July 12, 2015 |
Inching along the Schuylkill Expressway on a rainy spring evening, Jill Betters measures her commute in podcasts. In less than three years, the 30-year-old has listened to 262 hours and 13 minutes, the equivalent of 61/2 workweeks, traveling between Fishtown and her job in Valley Forge. Headed east about 6:20 p.m., Betters, a marketing manager at a supplier of home building materials, notices an electronic road sign warning of police activity ahead. In 40 minutes she is supposed to be at a community meeting near her home.
December 18, 2014 |
Can the Schuylkill ever play a role like the Chicago River or Paris' Seine - a source of beauty and vitality that unites riverside neighborhoods like Center City and University City rather than dividing them? It's a decades-old dream, but key pieces are finally falling into place, according to civic leaders and developers who joined a panel discussion Tuesday at the Union League sponsored by the Central Philadelphia Development Corp. On both sides of the river, new projects such as Brandywine Realty Trust's 47-story FMC Tower at 30th and Walnut Streets and PMC Property Group's million-square-foot complex planned at 2400 Market St. are paying closer attention than their predecessors to the streetscape and river.
August 19, 2014 |
DOUGLASSVILLE, Pa. - Gov. Corbett pushed off into the Schuylkill from a boat ramp in southern Berks County early Sunday morning on Day Two of his annual kayaking tour of Pennsylvania waterways. The events are publicly billed as a way to promote tourism and the outdoors, but they also provide a quiet respite and few hours of haven for the usually media-shy chief executive. This year was no different, except that - given his standing in the polls - it might be the last kayak trip Corbett leads as governor.
April 26, 2014 |
If you've driven on the Walt Whitman Bridge, the Schuylkill Expressway around Gladwyne, I-95 near the SugarHouse Casino, or on the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Horsham and Fort Washington, you've crossed a certifiably decrepit bridge. And a report released Thursday by a Washington-based lobbying group highlighted a dubious and familiar note about deteriorating bridges in Pennsylvania: No state in the nation has more. According to the analysis by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, more than 5,200 of the commonwealth's 22,600 bridges - 23 percent - are rated structurally deficient under federal guidelines, a classification earned when an inspector rates at least one aspect of the bridge poor or unsafe.
April 6, 2014 |
A man's body and the partial skeletal remains of another person were recovered Friday from the Schuylkill, bringing to four the number of bodies retrieved from the river in the last two weeks, police said. "It's not uncommon in the springtime. As the weather warms, the water warms, so we're starting to see bodies float up," said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. "Two in a day is unusual. Four in two weeks is a high number for us. " The man's body was found shortly before noon, when it was spotted floating near the Market Street Bridge.
December 27, 2013 |
With Paul Markland at the wheel, one can expect highway conditions to be dry and wry. The cartoonist, musician, and part-time school bus driver - who produced a collection about the Schuylkill Expressway 20 years ago - is on that renowned road again with a fresh trio of volumes from Tate Publishing. Markland's new Buckle Up series stars Off-the-Wall Paul, his green-hatted alter ego, in a variety of vehicular vignettes jammed with clueless drivers, fearless truckers, and apocalyptic traffic backups.
November 9, 2013 |
To hear the champions of Philadelphia's university district tell it, the west bank of the Schuylkill is poised to give Center City's skyline a run for its money. Last week, Brandywine Realty Trust announced plans for its third riverfront skyscraper, a sharply faceted, 47-story office-and-apartment tower at 30th and Walnut Streets. West Philadelphia office space now commands higher rents than the aging behemoths in the city's legacy downtown. Such is the clamor to live close to the big campuses that at least five residential high-rises are in the works.
September 25, 2013 |
Erwin Boyd was driving a Volkswagen sedan, allegedly fleeing from police Sunday morning on the Vine Street Expressway, when he pulled over and switched seats with his passenger. The chance of eluding capture did not improve with Tikeena Isreal at the wheel. Boyd, 40, and Isreal, 41, were arrested after a wild run from pursuing officers that included a U-turn on the Schuylkill Expressway into oncoming traffic while Isreal was driving, prosecutors said. About 10:45 a.m., Camden County police attempted to pull over a 2011 Volkswagen CC near the Ben Franklin Bridge, according to Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.
July 12, 2013 |
THE SCHUYLKILL Expressway's nerve-racking enough without bullets flying around, but state police say one angry motorist skipped the horn and went for a gun in a road-rage incident Wednesday night. The victim was driving his Chrysler 300 west on the Expressway about 10:30 p.m. between Montgomery Drive and Route 1 when he accidentally cut off another driver, said Cpl. Gerard McShea, of the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Philadelphia. The victim said he saw the car behind him speed up and then heard a loud crack, McShea said.
November 14, 2012
Five cars crashed on the westbound Schuylkill Expressway, slowing Tuesday morning traffic for about an hour. One woman was taken to the hospital for neck pain, a PennDot patrolman said. Gretchen Wolf said it started as a typical slowdown on the expressway, with traffic coming to a stop. "I was able to stop but I guess the car behind me wasn't," she said. Wolf, who was driving a black Volkswagon GTI, said the rain was probably to blame. "The roads are really slippery, she probably slid more than hit," Wolf said of the Chevy driver who hit her. Three cars behind them were also unable to stop.