August 21, 2013 |
A woman who lost her legs after being buried for nearly 13 hours in the Market Street building collapse filed a lawsuit Monday alleging widespread negligence in the catastrophic June 5 accident. Mariya Plekan, a 52-year-old immigrant from Ukraine, was shopping in the Salvation Army thrift shop at 22d and Market Streets when a wall being demolished in the building next door fell onto the store's roof. Plekan suffered devastating injuries "that led to the removal of her entire lower body," the suit says.
March 20, 2014 |
In a sweeping $500 million-plus project aimed at finally upgrading Philadelphia's worn downtown retail district and spreading Center City's apartment revival east of Broad Street, a development group says it plans to demolish a modest block of stores on Market Street between 11th and 12th - and eventually level or renovate the rest of the block down to Chestnut Street - in favor of a new retail/residential complex. Developers of the complex, to be called East Market, are two Philadelphia concerns, backed by Washington and New York firms.
April 15, 2015 |
A $19.6 million project to transform a century-old building at the gritty 69th Street terminal complex into a sleek, modern structure that will be greener and more passenger-friendly was officially begun Monday. "This is going to be a model for how we will be able to make old buildings sustainable," said Rep. Patrick Meehan (R., Pa.), one of several politicians at Monday's groundbreaking ceremony. Actual construction work began last fall. Meehan predicted that the upgrades to West Terminal would draw more passengers and bolster the local economy.
May 2, 2015 |
Conehead marching An orange and white striped parking cone sits atop the head of one marcher as the protesters head north on Broad Street, passing the old Philadelphia Inquirer building. The crowd appears to be thinning out. Some people are carrying signs and chanting "United we Stand, Divided We Fall. " To the Parkway Marchers passed the Four Seasons - protected by a line of police officers and their bicycles - and headed onto the Parkway. Earlier, protesters headed down 16th toward Walnut but police steered them back toward Market.
May 5, 2014 |
Many young men came home from World War II and started their own businesses. Charles Goldberg did just that, and his was an instant hit. With just $600 in capital, he and his older brothers, Harry and Jack, formed Goldbergs' Marine, selling boating equipment from a store on Market Street. "They were a legend," said Bill Wermuth, a Wynnewood native who went there for 14 years starting in 1958 to outfit the boat his parents kept in Nova Scotia. Goldbergs' was synonymous with savvy salesmen and apt advice, Wermuth said.
April 22, 2015 |
IT WAS EIGHT years ago this month that the Daily News branded 52nd and Market streets one of the city's most dangerous corners. "Death Row" screamed the front-page headline - one part tabloid hyperbole, one part depressing summation of the crime, blight and poverty that had choked the life out of the once-proud business and entertainment strip. Drug deals went down casually in broad daylight. Businesses collapsed, one after another, as a lengthy rebuild of SEPTA's Market-Frankford El turned the streets and sidewalks into a maze of construction equipment and debris.
March 14, 2015 |
Two hours behind schedule, Beth Heinly finally located a working electrical outlet in the echoing cavern of the Broad Street concourse and settled in, wearing a puffy chef's hat, to cook pasta. The mac-and-cheese giveaway was Heinly's take on site-specific performance art - meant to engage a space that mostly lies vacant, except for occasional skateboarders, scuttling rainy-day commuters, and covert smokers of marijuana. "I wanted to do a really loving thing in a scary place," she said.
March 14, 2015 |
A Philadelphia taxi ride used to be one of those luxurious indulgences where you could escape, however briefly, from your over-scheduled life and spend a few precious minutes staring out the window, lost in thought. Now every trip begins with a backseat television screen laying claim to your eyeballs. At least you still have the option of hitting the off button. If a bill sponsored by Councilman Mark Squilla is put to a final vote later this month, the mere act of walking through the streets of Center City will become a lot like a cab ride, but without the off button.
April 27, 2015 |
I was gliding into the left lane of rush-hour Market Street traffic on my Indego bike when I realized just how much fun I was having. I shifted into third gear. I sped past buses. Maybe it was the exhaustion, or the exhaust fumes, but I rang my bell a lot. I was laughing. Four hours earlier, I had not wanted to write this column. It was Thursday and my quad-mates Matt and Aubrey were abuzz about the launch of Philly's new bike-share program, Indego. Philly should have nice things, they said.
July 15, 2013 |
In the weeks before the deadly Market Street collapse, the building's owner repeatedly warned top city officials and Salvation Army officials that the demolition could endanger the adjacent Salvation Army thrift store. But that did not prompt the city to step in. Nor did it stop the owner from rapidly demolishing the building - with devastating consequences. E-mails and letters reviewed by The Inquirer show repeated warnings about a possible collapse with potentially deadly results.