January 28, 2016 |
Authorities on Tuesday identified the source of a diesel-fuel spill that leaked about 250 gallons of oil into the Schuylkill River. A portion of the Schuylkill River Trail remained closed Tuesday while crews continued the cleanup effort. The spill occurred when a sensor in an outdoor, covered generator on the 2400 block of Market Street malfunctioned, said Nick Ameen, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard, the lead agency in the cleanup. The generator is owned by a company called CenturyLink, a communications and IT company, Ameen said.
January 13, 2016 |
Police are seeking the public's help to identify suspects who shot a paintball gun at a taxi driver in Center City last month, resulting in the driver losing permanent sight in his right eye. Arshad Khan, 38, of Chester County, has been unable to work since the attack Dec. 19 on 16th Street at Market Street, said his attorney Jordan Schlossberg. Khan had pulled up to a red light at Market in the northbound lanes of 16th at 12:37 a.m. with a fare in the backseat when he heard a bang and saw the splash of paint on the left side of his cab. He rolled down his window and someone in a black sports-utility vehicle to the left of the cab fired the shot that hit Khan in the eye. Khan, who is married with two daughters, including a 9-month-old, was hospitalized at Hahnemann University Hospital in serious but stable condition.
January 11, 2016 |
A private worker helping to repair a sewer line in Old City was trapped in a 14-foot-deep hole Saturday afternoon but was freed about two hours later, conscious and in stable condition. Early reports indicated the unidentified man was working with a crew on the sewer line under the sidewalk in the 300 block of Market Street when dirt and boulders caved in, trapping his legs. The hole was about four feet wide. More than three dozen Fire Department rescuers responded, working carefully to dig the man from the dirt, put him in a harness, and bring him to the street, according to Fire Department Deputy Chief Troy K. Gore.
January 9, 2016
New York-based Shorenstein Properties LLC has acquired the 32-story 1700 Market Street office tower in Center City, the company said in a release. Shorenstein closed Wednesday on its purchase of the 848,000-square-foot building from a partnership involving New York's Nightingale Group and investor David Werner. The price was not disclosed. Shorenstein said it plans to invest in improvements to the property, as it's been doing at the nearby Beneficial Bank Place building that it purchased last year.
December 31, 2015 |
Last January's Grand Experiment, a cut-down Mummers Parade strutting south out of Center City and ending at Washington Avenue, was a success and will be repeated this year. Some 10,000 costumed Mummers are expected to march. Most will assemble west of City Hall on Market Street and J.F.K. Boulevard, which are good places for a behind-the-scenes peek. Performance points again will be at Dilworth Park, 15th and Market streets; outside the Union League, Broad and Sansom streets; and at Broad and Carpenter streets.
December 29, 2015 |
25-year-old shot in W. Philadelphia A 25-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot Sunday night in West Philadelphia, police said. The man was outside on the 6100 block of Ludlow Street, just south of Market Street, when he was shot around 8:20 p.m., according to preliminary police information. He was hit once in the upper left side of his chest, transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and listed in critical condition. Police said no weapon was immediately recovered.
December 5, 2015 |
The east side of Market Street has been getting all the buzz lately, with new residential buildings, a sophisticated mixed-used development at 12th Street, and the renovation of the tired Gallery shopping mall . But the stretch of Market west of City Hall is changing too, just more quietly. West Market is, hands down, Philadelphia's most boring street, a parade of undistinguished office towers where virtually every corner retail space is colonized by a bank branch - as though people still flooded the teller lines to make deposits and withdrawals.
November 27, 2015 |
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney said Wednesday that Streets Commissioner David Perri will head the Department of Licenses and Inspections in his administration. Perri, 57, has been streets commissioner since 2013. He will oversee a beleaguered department that needs an overhaul, as outlined by various reports over the last two years. The agency has had its share of problems over time, but has been on particularly rocky footing since the fatal Market Street building collapse in 2013. "L&I has been a severely badly performing department for quite some time now," Kenney said.
November 24, 2015 |
In the weeks after Pope Francis blessed their ailing daughter during his visit to Philadelphia, Joe and Kristen Masciantonio probably spent more time in the cancer ward at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia than at Mass at St. Cyril of Jerusalem in Bucks County. But last week, Joe said, scans showed that a troublesome tumor in 1-year-old Gianna's brain shrank significantly after rounds and rounds of surgeries and chemotherapy, to the point where it's "basically gone. " The girl's stunning reversal of fortune - following a dire diagnosis from her doctors - led one family friend to call Gianna's encounter with the pontiff "the Miracle on Market Street.
November 24, 2015 |
IN THE WEEKS after Pope Francis blessed their ailing daughter during his visit to Philadelphia, Joe and Kristen Masciantonio probably spent more time in the cancer ward at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia than at Mass at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church in Jamison. But last week, Joe said, scans showed that a troublesome tumor in 1-year-old Gianna's brain shrank significantly after rounds and rounds of surgeries and chemotherapy, to the point where it's "basically gone. " The tot's stunning reversal of fortune - which came after a dire diagnosis from her doctors - led one family friend to call Gianna's encounter with the pontiff "the Miracle on Market Street.