April 15, 2016
ISSUE | DEVELOPMENT Riverfront projects need parking, retail As CEO of Tower Investments, I respect the Design Advocacy Group but take issue with several points in its commentary ("Room for improvement in two Blatstein projects," Monday). The plans for a big-box shopping center at the former Schmidt's Brewery in Northern Liberties, which DAG opposed, were not mine. Northern Liberties had the property zoned "strip shopping center/area shopping center" before my ownership. When a proposed city development at Penn's Landing failed to materialize, I moved my design plans for that canceled project to the Schmidt's site, which Tower Investments had acquired, and created the award-winning Piazza.
August 10, 2015
ISSUE | PA. BUDGET To aid the vulnerable Understanding that human-services agencies have struggled through four years of funding cuts, Gov. Wolf has crafted a budget that works to restore $28.3 million for county service agencies, while Republican legislators' budget would shift $172 million in payments to counties for services for abused and neglected children into the next fiscal year, exacerbating the structural deficit. The governor's proposal would also give aging Pennsylvanians more choices for care and support and provide additional funding for individuals with disabilities.
May 7, 2015 |
Here's a clever way to secure a parking spot on Philadelphia's congested streets and help save the planet, too. Buy an electric vehicle. Under a little-publicized program, EV owners can apply to the Philadelphia Parking Authority to install a curbside charger in front of their homes. If approved, the PPA will mark the spot with EV-only parking signs. It's more effective than the time-honored trick of using lawn chairs to save a parking spot. And it's backed by the authority of legions of eager PPA enforcement officers.
May 6, 2015 |
An app that would allow Philadelphia drivers to pay for parking by phone - and add time remotely to avoid a ticket - could be launched as soon as fall, if the Parking Authority gets the green light from City Hall. But the Nutter administration fears the app will hurt the School District, which benefits from parking ticket revenue. "This is innovation," Vince Fenerty, executive director of the Parking Authority (PPA), said Monday in response to the administration's concerns. "It's about making it easier to pay your meter.
November 13, 2014 |
Phone apps that give heightened meaning to the phrase "prized parking space" are about to face pushback from the city. City Council's Streets and Services Committee on Wednesday advanced a bill aimed at shutting down phone apps that allow drivers to bid on and sell public parking spots. The bill amends the city's parking regulations to make it illegal to sell, lease, or reserve public parking spots. Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles have introduced or passed similar ordinances after apps such as Monkey Parking and Haystack started becoming popular in those cities, said Councilman William Greenlee, who sponsored the bill.
October 31, 2014 |
NO SAVESIES! That's what people in one city councilman's camp are saying with a bill that would make it illegal to "sell" your temporary public parking spot to a nearby driver in dire need of one. Councilman Bill Greenlee is trying to get ahead of what he says is a growing trend of private citizens selling public parking spaces - a practice that he says is both dangerous and illegal. The measure comes in the form of an ordinance he plans to introduce this morning that would apply to both metered spots and free street parking.
August 6, 2013 |
A controversial parking lot proposed for Haddonfield's historic district will go before the borough Planning Board on Tuesday. The First Church of Christ, Scientist, on Kings Highway East has long wanted to turn property it bought several years ago adjacent to the church into a parking lot for its congregation. The Haddonfield Historic Preservation Commission recently cleared the proposal to advance to the Planning Board. The church has made some compromises in its original proposal.
June 15, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Parking spots apparently aren't immune from the recent surge in San Francisco real estate prices. A spot in the city's trendy South Beach neighborhood sold last week for $82,000, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Thursday. The 8- by 12-foot parking space is in an enclosed garage in a condominium building near the San Francisco Giants' ballpark. A Porsche SUV was parked in it on Thursday. The Chronicle said the unidentified buyer did not respond to interview requests.
July 13, 2012
Skeleton recovery to be aired online JOHANNESBURG - Archaeologists will stream live footage online as they recover significant parts of an early human skeleton that's nearly two million years old, the first time the public can participate in the discovery process from their homes, a South African scientist said. Paleontologist Lee Berger said that it was valuable to bring the research to the public. "It's important for people to understand where they come from," Berger said. "This belongs to the people, this is the story of humanity.
January 12, 2012 |
DON'T GET between city residents and their parking spaces. Just ask the members of Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church, who found themselves bounced from street to street in search of parking and wound up feeling unwelcomed even though they've been worshipping in their South Philly neighborhood for years. The church sits in the 2300 block of Fitzwater, a crowded street of rowhouses and limited parking, made worse by recent development. For years, the mostly African-American church congregation had been parking across the street on the north side of Grays Ferry Avenue, adjacent to what's now Toll's Naval Square, a luxury gated community of townhomes and condominiums.