December 4, 2013 |
A FRANTIC young man kicked in the door of a Strawberry Mansion rowhouse Tuesday afternoon and was greeted by the stench of charred wood and kerosene as his family fell apart outside. "Mom, it's all burned up in here," the young man yelled before rushing outside. The man didn't know that just hours earlier, his elderly grandfather narrowly escaped a fire there or that his housemate, Martha Frazier, 92, was found dead amid the wreckage in a second-floor bedroom of the blue brick house on Stanley Street near Norris.
January 22, 2013 |
Neighbors said Melissa Ketunuti, a young doctor who lived in Center City, dedicated herself to three things: her work, her dog Pooch, and her health. The petite, pretty young woman could often be seen in her quiet section of Center City walking Pooch, a black-lab mix, heading to work or going for a morning run. So when a woman believed to be Ketunuti was found slain in the basement of her house Monday afternoon - her hands and feet bound behind her back and her body set afire - the tight-knit block of Naudain Street near 17th where she lived was shaken to its core.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 26, 2004 |
DANNY BROUGH did not intend to kill Capt. John Taylor and Firefighter Rey Rubio last Friday evening when the two became trapped in Brough's basement fighting a fire. In fact, as Taylor and Rubio faced a dark, smoky cellar and became tangled in wires and grates, Brough stood on the front lawn of his neighbor's house and held his two boxer dogs and watched in horror as his house burned. How do I know? I was a few feet away, and I heard him utter, "Oh, my God, I f----ed up. " Port Richmond residents watched in silent prayer as Rubio and then Taylor were pulled from the basement with their crew ferociously pounding on their chests and performing CPR to get the men to start breathing again.
August 1, 2002 |
THE 2000 CENSUS revealed that many of the nation's largest cities experienced population growth during the nineties. Unfortunately, Philadelphia was not one of them. Despite significant accomplishments, the City of Brotherly Love continued its downward slide in population that began in 1950. Tourism has been identified as an industry that could reverse this trend in the coming years. For this to happen, the city has to become something it has never been in the past: a significant tourist destination for people living outside the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
June 24, 1999 |
Much has been lost in Wissinoming. People's homes have been destroyed. Neighborhood relationships have been strained. Lives have been disrupted profoundly. Most frustrating of all, perhaps, it isn't at all clear that this was anyone's fault. Work crews may have weakened the foundations upon which those houses sat, or those foundations may have been laid improperly three quarters of a century ago, or the Delaware River, one of whose small tributaries got filled in to build those houses, may have had the last laugh.
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.