama of a metropolis like Philadelphia. Yet city life as a source of narrative doesn't concern the five artists curator Julien Robson of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts chose for this show. Instead, they are engaged in evoking the energy, both constructive and destructive, and the visual details and subliminal textures of the modern city.
May 26, 2011 |
LAST WEEK, I stopped by the New World Shopping Plaza, at 6th and Washington, after a neighbor complained about overflowing Dumpsters that were taking over a corner of the lot. The Marquis checked back Wednesday afternoon and the Dumpsters were nearly full, but were far from overflowing into the parking lot. Progress may be slow, but it's a start. If you want results, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on Facebook at www.philly.com/MarquisFB . PARKING-LOT BLUES: An Indian restaurant, a Chinese takeout, a pizza place and a salon are among businesses sharing the block on Oakland Street near Cottman Avenue, in the Northeast - and the trash that litters the crumbling parking lot behind the stores is arguably as diverse as the services.
May 12, 2011 |
A Philadelphia man last seen removing scrap metal from a Dumpster outside a Montgomery County business was found dead Thursday morning, police said. Lower Moreland police said they are awaiting results from an autopsy but expect that the cause of death was natural causes. There are no signs of foul play. They are withholding identification until they notify next of kin, said Lt. Kevin Dillon. When workers at LaMi Products, on 860 Welsh Road in Huntingdon Valley arrived at work around 6:30 a. m., they found the body next to the dumpster behind the building.
May 10, 2011 |
She narrowly escaped what could have turned into a sexual assault only three weeks ago, investigators said. Monday, 9-year-old Skyler Kauffman wasn't so lucky. Hours after discovering the Souderton girl's bludgeoned and beaten body wrapped in a comforter and tossed into a nearby dumpster, police arrested the same 24-year-old neighbor who allegedly locked the girl in his apartment and threatened to expose himself to her last month. Now, he was charged with her murder. If police had only done something the first time, tragedy could have been prevented, said the girl's mother Heather Gebhard.
January 7, 2011 |
APROMINENT Philadelphia crime sleuth is speculating that the region's high-profile murder mystery - the shocking discovery of ex-Pentagon official John "Jack" Wheeler III in a Wilmington landfill - might not be a murder at all. William Fleisher, an ex-cop who co-founded Philadelphia's murder-solving Vidocq Society, said that the discovery of eyewitnesses and surveillance video of a disoriented Wheeler before he died suggests that the 66-year-old man...
May 12, 2010 |
Police are awaiting a post mortem examination to determine the cause of death of a man whose body was found in a Dumpster in West Philadelphia. The body of the unidentified man was discovered at 12:48 a.m. in the Dumpster behind a supermarket at 48th and Brown Streets in the Mill Creek neighborhood and taken to the Medical Examiner's Office in University City, police said. No other details are available.
February 23, 2010 |
A federal investigator who spent three years probing the company charged with fabricating records after the starvation death of teenager Danieal Kelly described wading through a rain-soaked Dumpster in 2007 to retrieve documents tossed out by someone at the agency. "I climbed up the Dumpster and jumped inside," said William McDonald, an agent from the Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general's office. There, he spotted two white trash bags that turned out to contain telephone logs and reports subpoenaed by the government.
February 8, 2010
RECENT stories in the Daily News have shined a light on the fact that all of us with older properties - homeowners, renters and landlords - need to know the facts about the health danger from exposed asbestos. To reassure Philadelphia Housing Authority residents that safe and healthy homes are our most important priority, I have directed our staff to take several immediate steps. We are immediately conducting supplemental training for all 600 PHA maintenance workers, supervisors and quality-control staff on the steps to take if they encounter asbestos.
November 15, 2009 |
For the unadventurous among us, home decorating is accomplished in stores and by mail: A couch is on sale at this department store; matching wall sconces (weren't we lucky!) are featured in that catalog. And then there are people like Ellen Hutchinson and Dean Hartung, a long-married couple and both exhibiting artists, who have furnished and restored their East Mount Airy twin in the spirit of Indiana Jones. Like that fictional archaeologist, the couple have often found treasure - buried in trash cans, tossed near railroad tracks, and, of course, up for sale on that modern-day auction block, eBay.
October 25, 2009 |
This month, Philadelphia won an important battle in the war against trash. City Council, by an overwhelming majority, passed a bill that would change how the city licenses and regulates the thousands of Dumpsters scattered throughout Philadelphia. Dumpsters have become the odiferous scourge of our city's commercial corridors. They line our streets and alleys, taking up valuable public space. They are often overflowing, graffiti covered, and, in many cases, unlicensed or illegally placed.