October 14, 2013 |
With the family business thriving nearly 75 years after its debut in South Philadelphia, the planned opening of a fifth Di Bruno Bros. store next Monday in the city's Washington Square West neighborhood might strike some as a "So what?" moment. It's anything but, say city economic-development professionals and business owners in the downtown pocket where Di Bruno's is bringing its high-end Italian foods market. "They have amazing brand recognition," said Ivy Olesh, vice president of marketing and business development at the quasi-public Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp.
July 20, 2013 |
A dramatic video of the Market Street building collapse was captured by a camera on a SEPTA Route 31 bus at the moment the four-story wall fell on top of a Salvation Army thrift store June 5. Six people were killed and 14 injured in the disaster. The video shows the building's west wall coming down in a cloud of dust as pedestrians run and vehicles veer out of the way. The bus was just west of 22d Street, traveling east on Market. Its security camera captured the only known video of the moment the building went down.
June 8, 2013 |
The 42-year-old Hunting Park man who was operating the excavator during Wednesday's building collapse in Center City has been arrested 10 times on charges including drugs, theft, firearms, and assault, court records show. Sean Benschop, who was treated and released for minor injuries, has also been convicted 16 times in Traffic Court since 2006, most for driving without a license or insurance and for operating unregistered vehicles, records show. Benschop, who according to court records also uses the name Kary Roberts, was demolishing the four-story building next to the Salvation Army thrift store at 22d and Market Streets when the remaining structure collapsed, killing six people.
June 11, 2013 |
Click here to see an interactive graphic showing what went wrong in the Market Street building collapse. BEFORE the collapse of the Market Street building that left six people dead on Wednesday, Carl Mason had never heard of Griffin Campbell Construction, he said. "They're cowboys," said Mason, president and owner of Central Salvage Co. Inc., one of the city's major demolition contractors. He explained that while unqualified contractors have always been around, he has seen their numbers grow amid the recent economic downturn.
April 19, 2012
Philadelphia's Department of Licenses and Inspections issued three citations Wednesday against a building in the 700 block of Market Street owned by Yechiel, Nahman, and Michael Lichtenstein, who also owned the Kensington building that burned last week, killing two firefighters. An L&I spokeswoman said the fire had prompted a review of all Lichtenstein properties, leading to the new citations on Market Street, which included operating a multifamily dwelling without a housing-inspection license, failure to keep fire-alarm testing records and certificates on site, and improper maintenance of the facade.
June 6, 2013 |
The block of Market Street where two buildings collapsed today is not just one of the most blighted stretches remaining in Center City; it is a block where blight was ignored for decades by successive city administrations. The collection of small, decrepit commerical buildings, which includes Hoagie City and the Salvation Army Thrift Store, was once part a larger empire of blight assembled by Philadelphia's most notorious slumlord, Sam Rappaport. Even as the rest of Center City took on a polished gloss, the deteriorated Market Street buildings were among the first things people saw as they entered the city from 30th Street Station.
May 5, 2011 |
Market Street between 16th and 17th Streets will be closed between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. today for a Philadelphia Soul Football practice session. Traffic will be allowed to cross Market Street at 16th and 17th streets, but police say motorists should expect backups and delays in the area.
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.
June 8, 2013 |
Following the catastrophic building collapse at 22d and Market Streets, Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke resurrected a bill Thursday to punish speculators for holding on to vacant, often dilapidated, properties. Clarke said he had planned to introduce the bill eventually, but Wednesday's tragedy, which killed six people and injured 14, spurred him to act. The bill would create a "non-utilization tax," which would charge an owner 10 percent of a property's assessed value after it had been vacant for more than a year.
April 23, 1992 |
Marjorie O. Rendell, wife of Mayor Rendell, was appointed yesterday to the board of the Market Street East Improvement Association, the private-sector group overseeing redevelopment of Market Street east of City Hall. "I think it is an important part of the effort to improve the Center City area," Marjorie Rendell said. "And that is something we really need now more than ever, because of our hope that we will have conventions and tourists visiting that part of the city. " Rendell, a bankruptcy lawyer who is known as Midge, said the Market East board was the first major civic commitment she has made since her husband became mayor earlier this year.