July 13, 2015 |
For most shopping centers, a busy parking lot means busy stores. At Cheltenham Square Mall, on the other hand, the well-trod blacktop masks a big problem within. "There's, like, nothing in there," Kayla Smith-Campbell said Tuesday, glancing across the parking lot where a DSW shoe store closed last month, leaving only a sun-bleached outline of its old marquee. Inside the 1950s-era mall, more than half of the five dozen stores are shuttered. Those that remain sometimes go entire days without seeing a sale, several clerks said.
July 7, 2015 |
ANITA COTTON snapped a selfie just before 3 p.m. Saturday, wearing an American-flag shawl and a smile. "Happy 4 of July," she tweeted with the photo. Normally, such a snapshot would be nothing more than a silly memory posted online by a 17-year-old heading to college in the fall. Instead, it's become a memorial image of the young mother, retweeted nearly 200 times by her friends and family. Twelve hours after the shutter on her smartphone closed, police say, Cotton was stabbed to death in a neighborhood spat that reached catastrophic proportions.
June 10, 2015 |
Go-go bars and hot-sheet motels seemed to disappear overnight as Admiral Wilson Boulevard's $30 million transformation moved full speed ahead in 2000. But 15 years after then-Gov. Christie Whitman sought to improve the boulevard's aesthetics in advance of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, the pretty park that replaced the ugly south-side strip is still not open to the public. The 30-acre stretch along the Cooper River hugs the eastbound Admiral Wilson from just west of Baird Boulevard in Camden to the Pub restaurant in Pennsauken.
April 23, 2015 |
When Esta Schwartz moved into her sixth-floor condominium at the Philadelphian, the view was not its best selling point. The condos in the front of the building look out onto the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Art Museum, but her balcony, at the back, offered views of a black roof studded with large air-conditioning units. Not anymore. Last week, workers began spreading dirt atop the roof, then planting it with sedum and other greenery that will be pink in June, ocher come November.
April 17, 2015 |
It is an empty parcel at the edge of a block of rowhouses, a corner aglow from the nearby cheesesteak meccas that make South Philadelphia hum all night: Pat's and Geno's. But the lot at Ninth and Wharton Streets - like other real estate in resurgent South Philly - is the front line in a war over disappearing parking, a battle that finds longtime residents fighting the lucrative forces of progress. A developer's proposal to fill the space with a batch of apartments and stores is being met with fierce resistance in Passyunk Square, where redevelopment has made parking harder than ever for those who live in the century-old rowhouses that spoke off newly resurgent Passyunk Avenue.
April 9, 2015 |
THE FEDERAL TRIAL of six ex-narcotics cops accused of robbing suspected drug dealers resumed yesterday with combative cross-examination of a man who said he was lifted over a third-floor balcony, followed by an ex-drug courier who said cops stole 3 kilos of cocaine from him. Orlando Ramirez testified that on the evening of Sept. 6, 2009, he and another man, Rodney Lord, went to an Upper Darby parking lot on their way to meet with drug buyers. Ramirez said he worked as a courier on behalf of his uncle, who at the time lived in Mexico.
March 31, 2015 |
BRANDON COLE knows only one way to play basketball. No matter what, he goes hard. It doesn't even matter if the 6-4 forward from West Catholic Prep is playing in an all-star game. With Cole's City compatriots trailing by 10 with only seconds remaining at yesterday's 28th Annual All-Star Labor Classic, the Suburbs attempted a cherry-on-top alley-oop. That was when Cole flew in and broke up Amir Hinton's dunk attempt with a foul from behind. The play didn't appear dirty or dangerous, but it was certainly unexpected.
March 20, 2015 |
As I drove into the parking lot of Roberto Clemente Middle School in North Philadelphia to start my cooking classes there, my competition was staring me in the face: a giant Burger King sign. The restaurant is not even a minute's walk from the school. Trying to convince kids to cook healthy meals in a fast-food world is hard enough. But with Whoppers wooing them across the parking lot? There ought to be a law! If I needed confirmation that these students, like so many other American middle schoolers, were eating this junk, I got that pretty quickly: My five eighth-grade girls answered a questionnaire about what they eat for dinner and how often they eat fast food.
February 5, 2015 |
In a bid to cut down on Craigslist-related crimes, some local police departments are offering their lobbies and parking lots as a safe place for strangers to meet. "It's just a good idea that takes almost nothing in the way of resources," Abington Chief William Kelly said, noting that most police buildings have 24-hour camera surveillance. In 2014 alone, at least a dozen people in Pennsylvania and New Jersey were defrauded, robbed, injured, raped, or killed by a stranger they met on Craigslist, according to news reports - and those were just the cases that ended in prosecution.
January 14, 2015 |
A JURY YESTERDAY convicted a 25-year-old South Philly man of first-degree murder and related offenses in the 2012 shooting death of another man in a Walgreens parking lot in front of the victim's 5-year-old son. Jahmir Harris was then sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi to a mandatory term of life in prison. Harris chose not to say anything to the judge before he was sentenced. The jury found that about 8:15 p.m. Dec. 23, 2012, Harris was the gunman who exited the driver's side of a car in the Walgreens parking lot on Oregon Avenue near 23rd Street and unleashed 17 shots toward Louis Porter, 45, who had just parked his car in the lot and exited his vehicle.