November 11, 2015 |
Authorities searching for clues in Friday's double slaying near Lemon Hill Mansion are investigating the case as a "crime of passion," committed when someone found the victims having sex in the backseat of an SUV and shot them to death. Police have identified Shakoor Arline, 25, and Lisa Smith, 32, as the victims found in a Toyota Sequoia on Lemon Hill Drive in Fairmount Park on Friday afternoon. Investigators are exploring whether the couple's romantic entanglements had something to do with their death.
October 30, 2015 |
JOSEPH McGILL will spend tonight sleeping where slaves once slept in the Germantown kitchen of 18th-century Cliveden mansion. Tomorrow at 7 p.m., McGill will do what he has done after spending more than 100 nights in former slave quarters in 15 states. He'll talk with the public about "The Slave Dwelling Project," his one-man effort to preserve the scarce, forgotten remains of America's slavery history. "We tend to want to preserve the nice, beautiful homes and tell the nice, beautiful stories of, usually, white men," McGill said.
October 30, 2015 |
Joseph McGill remembers with a shudder the time he spent at Seward Plantation in Brenham, Texas. "I stood atop an auction block," he said this week from South Carolina, "and imagined the enslaved with their bare backs exposed to show there weren't any marks. No one would buy if there were scars. That showed defiance. " Time fell away for McGill, a descendant of enslaved workers, as he remembered his auction-block experience. "That stands out. Yes. That stands out. " McGill, 54, is director of the Slave Dwelling Project, a five-year-old effort to draw attention to those places, still largely hidden on the American landscape, that were populated and used by enslaved black people.
September 15, 2015 |
It may not be as well known as Cliveden, the Chew family mansion across Germantown Avenue that was the site of the Battle of Germantown in 1777. But Upsala, at 6430 Germantown Ave., just over the line in Mount Airy, played a role in the battle, too, as the staging ground for American forces before they attacked the British on that foggy morning of Oct. 4. Considered one of Philadelphia's finest examples of Federal architecture, Upsala has...
September 12, 2015 |
The sky was the color of ash and the field at West Philadelphia looked like a sloppy, brownish-green gumbo, but the scene Thursday must have appeared like a beautiful daydream to the High School of the Future football team. "Oh, my God," team manager Justin Billups said. "Am I dreaming? Did y'all really just win?" That's right, the Firebirds, who went winless last season, defeated Strawberry Mansion, 20-7. And the main author of Billups' incredulity was his cousin, Marvin Dozier, who was all-around spectacular.
August 31, 2015
Absurd politics Two facing op-eds in The Inquirer illustrate why people are tired of politics ("Time to raise awareness on student-to-prison pipeline," "Minimum-wage hikes help some while hurting others," Tuesday). On the left, reflecting identity politics, is a discussion of racial disparity in school discipline. The writer's remedy is not to improve oversight of disciplinary procedures, but to impose a racial quota on disciplinary measures. On the right, a spokesman for the plutocratic world attacks minimum-wage laws and suggests that a better remedy would be for taxpayers to subsidize low-wage workers so their bosses can continue to pay low wages.
August 3, 2015 |
MORE THAN 500 swing dancers and swing wannabes are expected today at the 19th-century Glen Foerd mansion in Torresdale for "Jazz Age on the Delaware" - a riverside festival of jitterbugging, Charleston lessons and picnics to live '20s, '30s and '40s tunes. The $45 admission benefits Philadelphia's last Gilded Age mansion and its 18-acre estate, open daily, free to the public, dawn to dusk, for nature walks, picnics and communing with "Little Ugly," the ancient dog statue overlooking the river.
July 16, 2015 |
Finding an affordable place of her own was so important to Latoya Wright that when she learned that the Philadelphia Housing Authority was building green homes in Strawberry Mansion, she stood in line at 1 in the morning in the hope of securing a spot. The mother of two had been on the waiting list for public housing for more than a decade. The hours in line, said Wright, 31, were worth it. This week, she and her daughters - Mahagony, 13, and Jayda, 6 - will move out of her sister's home into a two-bedroom townhouse at 2800 Oakdale St., the site of 12 new affordable housing units in the North Philadelphia neighborhood.
June 2, 2015 |
The planned demolition of an 1890 mansion once owned by a founder of U.S. Pipe may pale in comparison to another razing that took place at the Burlington City site about 100 years ago, after the stately home had been converted to company offices. The mansion, a three-story Colonial Revival-style building on the Delaware River, was occupied by Andrew McNeal and his family until 1899, when he sold his company to the U.S. Cast Iron Pipe and Foundry, according to an application the city submitted to have the building placed on the state and federal Registers of Historic Places.
May 26, 2015
A man who was shot four times in the city's Strawberry Mansion section is in critical condition, police said Sunday. Shortly after 3 p.m., the 34-year-old man was found in the 2500 block of North 29th Street after being shot in the face, chest, stomach and thigh. He was taken to Temple University Hospital. No arrests were reported. Caitlin McCabe