May 24, 2016
ISSUE | HISTORIC RITTENHOUSETOWN The cradle of the paper-making industry Linda Loyd's article "Pulp trade boosts port jobs" (Monday) recounted the dynamic growth of the Tioga Marine Terminal in Port Richmond because of increased importation of wood pulp destined for regional paper companies. While the terminal may be a 21st-century success story, Philadelphia has been at the center of the paper-making industry since 1690, when the Rittenhouse family emigrated from Holland and built the first paper mill in British North America on the banks of the Paper Mill Run near Germantown.
February 21, 2012 |
The paper mill on flood-prone Flat Rock Road in Manayunk, one of the oldest industrial sites in Philadelphia, has changed owners at least half a dozen times since the 1970s. It's facing yet another reorganization. Current owner Sun Capital Partners Inc. , the Florida-based buyout firm coheaded by Marc Leder , one of the new owners of the Philadelphia 76ers , in 2008 made Manayunk its corporate headquarters for a reorganized group of paperboard and packaging plants called Paperworks Industries Inc. Boss Thomas Garland said last year he expected the company would keep growing, under Sun's ownership and with financing from PNC Bank , for three to five years at least.
June 12, 2011
Jonathan V. Last is a senior writer for the Weekly Standard I've been spending a lot of time with Fred Rogers lately. Mr. Rogers passed away in 2003, but he lives on in an endless series of repeats on PBS stations across America. In life, he was celebrated as a secular saint and a national treasure. But now that he's gone it's clear he was more than that. For all of his sweetness, Mr. Rogers was a countercultural figure. His show, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood , presented a liberal view of the world that often verged on self-parody.
June 30, 2006 |
Developers of several major residential projects breathed sighs of relief as floodwaters subsided yesterday. "It wasn't as bad as we feared," said Dennis Maloomian, whose 12-story apartment building on 23d Street on the Schuylkill is nearing completion. Water left a mess in the parking area. On Manayunk's Venice Island, where Venice Lofts condominiums are scheduled to accept residents in the fall, developer Carl Dranoff declared that his buildings "passed a very good test.
May 24, 2006 |
We were an upstart. Philadelphia already had six daily newspapers on June 1, 1829, when John Norvell, the former editor of one of them, teamed with a young printer named John R. Walker to roll out the first edition of the Pennsylvania Inquirer. What Norvell supposedly told Walker as he scanned the very first Page One was this: "In a free state, there should always be an inquirer asking on behalf of the people: 'Why was this done? Why is that necessary work not done? Why is that man put forward?
August 14, 2005 |
Just ask Barbara Solem-Stull about those places that aren't there anymore. She can tell you about whole Pine Barrens towns that have disappeared. It began several years ago, when the Shamong resident noticed the ruins while hiking and kayaking through the Pinelands, as the barrens are now called, with her husband, Gordon Stull. She became intrigued with the towns that once sported names such as Harrisville, Martha, Herman and Friendship. They were part of the life cycle that existed in the Pine Barrens largely in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
July 26, 2005 |
From his Boy Scout days, Bill Minahan remembers hauling piles of old newspapers to sell - for pennies a load - at the steam-belching paper mill on Lancaster Avenue in the center of Downingtown. The 19th-century mill was Downingtown's oldest, but it closed almost four years ago, and Minahan, 46, of Lionville, now a project manager for Carroll Contractors Inc., wondered what would become of the shabby complex of stone walls and makeshift sheds along the Brandywine Creek. Now he knows.
April 11, 2004 |
Andrew Hicks is banking that his Mill Town Square, between Pennsylvania and Lancaster Avenues, will become a trendy destination in this old mill town turned suburban enclave. His company, Tripoint Properties Inc., has sunk $11 million into the borough's largest retail site. "I bought it with the idea of totally revitalizing it," said Hicks, 37. "It's what you would call an extreme makeover. " Hicks said he liked projects that require creativity. And the idea of producing a Main Street-type center appealed to him. "We felt that Downingtown, with its historic background and the nearby parks, would make a great location for this.
June 9, 2003 |
Tom Scannapieco thinks he's found an underserved niche that will keep him busy for a decade or so: building very big condos for very rich people who are weary of sprawling estates with lots of people repairing things under foot. The veteran developer of residential and commercial projects says his first upper-upscale condo project, at the southern edge of New Hope in Bucks County, is well on its way to success. He's ready to buy sites for others. If you've got an estate you'd like to sell - and don't want to see it carved up into a subdivision - he'd like to hear from you. He wants to buy sites, particularly on the Main Line and around Princeton.
September 7, 2001 |
Our children have returned to school, armed with the Internet skills for academic research. But they also have the savvy to avoid research by purchasing term papers on the Web. Term-paper sellers have been around for years, with catalogs describing thousands of available papers and custom research offerings. They advertise in many university newspapers, as well as in magazines such as Rolling Stone. But until recently, their reach was often limited to local students who could easily access them.