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.
October 15, 2014 |
A Philadelphia judge may rule as early as Thursday whether five officials from the Salvation Army will have to sit for depositions related to a civil lawsuit filed on behalf of the victims of last year's building collapse on Market Street that killed six and injured 13. During a hearing Wednesday, attorneys for the Salvation Army argued that the five officials should not be forced to answer questions from the plaintiffs' attorneys while the criminal...
November 30, 2013 |
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.
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.
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.
June 16, 2014 |
Washington Square has been one of the quieter corners of Center City since the crowds of pressmen, illustrators, ad salespeople, and buzzing electric paper trucks vanished from the neighborhood, along with Philadelphia's old role as the nation's mass-market publishing center. But the blocks around Washington Square now seem primed to become more like busy Rittenhouse Square , a Philadelphia slice of Manhattan with its pricey apartments, cafes, boutiques, and crowded sidewalks.
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.
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.
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
May 24, 2014 |
SEPTA will spend about 3 percent more for transit operations in the fiscal year that begins July 1, and it will nearly double its spending on major construction and repair projects, thanks to an infusion of state money. The SEPTA board unanimously approved a $1.33 billion operating budget and a $572 million capital budget Thursday, without discussion. The operating budget, which includes no fare increases, provides money for a pilot program to resume 24-hour-a-day subway service on weekends, beginning this summer.