September 23, 2013 |
WHEN EUNICE "Pastor Cookie" Sanchez walks out the door of Iglesia del Barrio on Cambria Street near Kip, she comes face-to-face with two active drug corners - and an abandoned rowhouse with garbage spilling out of broken basement windows and dozens of pigeons flying through shattered third-floor windows. Junkies prowl Cambria Street like feral cats. When they shoot up in front of her Kensington church, Sanchez tells them to leave and they cross Kip Street to the rat-infested alley next to the pigeon house.
September 11, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA HAS PLENTY of green success stories - like the large swath of land now known as Liberty Lands Park. Formerly the site of the Burk Brothers Tannery, the two-acre parcel in Northern Liberties was left to become a vacant weed-ridden eyesore in the mid-'90s after an effort to turn the property into loft apartments fell through. And now? "It's our Times Square," said Matt Reuben, president of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association, noting the park, equipped with several gardens and a playground, has become the center for local events in the neighborhood and "was a major factor in helping to transform the neighborhood.
May 17, 2013 |
It remains unclear whether a bronze Percheron might someday gaze out on Moorestown's business district, but a park honoring the breed of gentle workhorse now seems nearly certain. The nonprofit group Friends of Percheron Park reported that it raised an estimated $50,000 at a fund-raising gala on Tuesday, and that landscaping for the little park could begin this fall. A life-size statue of a Percheron, if it comes, "won't be standing in mud," publicity chair Julie Maravich said Wednesday.
April 14, 2013 |
Try to forget for a moment what a stud Diligence was. Yes, the legendary stallion sired more than 400 foals, but his amorous prowess is just part of why a group of Moorestown residents hopes to install a bronze statue in his honor. Diligence's truer claim to fame is as the founding father of the Percheron horse in America: a breed so hardworking and gentle that it became the nation's most popular draft horse. And it was to Moorestown that Percherons, including Diligence, were first imported to this country in the early 19th century.
November 16, 2012 |
NEARLY A YEAR ago, residents of Manton Street in the Pennsport section of South Philadelphia were angry because the small "pocket park" they had spent months cleaning was sold at a city auction. But after the Daily News reported about the sale, developer U.S. Construction agreed to return two of the four lots to the city to be kept as a park. "Your article got their attention," said Mark Berman, president of Friends of Manton Street Park. "They called me the day after the article appeared.
March 5, 2012 |
NEIGHBORS in South Philadelphia who worked all summer to restore the Manton Street Park can finally celebrate. The park's four lots had been purchased by a developer at a city auction of vacant and surplus property, but a deal has been reached to retain part of the land as a small "pocket park. " Hercules W. Grigos, the lawyer for the developer, US Construction, said his clients "had no idea this was a park. " "We had no idea of the neighbors' actions [fixing up the park]
May 21, 2010
Being on the bay at day?s end definitely beats being on the ocean. On the bay you can watch the sun set gloriously over the water ? instead of behind your back. These are some of the shore?s best spots to bask in the pinky-orange wonder of it all. - Becky Batcha The park, at Long Beach Boulevard and West Salem Avenue, has a big wooden pirate ship for kids to climb. For grown-ups, the grounds are well situated for watching the sun set over Barnegat Bay, with the marshes of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and the causeway bridge as backdrops.
May 4, 2007 |
The name John F. Collins may be unfamiliar, but if you've spent any time wearing down shoe leather in Center City, you've probably passed through his world. A landscape architect, Collins has made a specialty out of slipping pocket parks into the cracks in Philadelphia's street grid. Stumbling upon one of his secret gardens today is like finding a $10 bill on the sidewalk - better, in fact. It was Collins, 70, who provided city planner Edmund Bacon with the idea in 1965 for the pedestrian walk that now hopscotches among the townhouses and gardens of Society Hill.
September 9, 2004 |
On Monday, the Radnor Township commissioners will introduce an ordinance to change the zoning of a parcel of land at the corner of West Wayne Avenue and Owens Lane, the Savini property. The change will permit the owner to build eight or nine townhouses at $800,000 each. Currently, the property is zoned C-1 (commercial), allowing the owners to construct a 13,000-square-foot, two-story office building and an accompanying parking lot. Taking advantage of the commercial zoning would be a disastrous use of this small parcel of open space.