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August 11, 1994 | BY LARRY ALIBERTI
I was very lucky to have met Frank Rizzo in his office just a few weeks before he passed away; it was one of the greatest experiences in my life. Frank Rizzo stood for law and order. There aren't too many people you can say that about. When he was elected mayor in 1971, he promised not to raise taxes or levy any new ones. He kept that promise. When he was mayor, he promised not to lay off city employees. Again he kept his promise. Rizzo was one of the key players in bringing thousands of jobs into the city.
NEWS
September 12, 1989 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some day, he hasn't decided when yet, Piero Capelli is going to drive down to JFK Plaza, walk up to the LOVE sculpture and knock on it once, gently, with his knuckles. A love tap. Capelli figures that he's entitled. "I've looked at it for a year and a half," he said. "I've been in it. I've been on it. I've been under it. I've learned to like it. It's become a friend of mine. " Not wanting to get too effusive about the thing, he added, "I'm glad to give it back. " With Capelli's blessings, Robert Indiana's sculpture made its official return to the city yesterday in a ceremony that was conducted at midday, when it was hot enough for the officials in dark suits to be almost as succinct as the art. Capelli is a metalworker with Capitol Sign Co. in Montgomery County, and for the last 15 months he has been the production manager in charge of restoring the sculpture to its former glossy, bright glory.
NEWS
September 23, 1989
They've polished up the LOVE sculpture and put it back, this time on a seven-foot, graffiti-resistant pedestal, at the head of JFK Plaza. Not much else is what you'd call "polished" in the plaza. But LOVE, with the fountain splashing in the background, sets the place off nicely. It had been gone for 15 months, being touched up. F. Eugene Dixon Jr., president of the Fairmount Park Commission, paid the tab. Not everybody is happy that it's back. Joyce Brooks, who sleeps in the park, complained that, the day Fitz Dixon and the mayor unveiled the thing last week, police came and tossed her clothes and blankets away.
NEWS
April 10, 1992 | by Sheila Simmons, Daily News Staff Writer
It can't do much about the rats, but the Fairmount Park Commission has booted the young, gutsy, high-flying skateboarders out of JFK Plaza. On their way to becoming as much a part of the plaza as the Love sculpture and the non-working fountain, skateboarders descended on the park at the close of each day, zipping along and taking turns doing injury-defying tricks on their fiberglass transports. Now - they're outta there. On orders of the Fairmount Park Commission a "Skateboarding Prohibited" sign has been posted at the plaza, near 16th Street at the end of Ben Franklin Parkway.
NEWS
July 27, 1989 | JOANNE RIM/ DAILY NEWS
Paul Righi tosses a pass during a game of wheelchair football at JFK Plaza yesterday. The game was sponsored by the Magee Rehabilitation Center.
NEWS
July 19, 1998 | Inquirer photographs by Michael S. Wirtz
About 100 children from the Freedom Schools of Philadelphia held a "Help Us Live!" anti-gun violence rally on Friday at JFK Plaza. The aim of the demonstration was to teach the children that they are not powerless, organizers said.
NEWS
March 29, 1991 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / ED HILLE
IT'S UP AND OFF as 13-year-old Daniel Shin (left) loses his footing while riding his skateboard down steps at JFK Plaza. Shin and others skateboarding in the plaza enjoyed sunshine and temperatures that climbed to 77 degrees yesterday.
NEWS
March 10, 1992 | ANDREA MIHALIK/ DAILY NEWS
Taking advantage of yesterday's springlike weather, a man reads a newspaper and eats lunch at JFK Plaza. The pleasant weather is expected to end abruptly tomorrow as a cold front moves through the area and sends temperatures plummeting. Today will be warm, though, with a chance of rain.
NEWS
August 16, 1989 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / J. KYLE KEENER
Having good, clean fun, about 400 inner-city youths from 30 cities across the country participated yesterday in the Third Annual National Clean Sweep Games at JFK Plaza. The games used a clean-up theme, with summer youth program participants entering events such as the 100-Meter Push Broom Relay and 100- Meter Scoop.
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September 22, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
The second phase of renovation on LOVE Park - reconstruction of its iconic saucer-shaped welcome center - kicked off Tuesday. City officials announced that Saint-Gobain, a global building-materials manufacturer with offices in Malvern, will donate $700,000 in cash and construction resources to the new center. LOVE Park, officially known as JFK Plaza, is in the midst of a yearlong $19.7 million redesign. The LOVE statue has been moved to Dilworth Park during the construction. The newly refurbished park - with more green space, seating areas, and a new fountain - is slated to open in late spring.
