September 29, 2012
By Michael Carroll 'No men," the man from New Jersey told my 93-year-old cousin. "No men will be living here. " He had bought the house next door to where she had lived all her life, but he had no intention of living in it. Houses in anthracite coal region towns are reasonable. Reasonable is a softer word for cheap. My mother's Mount Carmel house - the house where I grew up - sold for $23,000 a decade ago. We might be lucky to sell it at all now. The century-old wooden frame houses, mostly twins and rows, once sheltered generations of large mining families.
August 30, 2012 |
RELATIVES of a 23-year-old Overbrook woman abducted from her bed early Wednesday morning gathered outside the house Wednesday afternoon, relief on their faces. "She was found safe and sound," one relative said, declining to discuss the incident further. Police said three masked men - at least one armed with a gun - burst into the house on 66th Street near Malvern Avenue shortly before 6 a.m. They went to the second floor in search of a person who was not in the house and demanded money, said Lt. John Walker, of the Southwest Detective Division.
August 5, 2012 |
When Paco died in April, there was a shared mourning on South Fairhill Street. We'd lost our elder statesman, our neighborhood memory, our common denominator. Everyone on our Queen Village block knew Paco. We live in tight quarters here: Two lines of rowhouses separated by a tiny alley that can barely carry one car. We know our neighbors, like it or not. We liked knowing Paco. He was ever-present: Dressed in a button-down shirt and slacks, brimmed hat on head, walking to the corner coffee shop for his morning drink and the New York Times.
June 7, 2012 |
SOMETIMES, WHEN our phone line was particularly quiet, we'd get worried that you had run out of neighborhood problems, and we couldn't be useful anymore. On the other hand, that's what we wanted, right? If you stopped calling, it could mean only good things. But then, someone would call to say that dozens of stray cats were camping out in an abandoned RV on a vacant lot. And we'd feel silly. Run out of neighborhood problems? In Philly? The City Howl Help Desk is closing its doors for now, but we're going to leave you with some lessons we've learned from looking into your quality-of-life complaints these last couple of years.
July 6, 2011 |
Two people were killed Tuesday morning when their van veered off the road into a parked car and then crashed into a house in Upper Moreland Township, sparking a fire that turned the building into a charred skeleton. The five occupants of the home at 3150 Byberry Rd., Hatboro, got out safely, Upper Moreland Police Chief Tom Nestel said. The house, he said, was "a total loss. " Nestel said the two people in the car were burned so badly that police and the Montgomery County coroner were having trouble identifying them.
July 5, 2011 |
Two people in a van were killed this morning when their vehicle veered off the road into a parked car and then crashed into a home in Upper Moreland Township, sparking a fire that turned the building into a charred skeleton. The five occupants of the home at 3150 Byberry Road, Hatboro, all got out safely, Upper Moreland Police Chief Tom Nestel said. The house, he said, was "a total loss. " Nestel said the two people in the car were burned so badly that police and the Montgomery County coroner were having trouble determining their identities.
April 26, 2011 |
Carole Lawless was in the breezeway next to her rowhouse in Frankford yesterday afternoon when she heard a familiar voice calling her name - no, screaming her name. She ran down the breezeway, past the gate and found her longtime neighbor Josh Taylor, who was staggering in front of his house on Worth Street near Margaret. "He pulled off his shirt, and he had this big hole in the middle of his chest, with a little blood running down his stomach," Lawless said. "He said, 'The dude just next door just shot me!
February 16, 2011 |
THE PROBLEM: The worst part, for Ericka Gillison, is the family of six raccoons. They moved into the abandoned house next door almost a decade ago, when the previous residents left. Let's face it - they're really creepy. Hanging from the porch roof, staring at Gillison and her young daughter as they go in and out. Making so much noise running along the roof that they wake her up. It's gotten so bad, Gillison said, that her family can't stay on their front porch in the summer after dark because the raccoons come out. Her family hasn't gone into their small back yard in years.
December 22, 2010 |
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December 15, 2010 |
Mary Green lives next door to an abandoned rowhouse in North Philadelphia; it's been vacant since the woman who lived there died 11 years ago. It shows. The windows and back door are knocked in and debris litters the first floor. The roof has caved. Since 2008, two fires have hit the building. And with one of the support beams lying in a heap on the floor, the roof over the front porch is listing precariously. To make matters worse, "vagrants go in and out of there," Green said.