July 2, 2007
EARLIER this year, Mayor Street requested that City Council review housing regulations to require affordable and low-income housing in new developments. While it's exciting that officials are addressing the affordability crisis, there's an equally important issue that must be included in the conversation - accessible housing for Philadelphians with disabilities. According to the 2005 U.S. Census, 10 percent of residents 16 to 64 have a physical disability. In addition, adults with disabilities tend to live in poverty at higher rates than the general population, placing a premium on options that are accessible and affordable.
June 12, 1986 |
The MOVE disaster occurred a little more than a year ago, and the made-for- TV movie that will tell that story might start shooting by this fall, if all the pieces fall into place. That's a big "if," according to executive producer Jim Thebaut. "We're just into the second draft," he said in a telephone interview from his Carson Production office in Burbank. "Usually, there are a couple of drafts and a polish and then it has to be approved," he said. Following the process, Thebaut said, "is like watching grass grow.
May 5, 2008 |
Poison ivy Peace suddenly reigns in the battle of Wrigley. The Chicago Cubs and the defiant owner of three rooftop clubs overlooking the field have buried the hatchet. Tom Gramatis owns the clubs that allow guests to watch the game from atop houses outside the field. For years he hung on against a threat from Cubs' officials to erect screens that would block the views from the rooftop seats. But in an agreement reached Friday, Gramatis will continue to pay 17 percent of his profits from two rooftop clubs through 2023.
April 17, 1986 |
For years, Manhattan's wealthiest have used cooperative housing techniques to live in some of New York's most luxurious buildings. Now the same approach is starting to be used in Philadelphia to provide rehabilitated housing for the city's working poor and others who can't afford conventional single-family homes. Other cities in the Northeast and Midwest have used cooperative housing for years as a housing alternative for their less affluent citizens. But the idea has been slow to develop in Philadelphia.
July 30, 1986 |
Pennsauken Township officials are planning a drive to fix up and clean up two of the oldest sections of the township to prevent the areas from becoming blighted. Township construction official Art Johnson said that his inspectors would survey the areas, which cover nearly 150 square blocks, in the southern end of the community to locate run-down properties and have owners make needed repairs. If owners fail to make the repairs voluntarily, they would be cited for code violations.
April 12, 1996 |
The Logan neighborhood once bustled with active residents and tidy row-houses. Then it sunk to the ground as water erosion destroyed nearly 900 homes in a 17-block area. Yesterday, it became a political football. Former Judge John Braxton, fighting a heated battle with Congressman Thomas M. Foglietta for control of the congressional district that includes Logan, cited the neighborhood to attack his opponent. "Years ago, Tom Foglietta came up here among much fanfare," said Braxton, standing on an empty lot on the corner of 9th Street and Wyoming Avenue, where homes once stood.
November 27, 2009 |
With the green architecture movement taking the housing industry by storm, there's nothing more eco-friendly than buying and restoring an old house or even updating the one you have. Ingrid Abramovitch's new book, Restoring a House in the City: A Guide to Renovating Town Houses, Brownstones, and Row Houses (Artisan Books, $40), offers an outline for work at any stage of the renovating process with the goal of satisfaction with the final product. Philadelphia is a prime location for applying the ideas in her book, the author said.
June 30, 2010 |
Four Ukrainian brothers are under arrest and a fifth is being sought on charges that for seven years they staffed their Philadelphia cleaning business with illegal immigrants kept in virtual bondage by threats, intimidation and rape. U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger said the brothers found the mostly male workers in their native Ukraine, and smuggled them in through Mexico with the promise of a legitimate job. Instead, they worked 16 hour days cleaning retail and grocery stores and were paid little, if anything.
January 18, 1998 |
1500 Locust Apartments, Center City, Philadelphia From bottom to top, 1500 Locust Apartments offers its residents a lifestyle appreciated by the young and restless, as well as the more settled. For John Washington, 51, a resident for 21 years, convenience to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where Washington works in clinical research, is the building's biggest asset, along with the feeling of comfort Washington says he gets knowing that an attendant is at the front desk around the clock.
September 8, 1990 |
The Phillies looked like a legitimate baseball team again last night. They defeated David Cone, Tom Herr and the New York Mets, 4-1, disappointing a good portion of the 29,744 baseball buffs who came hoping to see the Mets make a move in the National League East pennant race. The Phillies would not be bullied, as they handed their archrivals their fifth straight defeat, through which the Mets have scored a mere three runs. With the Mets and the Pirates losing, there was no movement in the lofty reaches of the division - the Bucs lead the Mets by 3 1/2 games.