November 25, 2013 |
The blocks of Market and Chestnut east of City Hall remain the gash and gaping hole in Center City's success. They are bleak pockets of squalor and neglect. Landlords in the Market East neighborhood - if you can call it a neighborhood - have sat speculatively on properties for decades, avoiding upkeep or improvement. These are the blocks that progress forgot, a costly, damaged, and troubling stretch of our city that inhibits not only tourism but investment, jobs, and revenue. Francis Strawbridge, the final chairman of Strawbridge & Clothier, told me "Market's on a down cycle.
October 17, 2014 |
A JUDGE yesterday rejected the Salvation Army's attempt to shield five employees from being questioned by lawyers who are suing the nonprofit over last year's fatal Market Street building collapse. Common Pleas Judge Mark Bernstein ruled that the Salvation Army cannot invoke Fifth Amendment privilege for the five and ordered that they be produced for depositions between Oct. 21 and Dec. 1. The decision was praised by attorneys for the victims and relatives of those who were killed or injured when part of a building being demolished fell on top of a Salvation Army store at 22nd and Market streets, June 5, 2013.
April 22, 2013 |
Philadelphia police, including the bomb squad, have given the all-clear after a few tense moments at the Independence Visitor Center and adjoining garage. Concerns about the possible existence of a bomb had closed the tourist site shortly after noon. It reopened just before 1:30 p.m. Lt. Joseph McGarrey said the center was evacuated after a "suspicious person" dressed in camouflage fatigues and driving a vehicle loaded with many "items" - including paper and clothing - was detained for questioning.
February 21, 2014 |
It seems like Plan B for the Gallery. The Center City mall's owners have apparently been unable to land high-end department stores to anchor their reimagining of the aging shopping center on Market Street. In an earnings call Wednesday, Joseph Coradino, chief executive officer for Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), said the company had ruled out "traditional fashion department store" anchors, one of two directions it was considering for the property. Rather, PREIT seems focused on what in July Coradino called "fast fashion and food.
June 27, 2014 |
As Cristina Martinez heated a wide maguey leaf on the food cart's griddle, her husband, Benjamin Miller, reached into a warming box holding slow-cooked barbacoa lamb, and the earthy aromas of Capulhuac, Mexico, suddenly wafted over this South Philly corner at Eighth and Watkins Streets. "You want rib meat, leg, or spine?" asks Miller, assembling a one-pound package of moist flesh to be gift-wrapped inside the maguey leaf, with a pint of lamb consomme, spicy cactus salad, and a stack of fresh tortillas on the side.
May 17, 2014 |
Ending decades of divided control of the subterranean realm beneath Center City, SEPTA soon will be in charge of cleaning, maintaining, and repairing almost everything under the streets. That should mean improved cleanliness, lighting, and safety as SEPTA uses new state funding to upgrade the long-neglected passageways, agency officials said Thursday. A new 30-year lease with the city gives SEPTA responsibility for the 3.5 miles of city-owned concourses along Market Street from Eighth to 18th Streets and south to the Walnut-Locust subway station, as well as the elevators and escalators that serve the Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines.
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.
October 11, 2014 |
Upper Darby Township police are looking for a man in his 20s who they say was caught on video slashing the throat of a fellow bar patron during an altercation early Thursday. The victim, Wilson Zunija Aquirre, also in his 20s, was in "extremely critical condition" at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, said Michael Chitwood, superintendent of police. The alleged assailant was identified as Miguel Escalon, also in his 20s, whom Chitwood described as "armed and dangerous.
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.