June 14, 2013 |
ENOUGH HEARTACHE and confusion was lurking beneath the bricks and shattered slabs of concrete at the Market Street collapse zone to last this city a lifetime. And yet there's more now - more sadness, more pain, more questions that probably won't be answered any time soon. Ronald Wagenhoffer, the city inspector who previously examined the four-story Center City property that collapsed onto a Salvation Army thrift shop June 5, killing six people and injuring 13, committed suicide in a secluded stretch of Roxborough Wednesday night, authorities said.
January 30, 2015 |
I'VE BEEN ASKING myself for awhile now if I should risk a column on Griffin Campbell, the contractor behind bars for the deadly June 2013 building collapse on Market Street. I don't want him to appear overly deserving of our sympathy when six families are still mourning the loved ones they lost on that day. But other families are also feeling the pain, and that includes Campbell's. First let me say Campbell, even beyond his involvement in the collapse, has lived a life that has hardly been a model.
October 31, 2015 |
The city has allowed ESPN to close for more than 48 hours a block of Market Street - a major city thoroughfare - near Independence Mall to set up its roving weekly college football GameDay live telecast. ESPN chose Philadelphia for its weekly College GameDay show because undefeated Temple University is playing Notre Dame on Saturday night at sold-out Lincoln Financial Field in this weekend's prime-time college football game. The event offers great exposure for Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter's spokesman Mark McDonald said Thursday night, calling it, "an excellent opportunity to market the city to a national audience.
May 27, 2016 |
Ruth's Chris Steak House returns to Center City early next month, taking space on a revitalized stretch of Market Street just north of Rittenhouse Square. Marsha Brown is making a multimillion-dollar investment, just as she did three decades ago when she arrived from the chain's hometown, New Orleans. Back then, though, the location itself did not matter, she said. She fell hard for the Beaux Arts office tower at Broad and Spruce Streets built for the Atlantic Refining Co. The neighborhood was far from prime.
December 30, 1994 |
You can get a spanking-new, 1995 wardrobe at John Wanamaker on Sunday, but you won't be able to sidle over to Little Sicily on West Passyunk Avenue and munch a slice of Charles Campo's pizza. Or you can warm up in the 2 Street Cafe in the food court at the Gallery, but you won't be able to watch the Mummers from a suite in the Hotel Atop the Bellevue. As economic and social realignments go, it is not nation-shaking (just ask the Mexicans), but moving the Mummers from Broad Street to Market Street, because Broad is under construction, does have its repercussions on Philadelphia businesses.
February 18, 2016 |
PMC Property Group plans to redevelop the former Marketplace Design Center building at 2400 Market St. into a block-wide 22-story office and residential tower, the latest sign that Philadelphia's most aggressive development is shifting west. The company, with real estate investment firm Lubert-Adler, is proposing 450,000 square feet of offices and 350 apartments in a building that uses the former interior design showroom center as its base, PMC executive vice president Jonathan Stavin said Tuesday.
December 27, 2012 |
The XXX-rated films are gone, along with the customers who trolled the Forum Theater on Market Street seeking public arousal. As videos and the Internet killed porn theaters, the Forum was among the last to die, but it finally closed Nov. 30, giving Philadelphia the opportunity - for the first time in decades - to develop this key link between the city's east and west sides. Richard Basciano, the man behind the proposal to revive the area with new apartments and street-level commercial space, is best known as the king of Times Square porn.
November 27, 2015 |
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney said Wednesday that Streets Commissioner David Perri will head the Department of Licenses and Inspections in his administration. Perri, 57, has been streets commissioner since 2013. He will oversee a beleaguered department that needs an overhaul, as outlined by various reports over the last two years. The agency has had its share of problems over time, but has been on particularly rocky footing since the fatal Market Street building collapse in 2013. "L&I has been a severely badly performing department for quite some time now," Kenney said.
April 23, 2016 |
The developer of East Market, a mixed-use project between 11th and 12th Streets along Market Street, may add 250 more residential units at the site in response to what it sees as strong demand for living spaces in the area. National Real Estate Development managing director Daniel Killinger said during an appearance at the Urban Land Institute conference in Philadelphia Thursday that his company will decide next month whether to pursue the expansion. The new units would add about 20 stories to what has been intended as a two-story retail building at the corner of 12th and Market Streets, Killinger said.
May 30, 2016 |
One side benefit of the construction of the massive retail-and-residential East Market project is that it has opened up views (temporarily, anyway) of the tightly packed commercial blocks between 11th and 12th Streets. For the first time in decades, you can clearly make out the colorful terra-cotta details on 15 S. 11th St., once a flagship location for the Horn & Hardart restaurant chain. The ornate, five-story structure was designed and built in 1912 by William Steele & Sons, the go-to developer of the day, on commission for Horn & Hardart.