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ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2013 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Like the prow of a ship, the main facade of Drexel University's new business school at 32d and Market Streets steers toward Center City, straining to narrow the two-block gap between the Schuylkill and its fast-growing campus. In a bit of overt symbolism, the university even relocated a statue of founder Anthony Drexel to the entrance plaza, so he now stands firmly at the helm of this eastward venture. Under its current president, John A. Fry, Drexel has made no secret of its desire to fill that bleak, underutilized space with the sleek towers of a new technology-dominated neighborhood.
NEWS
May 5, 2011 | Inquirer Staff Report
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.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Aubrey Whelan, and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
Gary Ginsberg, owner of the Suit Corner, stood on the north side of Market Street on Wednesday morning, facing reporters. Behind him, his family business burned. "All these years at Third and Market, going down to an end," he said as firefighters fought the two-alarm blaze. "I just can't believe this is happening. . . . It just went up in smoke. " Within a month, two Old City haberdasheries connected by blood, architectural motif, and outlandish retail style had been destroyed in spectacular fashion.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
April 23, 1992 | By Susan Warner, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
May 17, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 21, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 9, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
SHAFFIAT ALI is a man who should not have a car, judging by how he's allegedly used his red Mitsubishi Eclipse since early May. Two months after he was arrested in a road-rage incident in Center City, Ali, 31, was arrested again Sunday after he allegedly hit a pedestrian who was crossing Market Street near 2nd about 1:20 a.m. and then tried to speed away, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman. Some friends of the injured pedestrian gave chase, and officers on routine patrol spotted them and pulled Ali over, Russell said.
NEWS
January 29, 2013
The owner of the Forum Theater obtained a permit Thursday to demolish the Market Street property, according to records from the city Department of Licenses and Inspections. Richard Basciano said he wants to knock the property down as soon as possible as part of a plan to redevelop the 2100 and 2200 blocks of Market Street, where he owns multiple parcels. The Forum, believed to be Center City's last porn theater, for decades inhibited development because other businesses did not want to locate near it. After the demolition, the Forum will be a parking lot. - Miriam Hill
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE WINDOWS on the Nissan Altima were dark - dark enough, it seems, to hide the body of Nadia Malik for at least a day or two. A tip from an anonymous caller to the Marple Township Police Department led Philadelphia cops to inspect the car shortly before 10:30 a.m. yesterday on a slush-rimmed stretch of 30th Street near Market, behind the hulking IRS building. They found Malik, 22, in the front passenger seat. The mother of two from Broomall had been missing since Feb. 9. How she died is a mystery for now. She showed no visible signs of trauma and was fully clothed, said Lt. John Walker, of Southwest Detectives.
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