June 14, 2013 |
THE SALVATION ARMY has a one-word answer for anyone who wondered if it rebuffed a request to put protective scaffolding over its Center City thrift shop: No. On Wednesday, the organization refused to address questions that arose after two lawyers separately claimed that the Salvation Army either denied or ignored requests to have scaffolding installed while a demolition crew tore apart a neighboring property at 22nd and Market streets. That four-story building crumbled on June 5, and flattened the narrow thrift store, killing six people and injuring 13 others.
September 15, 2011 |
SAN DIEGO - Scaffolding collapsed on more than a dozen cars at the nation's busiest border crossing Wednesday, injuring at least 11 people and halting all traffic trying to enter from Mexico, authorities said. A construction worker at the San Ysidro crossing between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, was in serious condition, said Maurice Luque, spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. The others were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, he said. A section of scaffold installed to protect cars from overhead construction collapsed onto eight of the crossing's 24 northbound vehicle lanes shortly before 11 a.m., officials said.
August 22, 2011 |
Cee Williams just knew there was something wrong with City Hall. He just couldn't put his finger on it. No, no, nothing political. He looked around the sun-splashed courtyard Friday afternoon. "Something's missing," he ventured. "I don't know what it is, but something's not right. " He cast his critical eye over the white granite facades, dazzling in the light. And then it hit him: no scaffolding. No Erector set of planks and pipes and screwed-together steel steps, no ladders dangling over empty space, no plastic tarps flapping in the breeze, no whine of cleaning machines, no hammering, no entrances blocked, no yellow caution tape, no construction fencing.
May 27, 1999 |
In the course of a long-running major repair job on the venerable Washington Monument, a lot of people in this staid old city have fallen in love with . . . the scaffolding. Some are even discussing the possibility of leaving the scaffolding - designed by noted postmodern architect Michael Graves - in place after the repair job is completed next year, or moving it to another prominent location. This being Washington, a town not noted for doing back flips over the nouveau, there is also a solid minority that hates the new structure.
March 13, 1998 |
Strong winds knocked two window-washers from their scaffolding alongside a four-story office building yesterday, causing one of them to plunge 52 feet, East Whiteland police said. Richard Culbertson of Honey Brook was flown to Brandywine Hospital, where he was in stable condition last night. His partner, Steve Petronri of West Chester, who had his safety harness on, dangled until firefighters arrived. He is fine, police said. "At this point, we're blaming it on the wind," said Detective Sgt. Jay Hess of the township police.
September 1, 2014 |
I'm currently sitting in front of my computer not wearing a bra. This is pretty standard for me, not usually an issue, except I just made eye contact with a construction worker standing one foot outside my window. I've got scaffolding problems. Construction is a fact of life in New York City. Real estate is to New York as oil is to Texas, it's where all the money is, and for real estate barons, maintaining and improving their most valuable asset takes precedence over any resident's needs.
August 23, 1990 |
Don't think the criticism about how long scaffolding encased the City Hall Tower didn't bother Mayor Goode. It did. When the last piece of the metal framework that has covered the historic tower for almost six years was handed to Goode yesterday at a ceremony in the City Hall Courtyard - which by the way is still encased in fencing and scaffolding - he held it high above his head. And when Deputy Commissioner Peter K. Aborn reached out to hold the pipe for him while the ceremony continued, Goode yanked it back.
August 29, 1995 |
An apparently deranged man who scaled scaffolding outside City Hall yesterday brought Center City bustle to a standstill for about 40 minutes. At first, the half-naked man, identified by police as Juan Valentin, 24, of North Philadelphia, was a minor diversion for passersby at Juniper and Market streets on the east side of City Hall. Shortly before 11 a.m., he climbed about three stories up the scaffolding, yelling, "I am God!" and "I love you!" to pedestrians. About 15 minutes later, Valentin climbed another three stories and began tossing building materials to the street below.
August 20, 1989
Is Philadelphia ready for a future without the sight of scaffolding on City Hall Tower? After all, we've grown so accustomed to the embarrassed face it puts on our city, have come to consider it the symbol of government's inability to get the job done - whatever the job. What are we going to gripe about if the city actually finishes the tower repairs, and in time to meet its deadline of April? 'Fraid it's time to face up to that as a real possibility. In the last week or so, 15 feet of scaffolding was removed from beneath Billy Penn's statue.