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March 29, 1990 | By Forrest L. Black, Special to The Inquirer
Delaware County government employees complained to the County Council that "outsiders" are parking at the county garage in Media, depriving them of their rightful parking spaces. The employees told the County Council at the meeting Tuesday that they have to get in before 8 a.m. to snatch a prize parking spot. If they have to park out on the street, they're at the mercy of the perennial traffic glut around the courthouse government complex and limited meter parking, according to Mary Ann Blair, chief deputy of the recorder of deeds office, and Cynthia Ferguson, of the register of wills office.
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February 21, 1988 | By Curtis Rist, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brian Formica, past president of the Downingtown Chamber of Commerce, who runs a shoe repair business, got a taste of the borough's parking problems when he went to a downtown dentist recently: His truck was towed. After calling three towing companies, he finally found the one that had removed his truck from the private Downing Center parking area, where a two- hour parking limit is rigorously enforced. The bill for towing was $40. "I'm a Downingtown resident and a business person," Formica said last week.
NEWS
April 24, 1988 | By Diane M. Fiske, Special to The Inquirer
The ever-changing number of parking spaces that has accompanied two years of proposals to upgrade the Paoli Shopping Center finally was limited to 536 by the Tredyffrin Township Planning Commission on Thursday night. The commission agreed unanimously that the figure was the maximum it would approve if developer Louis Brandolini met other conditions for his proposal. Last month, Brandolini brought his latest plans to improve the center before the Planning Commission. His preliminary plans to upgrade the center west of Route 252, on Lancaster Avenue in Paoli's special-development district, were approved last year.
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May 8, 1986 | By Dominic Sama, Inquirer Staff Writer
An amendment to toughen the zoning code provision for parking spaces has been recommended for approval by the Radnor Township Planning Commission. The amendment would require developers to build parking spaces "with a township-approved, durable, dustproof and all-weather surface. " The minimum dimensions would remain the same - 9 feet 6 inches wide by 20 feet long. The current code does not specify the composition of spaces. "Some parking spaces have been built on modified materials, even on grass," Michael D. Fleig, director of community development, told the commission Monday night.
NEWS
March 8, 1987 | By Barbara McCabe, Special to The Inquirer
An ordinance that would require developers to provide off-street parking when they convert apartments to condominiums is up for adoption by the Narberth Borough Council. During a work session Wednesday, borough officials, who had discussed the need for parking requirements at their February work session, agreed to introduce the ordinance at their regular council meeting tomorrow. According to amendments made to the borough's zoning code in December, developers of apartment units and condominiums are required to provide two off-street parking spaces for each unit.
NEWS
June 14, 1987 | By Mark Butler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Long-range plans under discussion by a committee of West Chester's Borough Council would add about 500 parking spaces to the town by the end of the year and a total of 1,000 over the next several years. To create additional parking in a town that has grown increasingly congested in recent years, developers could be required to contribute to a parking fund before obtaining approval for new building projects. The plan was outlined at the council's meeting Wednesday, by Councilman William B. Bowes,, chairman of the planning and zoning committee.
NEWS
August 17, 1989 | By Donald Scott, Special to The Inquirer
When Robert Gavin Jr. addressed the Horsham Zoning Hearing Board on Monday night, about six of his staffers from Gavin's Clownin' Around tavern sat in the audience and listened to him make a special request. Attired in white polo shirts with the establishment's insignia on front, the workers listened to their boss's request for a variance to allow 88 new parking spaces near the Horsham tavern. For several months, the request has been adamantly opposed by residents complaining of noise, unruly behavior and patrons illegally parking at nearby homes and businesses.
NEWS
June 13, 1991 | By Mary Anne Janco, Special to The Inquirer
Middletown Township Council has approved plans for 51 parking spaces for the county's proposed new emergency communications center on a portion of the Fair Acres complex off Old Middletown Road. The county plans to renovate the Watkins Building on the Fair Acres property at an estimated cost of $1.3 million to house the new emergency communications center. The county had originally proposed constructing a new building for the center, but decided to reduce costs by using the existing Watkins Building.
NEWS
March 26, 1987 | By Ellen Pulver, Special to The Inquirer
A request for variances to allow the conversion of a single-family home in Lansdowne Borough into three apartment units and to pave most of the yard to create 36 parking spaces met with opposition from nearby residents this week. Robert Cohen, a principal of Ath-Dara Associates, which owns the Ath-Dara apartment complex at 83 through 87 S. Lansdowne Ave., is proposing to convert the home at 93 S. Lansdowne Ave. into apartments and use much of the half- acre lot for parking to accommodate Ath-Dara tenants.
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August 6, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 15, 2013 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
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.
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January 12, 2012 | By JENICE M. ARMSTRONG, armstrj@phillynews.com 215-854-2223
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.
NEWS
November 8, 2011
By Gustave Scheerbaum Getting from one place to another safely and efficiently is a fundamental part of life. Philadelphia is fortunate in that a good portion of the population lives relatively close to the heart of the city, permitting many to get around by foot and bicycle. So how much should we value making transportation safer and more efficient, including walking and biking, and how should we balance that against our romance with cars? The South of South Neighborhood Association tackled this question through a project called Better Blocks Philly, part of last month's DesignPhiladelphia festival.
NEWS
October 5, 2011 | BY JULIANA REYES
PARKING ain't easy down in South Philly. On rough nights, you might have to circle a dozen times and smoke a coupla cigarettes before you find a spot three blocks from your house. Unless you're an off-duty police officer willing to bend the rules. In that case, Help Desk learned this week, there's a loophole in the city's parking enforcement big enough to park your car. For most people, an illegal spot isn't worth it. Philadelphia Parking Authority officers stalk the streets.
NEWS
August 12, 2011 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A Corbett administration official has been stripped of his state car and curbside parking spot after he allegedly cursed at a 66-year-old woman who had parked in his reserved space to use a public bathroom. The disciplinary action came after Philip Abromats, a deputy secretary in the Department of Public Welfare, allegedly hurled invectives at the woman, who had parked in his space at a side entrance to the Health and Welfare Building in the Capitol complex. Abromats, who oversees county assistance programs that provide food stamps and temporary cash aid to the needy, got into a shouting match with the woman.
NEWS
July 13, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 44-year-old man was arrested Tuesday and charged with shooting two people in the city's Feltonville section late Monday night in what police say they believe was a feud over a parking space. Raymond Howard, 44, was charged with two counts of criminal attempted murder and related offenses for the double shooting about 11:30 p.m. Monday on the 4500 block of Hurley Street, police said. The shotgun attack followed another shooting that evening on the same block in which no one was hit, police said.
NEWS
June 8, 2011
Though opponents sang the blues about parking issues and the impact on neighborhoods, zoning changes for a proposed Fishtown concert venue were approved by City Council's Rules Committee yesterday. The proposed venue would hold 2,600 to 3,000 patrons with a wraparound balcony and 105 covered parking spaces, situated along the Delaware River, north of SugarHouse Casino. The man behind the plans, David Grasso, told the Rules Committee that the area is a no-man's-land where criminals go to hide out or ditch cars.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2011 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
VENTNOR, N.J. - With the kind of Memorial Day weekend we had, there really is no turning back on this Jersey Shore summer. The run-up to the first big weekend reminded me of an episode of the Food Network's Chopped , with chef contestants going down to the wire on a ridiculous 20-minute deadline, flinging food onto plates for the judges as Ted Allen calls out, "Time's up. Please step back. " Or, in the Jersey Shore version, "Step away from the geraniums! Your visitors have arrived!"
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