March 28, 2015 |
Five days after Christmas, Tommy Joshua received an e-mail from a Philadelphia Housing Authority official that threatened to bulldoze the preceding three years of his life. The agency would be testing soil on land it owned in Sharswood, a neighborhood defined by its two 18-story project towers and the expanse of vacant land that surrounds them. Joshua put on his boots. With a dozen neighbors Jan. 6, he walked five blocks to prevent the PHA from digging into its own property at 24th and Bolton Streets, once an eyesore and now something promising, named North Philly Peace Park.
January 26, 2015 |
Land values in Philadelphia's Francisville neighborhood are beginning to take off, and MJL Properties is capitalizing on that trend. Real estate developer Michael J. Loonstyn, wife Andrea and father William run the family business, MJL Properties, out of offices in Francisville that are on the ground floor of their newest apartment complex, at 831-849 N. 19th St. Francisville's boundaries run east-west from Corinthian Avenue to Broad Street and...
October 14, 2014 |
DRIVING your car in Center City on a weeknight. Fairly safe situation, right? Not for a Fairmount couple who police say were attacked by a small group of rampaging punks on bicycles at 18th and Lombard streets. Cops say the driver and his wife, both 31, were stopped at a red light at 8:34 p.m. Thursday when the kids pulled up on bikes in front of the vehicle. One opened the passenger door and tried to pull the woman out. When her husband started to back up, the kids hurled rocks, causing him to strike parked vehicles, according to police.
October 13, 2014 |
A 16-year-old and two 12-year-olds have been charged in connection with two assaults that took place Thursday night in Southwest Center City and Francisville - one of which left a man with a fractured jaw, police said. At 8:34 p.m. at 18th and Lombard Streets, a group of boys stopped their bikes in front of a car driven by a couple from Fairmount who were waiting at a red light, police said. Police said one of the boys opened the car's passenger door and another tried to pull the woman in the passenger seat out of the car. When the driver shifted into reverse and pulled away, the boys began throwing rocks at the car, police said.
September 15, 2014 |
What's in a name? For developer Chad Ludeman, quite a lot. His projects include Awesometown in Fishtown, Duplexcellence in South Kensington, and Folsom Powerhouse in Francisville. And now, Pop! - two cork-clad and -insulated houses that feature purifying air-filtration systems and green roofs. Postgreen Homes, founded by Ludeman and run by him, wife Courtney, and partner Nic Darling, is anything but an ordinary development company. And quite a few buyers, it turns out, are sold on those distinctive names.
August 15, 2014 |
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT - Taney Dragons player Joe Richardson Jr. said there's one ritual he will perform before stepping onto the field for the team's first game in the Little League World Series today: He must eat a bag of Skittles. "I didn't know that was a ritual," his father, Joe Richardson Sr., of Francisville, said. "I just thought he wanted to eat candy. " As the first of the Taney Dragons players' families arrived at the Little League World Series complex in South Williamsport yesterday, they gathered around the batting cages and got their first look at their children in days.
April 22, 2014 |
SISTER MARY Scullion once spent a week on the streets with the homeless to learn what it was like to have to find food when she was hungry and a place to sleep at night. "I had to depend on the kindness of strangers," Sister Mary, of the Religious Sisters of Mercy, recalled last week. "I did ask people if they could spare a couple of dollars. And sometimes, when people would leave food that they were discarding, I would take that. " That experience in the '70s marked the beginning of her life's mission.
August 6, 2013
SEVERAL thousand ex-offenders recently attended a city-sponsored job expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in pursuit of gainful employment, interview tips and advice on how to expunge their arrest record. Over 100 companies were there, including Peco, Wawa, Sam's Club and Radio Shack, as were several public officials, including William Hart, executive director of the city's Reintegration Services for Ex-offenders (RISE), offering words of encouragement to attendees. Many politicians seem to believe that the remedy to curing crime is to put more police on the streets, which may sound sensible to some, but in reality it cures nothing.
July 18, 2013 |
JOHN JACKSON swept the sidewalk outside his house in the late-afternoon sun. A huge American flag hung out front, where a lethargic brown-and-white beagle sat inside a fenced-off driveway and front yard filled with flowering trees and potted plants. Jackson lives on Brown Street near 19th, in what has become the increasingly "hot" real-estate market of Francisville. The neighborhood, for years predominantly African-American with some Latinos, has a growing number of newcomers, many of them white and Asian professionals, residents say. Newer three-story houses tower over one-story homes built in the 1980s by the Philadelphia Housing Authority and bought by mostly black teachers, bank employees and government workers.
July 12, 2013
THE SCORE SO FAR: One African-American 2-year-old is stuck in foster care while two African-American male social workers are fired after recommending the child be adopted by a qualified white couple with peerless credentials who are now heartbroken. Lose, lose, lose. "I would never go through this process again," says the prospective mom, Angela. The Daily News is withholding her and her husband's last names to protect the identity of the child, known as Child X. Angela and her husband, Andrew, believe they were racially profiled and have filed a complaint with the state Department of Public Welfare.