January 20, 2012 |
The city is close to completing the sale of a vacant, decrepit Center City building to a developer who would demolish it and build 110 apartments, with space for retail and a charter-school expansion. If the sale of the building - which once housed a YWCA Annex - goes through between the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and Aquinas Realty Partners, a significant source of blight would be removed from the block. The building, at 2017-23 Chestnut St., was the subject of a Philadelphia Daily News article in March 2010 that detailed how mold, asbestos, rat feces, and pigeon droppings in the space had generated outrage among neighbors.
October 16, 2011 |
More misadventures in home makeover, this time with curtains. You may recall that two years ago I painted my family room myself, on a Type A tear, but I took the Scottoline route. By which I mean, I took shortcuts. Lots of them. I painted around pictures rather than removing them, and the paint only reached 5 feet, 6 inches up the wall, which is my height plus my arm length, minus a ladder, which I don't own. This would be the mathematical formula for do-it-yourself wainscoting.
May 21, 2010 |
When it comes to the housing market for foreclosures - buyer beware. "One mistake that we see all the time is buyers going in and assuming all the mechanicals are working," said Brandon T. Johnson, president of GTJ Consulting in Roseville, Mich. "You have to be careful you don't get burned that way. " Johnson's company maintains foreclosed homes for a number of lenders, Realtors and Freddie Mac. He said the term "as is" shouldn't scare buyers off as long as they know what it means.
January 19, 2014 |
Question: My daughter and her 5-year-old sleep in a bedroom with a hardwood floor, filled with clothing and stuffed animals. She recently added a small table-top air filter and a humidifier that she activates every night, putting a half-gallon of water into the air in a 12-hour period. I already have a whole-house humidifier on the furnace, and I am concerned that she is going to cause a mold or mildew problem in the room, in addition to the unfinished attic and possibly adjoining bedrooms.
January 20, 2004 |
Mushrooms covered the ground, mold filled the air, and Debbi La Rue promptly made the switch from devoted distance swimmer to splendid sprinter. Of course, the dreaded combination of mushrooms and mold doesn't activate fast-twitch muscles or enhance speed. But indirectly, at least, it was a prime reason La Rue changed events. The Kennett High sophomore moved to Chester County from Frederick County, Md., as an eighth-grader. Allergies that had remained dormant in Maryland were suddenly electrified.
March 5, 2010 |
A reader purchased a window from Pella in 2000 for a bedroom she and her husband were preparing for their baby. It was a triple casement window from Pella's Proline series. In March 2009, she noticed mold growing in the lower corner of the center stationary casement. She immediately contacted Pella, but it took until June to get a technician scheduled to come out. They also charged her $120 for the visit. She heard nothing. After several calls, she finally got someone at Pella to let me know what the situation was. The person put in an order for a free replacement for the center portion of the window.
April 5, 1986 |
Somewhat as the first requisite for making rabbit pie is to bag a rabbit, among the first things one must do to prepare bronze for casting is to build a fire. Which is precisely what Haradhan Karmakar did yesterday. He built a fire - right in the middle of the Sharpe Circle Gardens of the University Museum, 33d and Spruce Streets. About two hours later, with several hundred dazzled school kids oohing and aahing, Karmakar showed what had been cast: a half-dozen exquisite bronze figurines and containers such as have been produced in India for more than 2,000 years.
April 7, 1995 |
The connection between American military history and ice cream is not immediately obvious. But it can be traced. Witness the headless admiral. During the 1890s, banquets in America frequently ended with an ice cream dessert, molded in a patriotic theme. Celebrating American naval conquests during the Spanish-American invasions of Cuba and the Philippines was a popular idea, but there were so many battles and so many victorious admirals that the makers of ice cream molds couldn't keep up. One enterprising mold manufacturer solved the problem by making a generic, headless admiral mold.
November 19, 1992 |
The on-again, off-again realm of Hartland statues is on again, with the announcement that the third incarnation is beginning to ship new Honus Wagner and Cy Young statues and has Roy Rogers and Johnny Unitas projects set to roll in the immediate future. Hartland vice president Ken Movold recently said: "A tremendous amount of activity has been going on behind the scenes and we have accomplished a great deal. Unfortunately, we are behind where we expected to be at this time, but we feel we're about to be on the launching pad. " The NFL recently licensed Hartland U.S.A.
March 25, 2012 |
At first glance, the staged color photographs of Nadine Rovner and the candid black-and-white ones of Yuichi Hibi, on view in two solo shows at Gallery 339, would seem to have little in common. But a longer look reveals both photographers as exceptionally attuned to the poetry of solitariness. Rovner's pictures of solitary young women in poses suggesting indecision, reflection, and longing are reminiscent of films from the 1950s and '60s that caught the confusion and frustrations of the era's middle-class teenagers so memorably.