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.
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.
October 5, 2011 |
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.
August 12, 2011 |
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.
July 13, 2011 |
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.