July 18, 2013
Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger acknowledged Tuesday that he did not alert city building inspectors after he was warned in May of dangerous conditions at the Market Street demolition site. Within an hour of receiving that warning, Greenberger said, he got another e-mail suggesting the problems were being resolved. Story, B1.
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.
July 14, 2013 |
A $5,000 reward is being offered for the apprehension of a Philadelphia man wanted in a Montgomery County kidnapping and homicide, the District Attorney's Office said. Andre "Dre" Collier, whose last known address was in the 5500 block of Market Street, should be considered armed and dangerous, officials said. Collier is a suspect in the May 5 slaying of Kareem Borowy, who was the victim of a home invasion robbery and kidnapping from his West Pottsgrove Township home. Three other suspects, Rasheed Teel, 21; Charles "Cheese" Freeman, 32; and Omar Miller, 27 have been arrested, according to police.
July 14, 2013
Phila. could put on a 250th show Philadelphians should start thinking about hosting a grand celebration to commemorate the nation's 250th birthday in 2026. The city hosted the successful Centennial Exposition in 1876, and a less successful Sesquicentennial Exposition in 1926. Just think what it could mean to the city and the nation to have a world's fair to work toward now. There is talk now of extending the Broad Street Subway down to a bustling Navy Yard, which would be a great site.
July 12, 2013 |
CITY COUNCIL is holding a series of special investigative-committee hearings in response to the deadly Market Street building collapse. A grand jury has been convened and lawmakers in Harrisburg are introducing legislation to prevent another tragedy. Meanwhile, out here in the real world, Heather Evans anxiously awaits actual change before pieces of her neighbor's neglected home come crashing down on her. The structural engineer's report can't be any clearer: Evans' neighbor's house on Passyunk Avenue near Washington is dangerous.
July 5, 2013 |
Amid the ruins from the Market Street building collapse, investigators have spent the last two weeks sifting through the rubble in search of personal belongings of survivors - and the dead. The list of items lost was long. A wallet. A purse. Keys. A cellphone. A favorite family photo. Yet when the painstaking search for those things ended this week, very few had been found. Those looking for personal belongings came up mostly empty-handed, and many of the items, now imbued with history and tragedy, may never be recovered.
July 2, 2013
FOR EIGHT YEARS, besties Abby Kessler and Katie Lubieski successfully grew their fashion brand, first with a line of T-shirts and later a popular boutique on the 200 block of Market Street. On Thursday, the co-owners of Old City's Smak Parlour will take their clothing business to the streets, literally, when they open what's believed to be Philly's first fashion truck. Taking a cue from local food-truck entrepreneurs who sell everything from homemade cupcakes to gourmet coffee, Kessler and Lubieski, both 34, will open a retail store inside an 18-foot-long converted box truck that is pimped out with French doors, hardwood flooring, track lighting, air conditioning and even a dressing room.
June 29, 2013 |
Hanging outside the Gallery on Market Street with her 6-month-old baby in a stroller, Dana Kinee drew on a cigarette, filling her lungs with the smoky satisfaction her body has craved since she was 9. She started for the same reasons virtually every other smoker does - fitting in and being cool. "I was trying to be like my older siblings," said Kinee, now 26. Since she joined the 43.8 million fellow Americans who smoke, she has tried repeatedly to stop. Nothing has worked.
June 28, 2013 |
Recent roof failures have accelerated the planned demolition of the Broad Street Armory, a process attracting heightened scrutiny in the wake of the Market Street building collapse that killed six people. The Armory site's developer and attorney say they are taking extra precautions in tearing down the four-story, dilapidated brick building, built in 1886. It could come down as early as next week, and neighbors have raised concerns about containing a demolition in the heart of South Broad Street.
June 27, 2013
J USTIN ROSENBERG, 31, of Wayne, is founder and chief executive of Honeygrow, a restaurant with locations in Center City and Bala Cynwyd. The name is shorthand for "honest eating, locally grown. " The concept is healthy/fast/casual stir fry, salads and smoothies, with touch screens to help customers breeze through the menu. Rosenberg, who graduated from Penn State and has an MBA from Temple, wants to expand Honeygrow. Q: How did you come up with the idea for the business?