NEWS
May 31, 2016 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
Tropical Storm Girard unleashed a torrent of water on West Philadelphia in March. Missed that news? It was not a real storm, but it might as well have been. Philadelphia Water Department employees turned on a fire hydrant on West Girard Avenue for three hours, enough to fill up two longish ditches with 35,000 gallons of water - an experimental simulation of 3.5 inches of rain. Then they watched it disappear. The ditches are rain gardens, brimming with grasses, flowers, and monitoring equipment, and they are part of an underground revolution.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2016 | Inga Saffron, INQUIRER ARCHITECTURE CRITIC
There is a great work of art in the center of Dilworth Park. Unfortunately, you can't see it right now. Called Pulse , the site-specific piece by Janet Echelman was commissioned in 2009, just as a major reconstruction was being planned for the City Hall plaza. Her idea was to use colored light and mist to trace the path of the subways as they rumbled under the park's surface. Ephemeral and magical, the piece was meant to be the capstone of the plaza's $55 million overhaul, a civic gesture that could be as captivating as the famous sculptures of Chicago's Millennium Park . But nearly 18 months after Dilworth reopened under the auspices of a private manager, the Center City District, Pulse is only half-finished.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2015 | By Grace Dickinson, For The Inquirer
Christmas music has been the sound track in stores since we were still full from Thanksgiving. The tunes are a festive reminder there is still a lot left to check off on your holiday shopping list. Luckily, festive craft markets and holiday pop-ups are in full swing, making it easy to find the perfect, locally made gift. Christmas Village Shop like the Germans do at Christmas Village, the quintessential Philadelphia holiday pop-up, which sets up shop just outside of City Hall, transforming LOVE Park into a Bavarian-style market.
FOOD
September 4, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
British comforts What this town needed, London-raised chef Sam Jacobson had been saying to anyone who would listen, is a pie and mash shop. And so he has opened Stargazy at 1838 E. Passyunk Ave. (215-309-2761), a simple spot with cases and counters, with mirrors and assorted woodwork by friends Craig Parahus and Owen Mercurio (a.k.a. Hoboglyph). Much of the business is takeout; there are a few tables for dine-in. Jacobson hands out free hot tea. The fare is similarly low-key: pies and mash provides low-cost, savory sustenance to the masses.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
For almost two weeks, a poll on Philadelphia Magazine's Property website has been asking, "Which LOVE Park design do you love?" It refers to four drawings that were shown by landscape architects from Hargreaves Associates at a March 24 public meeting. That event ended with city Deputy Parks Commissioner Mark Focht also asking the audience to pick their favorite. This may sound like carping, but those images are not designs - they're diagrams. They're certainly an important step in the process of redesigning the problematic park across from City Hall, a gateway to the Parkway.
NEWS
March 28, 2015
ISSUE | SPECIAL ELECTION Democrats rebuffed What a great win for Martina White in the state House race in Northeast Philadelphia. And what a message about the legacy left by now-Congressman Brendan Boyle and a wake-up call for those voting Democratic. Finally, some union members are realizing that Democrats don't have their interests at heart unless they're donating plenty of money. |Stephen Dreher, Philadelphia ISSUE | PA. BUDGET Bold is best Gov. Wolf's budget proposal is right on the money: It is time to go big ("Senator: If no pension fix - no deal," March 24)
NEWS
March 26, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOVE Park is getting a new fountain, lots of lawn space, gardens, and a food-truck area. The question is, What goes where? The design team working on the $15 million renovation of JFK Plaza presented four designs to the community at a meeting Tuesday at the Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia. The four plans, presented by Mary Margaret Jones, president of the project's lead architectural firm, Hargreaves Associates, include all the same elements but vary in layout.
NEWS
September 16, 2014
ISSUE | NAME GAME Jefferson and what? What a coup for SEPTA to receive a significant financial contribution from Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals to rename Market East Station. And it's a brilliant move by Jefferson to put itself on the Philadelphia transit map. While Jefferson staff and patients will benefit, however, the general public may get lost. Transit stations are not like ballparks: They cannot change their names every two years and expect to serve local and visiting customers effectively.
SPORTS
July 17, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
JIM MORA sat in the den of his Palm Springs home, tan and fit and still so damn young-looking even at the age of 79. Behind him, the walls were filled with dozens of pictorial memories of a successful coaching career that saw his teams win 125 NFL regular-season games. Only 24 other coaches in history have more victories. But the photograph Mora was focused on at the moment had nothing to do with any of those 125 wins. The picture shows him standing on a platform in JFK Plaza holding up a trophy with two other men. It was taken 30 years ago today, at the end of the victory parade the city threw for Mora and his Philadelphia Stars after they won the United States Football League championship with a 23-3 win over George Allen's Arizona Wranglers.
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