May 23, 2016 |
Authorities were investigating a disturbance of some sort, which initially was reported as a manhole explosion, near 30th and Market Streets in University City on Saturday afternoon. No one was injured, a police spokeswoman said. The reported underground explosion occurred near 30th Street Station, at the northeast corner of 30th and Market, shortly after 1 p.m., a Fire Department dispatcher said. Market Street was closed to vehicular traffic from 29th to 30th Streets because of the investigation.
March 22, 2016 |
It's a low form of art. Street level, in fact. And yet, from these, the flat rounds of cast iron that dot city streets and sidewalks, that help cars roll smoothly and seal entrances to underground tunnels, Russell Muits has extracted industrial beauty. For him, manhole covers do more than intrigue. They beckon. The 38-year-old South Jersey graphic designer has embarked on a coast-to-coast odyssey, traveling from Camden to Philadelphia to Seattle and back, searching out unusual manhole covers and, through the hands-on application of ink and canvas, transforming them into hypnotic prints.
November 6, 2013 |
DRIP. DRIP. Drip. How'd you spend your Monday morning? I spent it talking to Ellis Gilliom, staring into a hole in the ground at 61st and Lindbergh. He said water had been leaking from a busted hydrant for more than a month after it was sheared off by a passing car. A longtime Philadelphian, Gilliom, 69, knew it was a small issue when compared with some of the doozies residents routinely face. But this inattention is emblematic of how Philly deals with problems: waiting until the drip of something small and fixable becomes a geyser of something big and expensive.
August 27, 2013 |
The slog across Eighth Street is rarely smooth or easy. Nearly 12,000 cars travel its two narrow lanes daily, like herds of Holsteins lumbering through the squeeze chute. But for the last few weeks, the busy thoroughfare has gone from merely aggravating to you-must-be-kidding. A $6 million repaving project that began Aug. 5 and will end in early September has ripped the hide off the street, leaving it gashed and cratered. Work crews wielding jackhammers and riding Bobcats have taken over, shoving cars to the curb or blocking them.
April 17, 2013 |
THE 1996 ATLANTA Olympic Park bombing. The World Trade Center massacre. The London subway bombing. The stabbing death of a U.S. citizen during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Newtown. Three dead and, at last count, more than 140 injured in Monday's bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. That's our world. These are timelines my three children will use to mark their ascent into adulthood, just as the deaths of JFK, RFK and MLK, and the attempted assassinations of Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan marked mine.
January 3, 2013 |
A cable beneath 16th and Market Streets in Center City began smoking early this morning, causing officials worried about a separate gas leak to evacuate an apartment building. The 10-story Oakwood Apartments building at 16th and Sansom was cleared of its residents, and 16th street was closed between Chestnut and Walnut Streets for much of the morning. Karen Muldoon-Geus, a Peco spokeswoman, said the incident occurred about 3:30 a.m. when smoke was spotted coming from a manhole.
December 24, 2012 |
Peco Energy Co. is reporting an "issue with underground cables" near Lancaster Avenue and Rittenhouse Place in Lower Merion. Peco workers are on site, and the utility company is assembling more specialized crews to assess the damage. Peco will have to cut off electricity before workers can go underground safely, company spokesman Ben Armstrong said. "The insulation around the cables could be heating up and causing the manhole to smoke," Armstrong said. "You could be seeing smoke coming from the manhole.
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.
November 8, 2011 |
An explosion and a fire in a manhole knocked out power to about 1,400 PECO customers in Northeast Philadelphia and played havoc with traffic about 3 hours this morning. The blast was reported about 7:20 a.m. in a manhole on the 7500 block of Bustleton Avenue in Rhawnhurst. PECO said power was restored around 10:20 a.m. The police closed Bustleton Avenue from Cottman Avenue to St. Vincent Street after the explosion and reported that traffic lights were out in the area, including those at Roosevelt Boulevard and Harbison Avenue.
November 2, 2011 |
SOMETIMES it's the little things that are hardest to fix. With the help of Licenses & Inspections and members of the Queen Village Neighbors Association, Ted Warren has taken on giant neighborhood problems - like vacant lots and abandoned properties - and won. Last spring, Warren got to see his work in action. A developer transformed the vast vacant lot across from his house, which he and his partners had targeted, into a row of single-family homes. But after the construction, something was left behind: an uncovered manhole.