December 4, 2013 |
SPRING AND SUMMER will come and go before construction is finished on Dilworth Plaza - which flanks the west side of City Hall - pushing off the completion date for the project an additional 2 to 3 months. Center City District officials said yesterday that several unexpected snags in the construction phase and cost overruns are pushing the end date to Labor Day at the earliest. The original date of completion was slated for spring. "Relying on as-built drawings for Dilworth Plaza, which was completed in 1977, the Center City District and its construction team estimated in late 2011 the amount of underground demolition work that would be required in order to construct the three levels of the new Dilworth Plaza, while working around operating SEPTA lines," said Paul R. Levy, chief executive of the district.
December 4, 2013 |
IN THE wake of Sunday's deadly Bronx train derailment, commuters might be wondering: Could it happen here? Well, in Philadelphia, it's "not a likely scenario," according to Jeff Knueppel, SEPTA's deputy general manager. "We've had a good track record with the problem of overspeeding, and in a short amount of time, we're looking to eliminate it completely from our system," said Knueppel. In 26 years on the job, he said, he has not encountered a derailment on par with the one that killed four people.
December 1, 2013 |
Sometimes, national surveys seem to have little meaning locally, leaving one to wonder why the numbers-crunchers bothered to pass the information along at all. That does not apply, however, to a just-released survey by the National Association of Realtors on home-buyer preferences. The survey of 1,500 adults nationwide found that today's preference appears to be for walkable, mixed-use communities with shorter commutes. No need to stop the presses, of course. If you are a regular reader of "Town by Town" in the Sunday Business section, you know that walkability is mentioned by just about everyone interviewed in suburban ring towns or city neighborhoods.
December 1, 2013
Let the show go on at the Boyd While long a fan of Inga Saffron's fiery support for historic preservation, I think the long-shuttered and neglected Boyd Theater's future is folly as a single-stage venue ("The 'facadectomy' treatment," Nov. 22). Center City residents are begging for a modern, first-class cinema experience. And Chestnut Street needs to develop westward - which is why I very much support iPic Entertainment's proposal to bring the Boyd back to life. iPic will restore the Boyd's facade to its original, impressive state, as well as much of the facility's head house.
November 26, 2013 |
Michael is a quiet, friendly 13-year-old who enjoys going to church and participating in its activities. Some of his other favorite pastimes include playing basketball, testing his skills at video games, and watching cartoons on television. Michael also is a talented artist and spends many hours happily filling his sketch pad with colorful cartoon characters. It's no surprise that his best subject in school is art. He also does well in his reading class, where he served as a peer tutor last semester.
November 25, 2013 |
WHAT DO YOU get for the corporate hot spot that seems like it has everything? How 'bout some underground transit? U.S. Sen. Bob Casey called yesterday for extending SEPTA's Broad Street subway line into the Navy Yard, given the area's dramatic rebirth as a sprawling office park that's home to about 10,000 workers. Casey sent a letter to Brigid Hynes-Cherin, the Federal Transportation Agency's (FTA) regional administrator, urging her to discuss the potential project with SEPTA, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC)
November 18, 2013 |
A 1-year-old girl was struck in the head by a SEPTA subway train Friday night when her father, who was holding her, stood too close to the edge of the platform as the train arrived at the 30th Street station, an agency spokesman said. The child was rushed to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with unstable vital signs. Police said she was in serious condition. The girl's father, 22, was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, police said. His condition was unavailable Friday night.
November 17, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA When more than 30,000 runners and the spectators cheering them on arrive at the Philadelphia Marathon's starting line Sunday morning, they'll be greeted by security checkpoints that stretch for blocks. Backpacks and coolers will be forbidden. Uniformed and plainclothes police officers will move through the crowd. For the first time, the FBI will be on hand, partnering with local police for an added layer of security. City officials say they're always looking to improve safety at the marathon.
November 16, 2013 |
SEPTA transit police released dramatic video footage Thursday of a man exiting a bus and pulling a gun on another rider. Police say they have located the gunman. Their challenge now is finding his victim. Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel says there is likely enough evidence to charge the gunman with assault and related offenses. But he believes the victim's statement could help strengthen the case. "This is our last-ditch attempt at locating him," Nestel said Thursday. The incident occurred about 10:30 a.m. on Sept.